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Letters to the editor: Abortion, cookies and copters

We get far, far more letters than we could possibly print. Here's a batch of more than 20 that just got overrun by other issues before we could get them into the paper.

Steve Ford: Three bills that McCrory shouldn't let over the bar

Former N&O editorial page editor Steve Ford writes for the N.C. Council of Churches about three bills Gov. Pat McCrory should veto.

One is about environmental regulations:

"If Gov. Pat McCrory goes along with the General Assembly’s partial “disassembly” of state environmental rules – and if North Carolina loses significant ground in the battle against pollution, as likely would be the case – he won’t be able to say he wasn’t warned.

"Fourteen of the state’s environmental groups have teamed up with a request that McCrory veto House Bill 74 – which they describe as a “68-page compilation of special interest handouts.” The so-called Regulatory Reform Act of 2013 was approved by the Republican-controlled Senate and House in the closing hours of the legislative session that concluded on July 26, with environmental advocates strongly objecting."

Read the rest of his blog post at here

Dwane Powell cartoons: The legislative session in review

In case you missed the link, you can peruse all of Dwane Powell's 2013 legislative cartoons in one place here

Letters to the Editor: General Assembly, Gabby Giffords, President Obama, abortion, landfills, hybrid tax and toll roads.

Here's a batch of letters that got overrun by other issues before they could see print.

1374002998 Letters to the Editor: General Assembly, Gabby Giffords, President Obama, abortion, landfills, hybrid tax and toll roads. The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Dwane Powell: Republican disdain for NC women unsealed

The N&O’s former cartoonist just couldn’t sit out this legislative session, not with all the fun things to draw. He’ll be offering his view every Sunday in The N&O during the session. Here’s this week’s.

Dwane Powell: McCrory and his meeting with the money bags

The N&O’s former cartoonist just couldn’t sit out this legislative session, not with all the fun things to draw. He’ll be offering his view every Sunday in The N&O during the session. Here’s last week’s.

Dwane Powell: Those crazy outsiders thinking they're all moral

Dwane Powell: That giant school sucking sound you hear

Dwane Powell: The monstrous mastopus has a hand in everything

The N&O’s former cartoonist just couldn’t sit out this legislative session, not with all the fun things to draw. He’ll be offering his view every Sunday in The N&O during the session. Here’s this week’s cartoon.

What NC company wanted to use Islamic law in the USA?

A: The private military contractor Blackwater.
On Thursday the state House has passed a bill to eliminate the use of Sharia law in North Carolina. Opponents of Sharia like Rep. John Blust of Greensboro say Islamic law threatens to how North Carolinians marry, divorce and determine child custody: “It’s creeping, but it is stated within those who are pushing it, that is their goal: to have this type of law rule the world."
Blackwater had a different aim in mind back in 2006. They wanted to use Sharia to escape responsibility for a botched flight that killed three soldiers and the flight crew. Under Sharia law, employers are not liable for harm done by their employees. Federal judges opted to stick with U.S. law, despite the company's entreaties.
Blackwater and its insurers settled the lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.

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