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Rights? What rights?

An FBI agent testifying at the first Guantanamo war crimes trial said interrogators did not advise detainees here of any rights because the military…

Disasters waiting to happen

For millions of Americans living in flood-prone places, all that stands between the waters of mayhem and safety is a pile of dirt.

Earthen berms, dikes and levees identical to those…

Once again, we pay the check

Do we never learn?

In the 1980s, Congress, for what seemed good reason at the time, deregulated the thrifts -- savings and loan institutions -- and what followed were several intense…

Time to overhaul the VA

PATIENT (waving his right arm in a big circle): Doctor, it hurts when I do this. So what do you recommend?

DOCTOR: Don't do that.

-- Old vaudeville joke.

This Bud’s for who?

Wassup, Mr. G? What'll it be?"

"A Bud. A Bud Light, please, Mr. Barkeep."

(pause)

"So now, how do you like that Belgian beer?"

"Don't get me started. Is nothing sacred anymore?"

"Well, it's hard…

A few good words about newspapers

Survey the latest news about newspapers -- the unending layoffs of staffers, the ever-shrinking content -- and then understand that there's a threat here, not just for those poor souls…

Let’s start by rebuilding America

The next president, with Congress, will have to put aside stale ideology and engage the federal government in a crash program of job creation -- the most potent way to…

Our founding fathers knew best

While religion, particularly Christianity, played a key role in the settling of this country, the framers of the Constitution were concerned enough by the potential dangers of its influence on…

A realistic view of oil drilling

I'd considered titling this column with the easy and obvious Shakespearean variation "To Drill or Not to Drill." But a quick Google search reveals that more than 23,000 incarnations of…

Dangerous drivers fill U.S. highways

Hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailer and bus drivers in the United States carry commercial driver's licenses despite also qualifying for full federal disability payments, and some of those drivers have…