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Neither side is focusing on real issues about abortion

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TO THE EDITOR: I am writing in response to Jordan Stone's letter, "Federal funding of abortion itself is an example of imposing particular views." I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed in Emily Batchelder's column to which Stone was responding, but Stone does make some important points. I think it is important to point out the apparent inability of both sides to recognize the other's argument.


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Statistics show full scope of the sexual assault epidemic

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One of the reasons I am so vehemently pro-choice is that I feel that bodily sovereignty is one of the most significant issues facing women today. The idea that each woman owns her own body, on her own terms, at all times, is paramount in our struggle for equality and carries over into many other areas. It is fundamental that a woman control every aspect of her sexuality, primarily whether or not she will enter into any kind of sexual engagement.


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Counterpoint: must they divest?

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A hospital is a business. Its profits are measured in lives. Any deviation from completely impartial, free-market business practices threatens the viability of a business and its potential to succeed. In this case, it threatens the lives that the business supports.


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Lessons unlearned

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One would think that after chaos erupted from the 2000 election officials would have made voting procedures easier and more efficient before contests reached their climax last week. But that has turned out not to be entirely the case, and some North Carolinian candidates and constituents alike are continuing to feel the consequences. It's too bad that they are having to wait so long before any final result comes along, and it seems as if more could have been done to avoid such uncertainty.


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A new zero effect

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In a proposed budget going before the UNC-system Board of Governors, system President Molly Broad has recommended that there be a systemwide 0 percent tuition increase. The suggestion not to implement a systemwide increase is the best proposal for BOG members to go with. The potential to apply downward pressure on legislators' tuition policy outweighs any gains to be made by trying to outguess them.


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Smart safety step

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The UNC-system Safety Task Force did well to include a recommendation for background checks in a report to be submitted to UNC-system President Molly Broad. There's little doubt that something had to be done after the murders of two UNC-Wilmington students this year - the suspects in both of those cases lied about their criminal histories. It would be an impossible investment of resources for admissions officials to try to investigate criminal records for all applicants to UNC-system schools, but an ongoing effort to flag indicators of potential violence is in order.


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Deeper questions

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The University has some major decisions to make in terms of its business ties to Gildan Activewear, a blank T-shirt supplier that works with UNC licensees. But University officials must make sure not to rush into those decisions. The Fair Labor Association and the Worker Rights Consortium cited Gildan for violating its workers' rights by not allowing them to associate freely, by withholding their pay and by harassing them. The company added fuel to the fire by shutting down a factory in Honduras and effectively laying off 1,000 employees.


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Toward resolution

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Although no official decisions have been made, it's good to see that the Special Committee to Consider Renaming Airport Road has finally made some substantial progress toward ending the controversy. Regardless of the merits of the town's decision to hire a facilitator, the results indicate a process that worked.


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Hope can lead to unexpected results of life's competitions

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Let me be honest with you right now. As I write my last column before the election, there are a lot of things on my mind. For starters, my team, the Boston Red Sox, has just swept the World Series. I'm sure many of you will be surprised to know that I am, in fact, from New England. Liberal and a Yankee - geography-wise, that is. Crazy, I know. Inherent in the Sox winning their first series in 86 years is a lot of things. One of them being hope.


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Ideal to be upheld

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An injunction request in federal court by the Alliance Defense Fund that would temporarily reinstate Alpha Iota Omega Christian fraternity as an official student organization at UNC is a ridiculous affront to the spirit of free discourse that should take place in a university setting.


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Dueling concerns

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The Carrboro Board of Aldermen should be cautious about how it proceeds in handling opposition to constructing large buildings in the town. On Tuesday, the aldermen decided unanimously to impose a moratorium on applications for permits to build structures of more than two stories on 25 specific properties. The delay will allow a town subcommittee to plan a buffer zone between tall buildings and residential areas.


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Price for U.S. House

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David Price is running for another term in the U.S. House against Todd Batchelor, a Republican businessman and would-be newcomer to higher office. Price's record of being committed to his constituents in the 4th District and his hard work to represent their interests translate into his being deserving of re-election. He has many students for constituents, and he has supported them by fighting for income tax deductions for student loans and for a bill that gives scholarships to aspiring teachers.


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Lowering the drinking age would be healthy way to go

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TO THE EDITOR: With Election Day right around the corner, there are many issues that are being thrown into the faces of young student voters here at UNC. One prevalent issue is whether or not the drinking age should be lowered from 21 to 18. It is not because I am an 18-year-old eager to drink legally, but because there are clearly more beneficial effects with lowering the age, that I feel the current law should be changed.


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UNC groups should present different, third-party views

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TO THE EDITOR: I've noticed that several organizations on campus have hosted debates between the College Republicans and the Young Democrats, with stand-ins representing presidential candidates George Bush and John Kerry. My question is, why? Are we really still unsure of where these candidates stand on the issues? Neither has proposed any plan for campaign finance reform, universal health care, an end to corporate welfare, a viable resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, et cetera.


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Easley for Governor

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North Carolinians sent Mike Easley to the governor's mansion four years ago. He became the chief executive of a state that needed major fiscal damage control. He did just that. His solid stewardship during those years has shown him to be capable of guiding the state well in terms of its budget management. The governor made tough yet reasonable calls regarding budget cuts and maintaining fiscal discipline during his first term. That's why The Daily Tar Heel Editorial Board endorses him for re-election.


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Bowles for Senate

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Voters in this state have a crucial decision to make Tuesday. The race for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated by John Edwards has been identified by national media as one of this year's most importance contests. But there is a clear choice in this election. The Daily Tar Heel Editorial Board endorses Erskine Bowles for U.S. Senate.


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Today is the very last day to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 2 election

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TO THE EDITOR: To all absentee voters voting in North Carolina: today is the last day to request an absentee ballot. In order to vote absentee, you must contact your local county board of elections to request a ballot. Contact information for each N.C. county's board of elections can be found at http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/about/directors.asp. To all voters registered in Orange County: Early voting at the Morehead Planetarium and Carrboro Town Hall will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Saturday.


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Paying officials rejects purpose of activity fees

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Running a student organization on UNC's campus is a thankless job. I know firsthand, albeit 11 years ago, when I was a leader of the UNC College Republicans. During that time I served one year in UNC's Student Congress. Simply put, students should not receive reimbursement for working on student organization-related activities. Student fees should go for student activities and programming - not salaries or stipends for members of Congress who administer those funds. Period.


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Better ways to spend funds

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Continuing and expanding the practice of paying student officials will have negative consequences for our student government. It is important that you consider the following questions prior to voting on the referendum: 1. Is this how you want your money spent? The money that is used to pay the stipends comes directly from the Student Activity Fee you pay each semester. That fee is principally used to finance student events and activities. Fees helped bring speakers such as Ben Stein, Paul Krugman and Ann Coulter to campus last year.


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The right priority

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Tuition increases always can be tough pills for students and their families to swallow. They can be even tougher to take if the extra money is not being used to create the best possible learning environment for the student body as a whole. That's why it was a strong move on the part of the Tuition Task Force to take new merit-based scholarships off its list of priorities related to potential increase scenarios.