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Reading editorials of those opposing marriage equality, I am reminded of that prophetic phrase of Franklin Roosevelt, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” I have read fears that marriage equality will destroy the family unit, perpetuate evil and moral erosion, foster communism, and lead to the destruction of our democracy.

As Texas Ebola fears subside with the calming passage of time, we should remind ourselves that the dangers have not passed. And, as we direct prayers toward the Georgia and Maryland bio-isolation units where two Dallas nurses are fighting the disease contracted here, the nation continues to evaluate how to improve on an initially shaky response.

So two U.S. senators, a Republican and a Democrat, are marooned for a week on a deserted island...

The Wi-Fi at the stadium is more reliable than the Panthers.

With the flu season upon us and the specter of Ebola spreading, it is time to think seriously about banning shaking hands.

Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So, Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate’s dignity.

The Clean Water Act, which turned 42 on Saturday, is the most successful tool our country has to protect our water. In the past four decades, it has been responsible for reducing pollution, making our drinking water safer. It has increased hunting and fishing opportunities, and provided an economic boost to a myriad of industries, including outdoor recreation, beer brewing and many more.

No one in the family had been to college. But Elizabeth Warren won a debate scholarship to George Washington University. Though she let an early marriage derail it two years along, she got back on track and rose to become a Harvard law professor specializing in bankruptcy, a prominent White House official and now a U.S. senator. She’s been described as the nation’s top authority on the beleaguered American middle class.

Earth to N.C. Values Coalition...

Breast cancer giant Susan G. Komen has found its strangest bedfellow yet in one of the world’s largest oilfield services corporations, Baker Hughes. The two have teamed up for a second year to distribute 1,000 pink drill bits to oil fields worldwide. Each drill bit, which burrows thousands of feet underground to tap fossil fuel reservoirs, is “shipped to the drill site in a pink-topped container containing information packets with breast health facts, including breast cancer risk factors and screening tips,” according to energy news site FuelFix.com.

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