The Daily Tar Heel

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Sunday May 9th

Sales tax revenue needed

Chapel Hill is undoubtedly a charming place to live. Although it is not far from Durham and Raleigh, Chapel Hill has maintained its small town atmosphere, making it an appealing place to go to school or raise a family. But some residents believe that preserving the town’s charm means rejecting the presence of “big-box” stores like Wal-Mart and Target, and this rejection comes with a price.

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Billions at stake in ‘biologic’ medicines

Expensive medicines can make lifesaving treatments unaffordable. We allow drug companies to sell at monopoly-level prices to help them recoup investment, but these high prices come at the expense of our welfare. Fortunately for traditional drugs, generic competition can quickly and dramatically reduce prices after the monopoly protection provided by patents expires.

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QuickHits for Nov. 5

Tree fallingThumbs downA large oak tree fell on campus, inflicting minor injuries on two people. This incident answers the age-old question: If a tree falls on a college campus, does it make a sound?FloatsThumbs up

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Out-of-state, out of mind

Students should demand a fair, proportionate tuition increase for all students at the next tuition and fee advisory task force meeting Nov. 11.The N.C. General Assembly has mandated in-state tuition rise by only $200, or 5.2 percent. But under the most recent plan, out-of-state students would be subject to a 6.5 percent increase — $1,414.30 for the next school year.

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Safety matters more

Every Halloween, the town of Chapel Hill seems possessed by a single statistic — the size of the crowd on Franklin Street. But this is the wrong metric for measuring the success or failure of the tradition. So here is an alternative proposal: Forget about the size of the crowd. Instead, focus on its safety and the conduct of its participants.

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After war, comfort is in little things

I recently went out on Franklin Street celebrating a Marine’s safe return home from Iraq. I did not know him well, but as I saw him greet old friends in the parking lot on Rosemary Street, my heart ached with how momentous this day was for him.But this conclusive victory had not brought everyone out into the streets.

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Ellis’ project to work with schools is enlightening

TO THE EDITOR:As someone who doesn’t typically vote in Homecoming elections, after reading the article “Ellis supports mental health” (Nov. 2nd), I felt compelled to support her campaign. Being an elementary education major, I am familiar with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School system and its underdeveloped programs for children with special needs.

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Brownstein’s character and credibility for School Board

TO THE EDITOR:I would like to take this opportunity to endorse Michelle Brownstein for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. I have known Shell and her family for four years, and can personally attest to her candidacy, credibility and character. She’ll set three priorities in her vision for improving the educational outcomes of our district’s youth.

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