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Syrian tragedy

July 26, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

As the weekend began, it had become apparent that Syria’s horrific 17-month uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad had entered its final stages. It remains only to be seen how many people must die before Assad realizes that and what, if anything, the international community can do to ease Syria’s transition to whatever [&hellip...

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Editorial

July 22, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Texting and driving Teens just don’t get it. And neither do legislators who persist in trying to overcome obduracy by passing laws that cannot be enforced. In 2006, the General Assembly imposed a cell-phone ban on teenage drivers. That year, the Highway...

World Opinion

July 21, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Taliban polio vaccine ban The reputation of the Taliban was already well-established and did not require the use of child hostages to convince anyone of the extremists’ venal nature. Even so, the ban on polio vaccination in northwestern Pakistan — and the...

National Opinion

July 20, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Soldiers’ pay “Citizen soldiers” in the National Guard and ready Reserve are critical to our security. As recruiting incentives, the Pentagon provides double pay for days the citizen soldiers spend training (one weekend a month and two weeks during the...

Ways to kill Obamacare

July 18, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Some of the most onerous obligations of the illogically named Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare, may yet be defeated. When the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare’s constitutionality by curiously deciding its penalty for not buying health insurance is...

World Opinion

July 15, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Egypt The manner in which Mohammed Morsi became the first elected president of Egypt in June made confrontation inevitable between his Muslim Brotherhood and an army that has held power for the past 60 years. The generals had maneuvered to dissolve the...

National Opinion

July 14, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

The economy If you were to chart jobless numbers over the past three years, it would be flat-lining right now at a low point. Some 12.7 million Americans are looking for work, and in June only 80,000 landed jobs, a rate that barely keeps up with population...

Right call on Medicaid

July 12, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Lost in much of the political analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark health care ruling is the power the court gave to the 50 state governors. It was a small consolation prize for many governors who had opposed the Medicaid expansion and the mandate...

Lawmakers need to step up

July 11, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

The Obama administration must have found the latest survey of economists by The Associated Press sobering. We know we did. A majority of economists expect the national unemployment rate will remain stubbornly fixed above 6 percent for at least the next four...

Answers needed on Fast and Furious

July 8, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

The disputed documents sought by the House involve Justice Department memoranda on an attempt led by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to feed weapons to Mexican drug cartels in the hope of running down illegal gun-runners. The...