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At the paper, we tackle pro/con stories weekly.

Tuesday's paper features the topic of whether women should be in combat. For this story, many people spoke out about whether this should be taking place. Some sources wanted to remain anonymous, which is generally against our policy, while others had thoughts that were not significant enough to include in the package.

Reporters often remember the comments we can't include in stories, for one reason or another. In this case, one veteran explained he was not in favor of women in combat because "I wouldn't feel right if I was defecating in a hole during an assignment while a woman is there with me."

Women in combat also raises health questions, although that's a different story from the one we tackled. A study in January 2012 concluded that women health care providers report more psychological stress than men.

What might this additional stress mean to women serving in combat?

Post updated Feb. 6