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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. Recall that when President Obama was touring the country, touting his proposed health care reforms,...

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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...

Time for leaders to get to work

September 2, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

Many members of Congress, while on legislative break, can be heard lamenting the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, D.C. The only problem is that it is old hat in Washington. Most federal officials, Democrats and Republicans, come home during the summer...

Countdown in Damascus

September 1, 2013 • EditorialComments Off

  The clock is ticking away as the United Nations inspectors try to find traces of chemical agents. The fear is that they may have been dissipated. But as far as the world body chief is concerned, he is already judgmental. In a brief media talk in Seoul,...