MENU

Full disclosure is the best response to scout scandal

October 28, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Wayne Perry, president of the Boy Scouts of America, has said his organization handled things badly and has changed its ways. The organization has instituted more stringent screening and training procedures for volunteers. It will be holding a National Youth Protection Symposium in Atlanta next week. And that’s all well and good. The Scouts’...

Read More

Verdict in earthquake trial has scientists shaking

October 27, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Top Italian seismologists have been found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of 308 people during the L’Aquila earthquake in 2009. The seven scientists have been sentenced to six years in prison and slapped with a fine totaling 7.9 million euros (about...

National Opinion

October 26, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

U.S.-Iran talks Presidential debates on international affairs almost always invoke a lot of tough talk, and Oct. 22’s debate was no exception, as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney used the topic of Iran to burnish their macho credentials. Negotiating directly...

Obamacare imposes heavy costs

October 25, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Government regulations, even reasonable ones, are essentially hidden taxes. They are costs imposed by government. Someone pays the cost of implementing them, and for the consequences they spawn. We often note that it is people who ultimately pay taxes. Not...

New electric car setback

October 24, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

The bankruptcy filing last week of A123, the taxpayer-subsidized electric-car battery company, renews attention on President Barack Obama’s massive $5 billion “investment” in the nascent electric car industry. The president predicted 1 million electric...

Awareness may lead to a cure

October 21, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Is there anything more insidious than cancer? It is a remorseless killer of our family and friends; our enemies and rivals. It spreads pain and suffering in equal measure. It is both costly and wasteful. Nothing good comes from it in all its varieties —...

World Opinion

October 20, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Cuba lifting travel restrictions It has taken half a century but Cuba has finally bowed to the inevitable and announced the lifting of foreign travel restrictions on its citizens. From next January they will no longer require exit permits to go overseas,...

Malala and the Mullah

October 18, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl, is being treated in the United Kingdom for a gunshot wound to the head. She was targeted a week ago by the Taliban for bravely promoting girls’ education and calling for peace in her home region, the...

Tie vote possible

October 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

As the horserace aspect of this year’s presidential election ramps up, it’s interesting to look at the various scenarios of how each candidate can reach the magic number of 269 electoral votes. Wait! Astute readers are screaming: What a terrible error the...

New hotspot to worry NATO

October 14, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

What is it called when two countries that share a common border exchange artillery fire? A “skirmish”? An “inevitable long-term conflict”? How about “potential war”? Turkish President Abdullah Gul said last week that “worst-case scenarios” are...