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Police drones

May 29, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Big Brother is watching you more closely than ever — and soon, perhaps, with drones. The pilotless aircraft that the U.S. government has used to spy on (and kill) insurgents in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere were approved by the Federal Aviation Administration last week for local law enforcement. Federal officials already had that permission. Police...

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Memorial Day

May 27, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

On Monday we will pay tribute to the men and women who have answered our nation’s call to arms and shouldered the responsibility of safeguarding the freedoms enjoyed by us all. We will honor those who gave their lives in the service of their country. In a...

World Opinion

May 26, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

NATO support for Afghanistan In agreeing to provide substantial, ongoing help to Afghanistan after the last NATO-led forces, including our own, leave at the end of 2014, Julia Gillard is on the right track. Her pledge of $300 million to the $4.1 billion fund...

National Opinion

May 25, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

FDA and a home HIV test Here are three sobering statistics about health, life and death to contemplate. In the United States, 619,000 people have died of AIDS in the past 30 years. Worldwide, the death toll surpasses 30 million. And contrary to conservative...

Odd USPS move

May 24, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

The United States Postal Service is taking a curious path as it struggles with budget and operational reforms in desperate pursuit of financial stability. Alienating customers as loyal and old as the postal system itself is an odd business choice, but that is...

Gas price gouging, by government

May 20, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

With gasoline in this region persisting at $4 and up, the inevitable complaint is raised that motorists are being gouged by greedy oil companies. Motorists are being gouged. But the culprits are in Washington, where energy policies intentionally restrict oil...

World Opinion

May 19, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Palestinian prisoners In mid-April several dozen Palestinians began a hunger strike that has since grown to include almost 2,000 Palestinian prisoners. The prisoners demand not only an end to the practice of administrative detention, but also increased family...

National Opinion

May 18, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Congressional spending cuts Anyone who wonders why the national approval rating for Congress hovers around 10 percent should consider the latest gambit by House Republicans. They are now trying to avoid the automatic budget cuts triggered by collapse of...

Illegal immigration

May 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

A new report confirms what the Mexican government announced one year ago: net immigration from that country to the United States essentially has dropped to zero. The Pew Hispanic Center released a report last week stating that for the first time since the...

JPMorgan at it again

May 16, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

For the vast majority of Americans — 99 percent, to borrow a phrase — banking is commercial and relatively simple. A checking account, a savings account, a credit card or two. A mortgage, a small-business loan or a line of credit for daily business cash...