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Solving the world’s problems

When publishers call their editorial writers together for the daily conference, they often like to say: "So, how are we solving the world's problems today?" This is a little publisher…

Afghanistan: Forgetting the lessons of Vietnam

Anyone who has paid much attention to 20th-century warfare should be getting nervous about Afghanistan. The war there is developing the ominous characteristics of other modern unconventional conflicts. These wars…

Agencies use tricks to conceal information

President Barack Obama's new standards of openness in the federal government have not trickled down to some of its agencies, where officials have used special statutes inserted into bills to…

Flake or not, Palin is still popular in GOP ranks

For reasons that defy logic, political reality and common sense, Republicans still back former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the soap opera that surrounds her. Even with widespread criticism and antics…

The Iran threat: Real or just another excuse?

Call it Deja Vu all over again. An American warning that another middle eastern country is a threat because of a secret nuclear program. This time, it's Iran. Only the program wasn't…

Bush officials face legal consequences

High-ranking government officials are usually protected from claims that they violated a person's civil rights. In lawsuits stemming from law enforcement and intelligence efforts after the Sept. 11 attacks, three…

Time to take care of the National Mall

There is an old saying that something that belongs to everyone belongs to no one. The National Mall in Washington belongs to all of us, and it shows. The Mall is…

Playing the health care lottery

More than 50 million Americans gamble with their futures by not having health insurance, an option they won't have under all proposed health care "reform plans" coming out of the…

Obama’s latest unpopular idea

President Barack Obama wants kids to spend more time in schools. School students aren't happy about the idea. Neither or school administrators who say the President's ideas would add costs to…

Early retirements put strain on Social Security

Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off seniors will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next…