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National Opinion

May 4, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Medicare and Social Security Many Democratic politicians, including President Barack Obama, are sounding a familiar alarm that Republicans aim to “end Medicare as we know it.” Some of them also have been reprising an election-year tradition by accusing GOP opponents of being intent on “destroying Social Security.” But both of those massive federal...

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Army begins to remake itself

May 3, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

After nearly 10 years of relentless combat, the U.S. Army has begun to catch its breath and think about what’s next. Army Chief of Staff Raymond T. Odierno, in an article published last week in the May/June edition of Foreign Affairs, writes that the coming...

Postal bailout a dead letter

May 2, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

The U.S. Senate’s bailout of the faltering Postal Service just postpones reforms and restructuring that have to take place. And the nearly $11 billion allocated to the service in the bill would make the needed changes all the more expensive. House GOP...

Dick Clark

April 29, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Some people can still remember Dick Clark’s earliest black-and-white American Bandstand telecasts. Television was young — so was he, and so were we. Now TV is old hat, losing ground to the Internet. Dance shows are rare if available at all. Despite the...

World Opinion

April 28, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

France’s presidential election Observers have been quick to point out the unprecedented nature of Nicolas Sarkozy’s defeat in the first round of the French presidential elections. No incumbent has failed to lead the field at this stage since direct...

National Opinion

April 27, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Federal budget deliberations Instead of touting an unrealistic Democratic budget plan in the face of an unrealistic Republican budget plan, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., just did something significant — and responsible. Unfortunately, he’s also leaving...

Greenpeace has a beef with Apple

April 26, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

As soon as a company achieves a certain amount of success, it often begins attracting the attention of bureaucratic government regulators and special-interest groups. President Ronald Reagan understood this all too well when he said, “Government’s view of...

Hands off second mortgages

April 25, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Fresh out of the gate after basically gaining the Republican nomination for president, Mitt Romney has stumbled. He has been stung by attacks on his reported wealth of $250 million; and by President Obama’s call for a new “Buffet Rule” tax, named after...

Taxing the rich no sure winner

April 22, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Here’s hoping you didn’t have to push yourself too hard on Tuesday to make the federal income tax-filing deadline. Taxpayers had until midnight to “git ‘er done,” arrange for an extension or gird themselves for penalties and interest....

World Opinion

April 21, 2012 • EditorialComments (0)

Korea talks In a presidential statement, the United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned a failed satellite launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on April 13. The Security Council also urged the DPRK not to proceed with any further...