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March on Washington

August 29, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Three days before he stood atop the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of the most momentous speeches in the history of the Republic, Martin Luther King Jr. appeared on the NBC interview program “Meet the Press,” during which he laid out his vision for a colorblind society. It is worth recalling the [&hellip...

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Resist urge to strike Syria

August 28, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday the fact that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians in rebel-held areas of the war-torn country is “undeniable,” adding that the U.S. government will release additional...

Holding parents accountable

August 27, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Where are the parents? It’s a popular question that arises whenever violence involving teens erupts, as it has this summer. The idea that parents have the primary responsibility for keeping their teenagers and younger children in line is sound, of course....

Obamacare puts on the squeeze

August 26, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Even the news last month that the employer-mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act has been delayed to 2015 hasn’t stopped an avalanche of companies looking for ways to shed costs to cover the expenses associated with implementing the health care law....

Cheating players break their contracts

August 13, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Strangely enough, the attitude of many before the news broke that 14 Major League Baseball players, including sluggers Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez, had received long, season-ending, suspensions in the wake of the Biogenesis steroid scandal is probably best...

U.S. can’t change Mideast

July 9, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

As we observe the latest round of disharmony in Egypt, where a restive population grew weary of the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and an ousted president Muhammad Morsi, we can’t avoid one conclusion: Anyone who tells you they understand the future...

Voting Rights Act

July 2, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a milestone in the civil rights movement, and it changed the face of government by making it easier for black voters to cast their ballots, and for black candidates to be elected to political office. That milestone...

Postal reforms remain undelivered

April 21, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night prevent reforms of the U.S. Postal Service. Instead, it’s a lack of will by Congress and bureaucratic inertia at a public agency that has not met the challenge of private competition. At a congressional...

Gun vote was a beginning, not an end

April 20, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

When President Barack Obama on Thursday in Boston referred to “small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build,” he was talking about terrorists. He was talking about the person or people who planted the two bombs that destroyed the pure joy...

Priority call poses problems

April 8, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

The Carlsbad Irrigation District’s announcement Tuesday of plans to request a priority call on water usage smacks of desperation and poses a threat of further damaging an already fragile situation regarding our area’s most vital resource. Inviting the...