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The facts about Benghazi

January 5, 2014 • EditorialComments Off

An exhaustive investigation by The Times goes a long way toward resolving any nagging doubts about what precipitated the attack on the United States mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The report by David Kirkpatrick, The Times’ Cairo bureau chief, and his team turned up [&hellip...

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Cholesterol risk calculator is too risky

December 1, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

While the health care system might be a fit topic for newspaper advice, medical care is not. This was proven yet again when it was widely reported this month that the nation’s leading heart-health organizations had unveiled a “risk calculator” expected...

The bill comes due for Obamacare

October 16, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Lost in all the recent debate about whether Obamacare should exist is this pertinent fact: With the rollout this month of new health insurance exchanges, it does exist — and it’s dramatically underperforming relative to the promises of its advocates....

The NSA’s social media snooping

October 7, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

In testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the director of the National Security Agency assured lawmakers that the agency does not secretly monitor Americans on social media. The remarks by Gen. Keith Alexander contradicted a report...

Keep public’s business public

September 7, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

We are baffled at the secrecy surrounding the findings of an audit financed by the state that’s prompting management changes at 15 New Mexico nonprofit behavioral health care providers. Suspending payments for vital services and then forcing leadership...

Keeping smartphone choice alive

September 6, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

With the $7.2 billion Nokia acquisition, Microsoft becomes a player in making smartphones. The Finns are sore about this. Nokia is Finland’s flagship company. In 2010 Stephen Elop, a Canadian, left Microsoft to become the first foreign chief executive of...

NFL brain injuries

September 6, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Next week the National Football League begins play in earnest, and across the nation millions of Americans will welcome another season of this thrilling, but violent, sport. But this season will be different. It is the first in which the NFL has financially...

Time for a realistic approach to pot

September 5, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

We were both surprised and encouraged by last week’s announcement from the Department of Justice that it will respect state laws regulating the use of marijuana. The decision is a welcome move which recognizes the costly and futile federal prohibition...

MLK’s dream

September 4, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Fifty years ago, at the Lincoln Memorial, during the dog days of summer, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his memorable “I Have a Dream” speech to a crowd of more than 250,000 and to the world. The speech and the moment have become legendary in...

Lobbyists shouldn’t get public pensions

September 3, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

According to an Associated Press expose, at least 20 states allow professional lobbyists to collect public pensions. That means the very people who are paid — frequently very well — to have your tax dollars spent on behalf of their employers enjoy public...