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VA finally shifting focus to helping veterans first

May 30, 2014 As more and more reports pour in of neglect endangering veterans — and sometimes costing them their lives — at Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities, the agency finally is looking... more »»

Whether by Congress or Obama, Keystone XL needs green light

May 29, 2014 Oil prices are back above $100 a barrel, and that will hit U.S. motorists at the gasoline pumps. The most recent price increase, to $103.04 a barrel for benchmark U.S. more »»

STEM-ing the tide will require input from teachers

May 28, 2014 Every year, U.S. businesses with job openings for technology specialists resort to hiring thousands of bright young foreigners to fill them. more »»

House should act to keep Highway Trust Fund solvent

May 27, 2014 No one in Congress wants to take the blame for higher gasoline taxes just weeks before a major election. That probably explains delays in addressing long-term problems with the Highway Trust Fund. more »»

Obama’s pledge to fix VA problems can’t be forgotten

May 23, 2014 Men and women in the military come to understand quickly that mistakes or shirking one’s duty can have truly terrible consequences. People die. more »»

Strong copyright law supports journalism, informed communities

May 22, 2014 Every day, city hall reporters at local newspapers distill hours of city council meetings into cogent stories that inform readers about how their elected officials are spending their tax dollars. more »»

Real help is needed against Boko Haram

May 21, 2014 It took headlines about nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls for the U.S. to offer that country help in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists responsible. more »»

VA brouhaha demands a deep investigation

May 20, 2014 No wonder so many veterans of military service have lost all faith in promises made by the government they defended. more »»

Environmental fines? Depends on who you are

May 17, 2014 Federal regulators demand that the rest of us, including individuals, companies and states, comply with rules intended to safeguard the environment. more »»

Much closer look needed at EITC

May 16, 2014 The Earned Income Tax Credit can be a blessing to low-income families. It also has been a bonanza for tax cheats — and the Internal Revenue Service cannot seem to stop the. more »»

Ruling takes campaign funding dictatorships to another level

May 15, 2014 A federal judge in March ruled that a new breed of political money machine — superPACs — can get involved in Pennsylvania elections. more »»

Science does not mix with Obama’s EPA operatives

May 14, 2014 Science, not politics, guides environmental policy in his administration, President Barack Obama insists. No, it does not. more »»

Motorcycle safety laws result in fewer crashes

May 13, 2014 PennDOT Secretary Barry J. more »»

Congress needs to use common sense on VA resignations

May 12, 2014 Members of Congress should apply a simple test to the American Legion’s demand that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and two high-ranking subordinates resign. more »»

Still much to learn about Benghazi

May 10, 2014 Defenders of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deride every new attempt to get to the bottom of the September 2012 attack on the U.S. more »»

Energy policy now insanely backward

May 9, 2014 A demonstration of the topsy-turvy, self-defeating nature of U.S. energy policy is being provided right now in Washington, D.C. U.S. senators are debating a major energy bill. more »»

Political meddling and our military

May 8, 2014 As chairman of a special U.S. Senate committee investigating logistical aspects of how the U.S. was conducting World War II, then-Sen. more »»

Infectious diseases worthy of close study and funding

May 7, 2014 Several years ago, the book and resultant movie “Outbreak” sparked some public interest in diseases that spread like wildfire and are virtually impossible to treat. more »»

Officials must be held accountable for wrongdoing

May 6, 2014 You’ve seen it happen dozens of times: A government official breaks the law. He or she is severely reprimanded and forced to resign. And there the episode ends. more »»

How widespread are hate crimes?

May 5, 2014 Institutionalized bigotry was abolished years ago in the United States. Yet, as we are reminded regularly, some Americans’ hearts still are closed to the idea of equality. more »»

 
 
 

 

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