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Let's clear out the mail backlog, shall we, beginning with some older stories that are still getting comments and moving on to more recent ones.

Last month, you'll recall, we ran a story on Raleigh pastor John Pavlovitz, who argues for a more inclusive brand of Christianity. Commenter seadog_terry doesn't seen Pavlovitz's positions as a sign of strength. "Just division cloaked in progressive warm and fuzzy. As a parent, did John ever say to his children, 'No candy before dinner'? His children questioned him and, as a parent, he needed to guide and explain to them why 'no' was the truth. The Bible is the truth, so while we love the sinner, we must admonish them."

Here is Chris Howell, responding to the news that North Carolina FC missed out on the 2017 Major League Soccer expansion: "I would love a team, but that location for a stadium is horrible! The roads around there can barely handle day-to-day traffic, much less the tens of thousands more this would create. There are better sites with better access to major highways. Putting a stadium in the middle of a bunch of two-lane roads in a stoplight-every-block city would tie traffic up for hours—just look at the traffic the Red Hat creates."

Paul Vant seeks to clarify: "Raleigh did not lose out on MLS. We're not a candidate for 2017 expansion. Raleigh has always been trying for 2018 expansion."

Last week, we wrote about a new analysis that says the Senate's tax bill—which repeals the individual mandate—will lead to some thirteen million people going without insurance, including tens of thousands in the Triangle. "This is simply not so," writes @RogerWAllison. "It means that 32K N.C. residents currently forced to buy unaffordable (mine is $969/month w/ a $7K deductible) insurance will have a choice!"

@RealGuyBroman offers a similar thought: "You misspelled 'would not be forced to buy government-approved medical insurance under threat of penalty.'"

Responding to a story about the new, fractious Raleigh City Council, after several council members rejected the mayor's committee recommendations, Joe Boisvert writes: "The Russ Stephenson-David Cox-Kay Crowder axis may work for a period of time, but they shot themselves in the foot, as they just lost their largest campaign donor—the mayor."

Ben Yannessa blames us: "Thanks to the INDY-supported candidates for bringing Raleigh to a standstill. Nice job. NIMBYs rule!"

Finally, on Friday, editor Jeffrey Billman commented on a News & Observer story about the surge in religious vaccination waivers in North Carolina: "To be blunt," he wrote, "refusing to vaccinate your kids on pseudo-religious grounds because you believe whatever nonsense you read on the internet puts other children in danger and should not be allowed."

The anti-vaxxers weren't happy. Here's Chris Steffens: "Jeffrey/INDY Week, to be blunt, fuck off."

Shannon Theresa Zarb: "That is blunt and misinformed. When the government can guarantee that vaccinations are safe, do not contain a host of dubious ingredients, and will not permanently harm/disable my children, then we can talk. Right now, they can't even make those claims with our food supply. I'm not an alarmist, but parents have not only the right but a responsibility to make those choices for their kids—religious beliefs or not."

Robert Preston counters, "There will always be people who think they know better. Either through their flawed understanding of statistics or science, or intellectual arrogance. I'd say let them 'Darwin,' but the sad part is their paranoia and narcissism hurts their children."

Indeed, as @what_thebuck points out: "Some kids can't get vaccines for medical reasons (like newborns or people with allergies), so purposefully unvaccinated children are putting other children at risk, too. Herd immunity is very important."

Finally, @lexicallen argues that even if that weren't the case, immunizations should still be mandatory: "In addition to putting other children at risk, it also puts your own kid at risk to make those choices. I don't like the positioning of, Well, it's OK if you wanna risk your kid's life, but you don't get to risk other people's kids.'"

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