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GUEST COLUMN: Stop politicizing Ebola response; focus on what works

It was inevitable that the Ebola outbreak would be politicized in the United States. That’s what we do — we trivialize important issues. But the important decisions that await President Barack Obama and Congress over how to respond to the emerging crisis cannot be based on political considerations. They must be based on what’s best for the public health of the country.

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Tuesday 10/21/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Like all presidents, Obama disappoints
Posted: October 21, 2014

All presidents disappoint. It comes with the job, the unreasonable expectations Americans have for their presidents, and the inherent conflict and disconnect between campaigning (promising people all they can have) and governing (explaining to people why they won’t get it).

Monday 10/20/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Delving into politicians’ personal lives not necessarily for the best
Posted: October 20, 2014

Gary Hart’s downfall in the run-up to the 1988 presidential election marked an important milestone on a journalistic arc that began with Watergate. Where, previously, the media fast track was greased by befriending politicians, now it was enhanced by bringing them down. Ever since, nothing has been out of bounds for media outlets large and small. Consider Kansas.

Friday 10/17/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: America’s biggest crisis is lack of confidence
Posted: October 17, 2014

After the disappointments of the Bush years and the Obama years, many Americans aren’t sure where next to turn. Faith in Congress has collapsed. Faith in bureaucrats is nonexistent. Yet, the crises keep on coming.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Immigration reality check
Posted: October 17, 2014

It’s clear that President Barack Obama didn’t make good on his threat to take executive action on immigration reform because he was convinced it would hurt his party in next month’s elections, giving Republicans control of the Senate.

Thursday 10/16/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Too many see only black or white
Posted: October 16, 2014

Before becoming a columnist, I was the night police reporter, and I used to spend a lot of time with cops. We’d often go to small chop suey joints on the city’s north side.

GUEST EDITORIAL: AIG lawsuit: A strong aroma of hubris
Posted: October 16, 2014

Imagine you were a swimmer who’d recklessly gotten caught in a riptide, only to be saved by a boater who was busily helping other struggling swimmers to shore. Would you complain if the boater charged you a big fee? Maybe. But you almost certainly wouldn’t sue the boater for not offering help sooner.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Disaster preparedness must include people with disabilities
Posted: October 15, 2014

When the next natural disaster strikes, many people with disabilities are bound to find themselves in harm’s way due to poor disaster planning by public officials.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Balancing mercy, doctrine in the church
Posted: October 15, 2014

If you are not Catholic, and even if you are, you could be forgiven for not knowing that a remarkable event is unfolding in Rome.

Tuesday 10/14/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Panetta’s memoir gives Obama a legacy preview — and a chance to improve it
Posted: October 14, 2014

The capital cognoscenti are again engaged in their ritual of fast-thumbing, speed-reading and savoring at least the choicest bits of the latest ex-official’s memoir — this one by President Obama’s former CIA director and secretary of defense, Leon Panetta.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Student loan load’s risk to economy
Posted: October 14, 2014

When we read the remarks by Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin, concerning the nation’s record level of student loan debt, we were reminded of comments made in 2007 by Ben Bernanke, then the chairman of the Federal Reserve, concerning the nation’s subprime mortgage crisis.

Monday 10/13/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Supreme Court should give half an inch on inmate’s beard
Posted: October 13, 2014

When it ruled this year that Hobby Lobby, a for-profit corporation, had a religious right to refuse to include contraception in its employee health insurance plans, the Supreme Court pushed an important principle to unreasonable extremes.

GUEST EDITORIAL: President, Congress share right, responsibility of declaring war
Posted: October 13, 2014

The War Powers Resolution, passed by Congress in 1973 over a presidential veto by Richard Nixon, was designed to limit the executive’s ability to wage war without the legislative branch’s consent. After Vietnam, the idea was to prevent America from slowly being sucked into another debilitating undeclared war.

Friday 10/10/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Imminent profiling policy change will endanger us all
Posted: October 10, 2014

You might have thought political correctness couldn’t get less well thought-out, or more dangerous. You were wrong.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Why won’t the Supreme Court decide on same-sex marriage?
Posted: October 10, 2014

Gay rights supporters were simultaneously jubilant and perplexed Monday when the Supreme Court announced that it wouldn’t review three decisions by federal appeals courts striking down state bans on same-sex marriage. We share their mixed feelings.

Thursday 10/09/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Making U.S., Mexico and Canada the world’s most dynamic region
Posted: October 09, 2014

Even with all of our domestic concerns, it’s a big world out there, and America must keep at least one eye focused beyond our borders. But maybe not as far beyond, says a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations.

GUEST EDITORIAL: How much are doctors collecting from health care companies?
Posted: October 09, 2014

The federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act requires health care companies to disclose the payments they make to doctors who use or help to develop their products. This was a valuable provision in the Affordable Care Act. Patients should know if doctors who prescribe a certain drug, order a certain test or implant a certain device have a financial interest that could influence their decisions.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Shocking NFL study demands action
Posted: October 08, 2014

The National Football League has bigger trouble than the disgusting domestic violence cases dominating headlines this fall. In September, it quietly released a study that revealed one-third of its players — one third — can expect to suffer long-term cognitive problems, including dementia, after retiring.

GUEST EDITORIAL: An upgrade for Pluto? The distant orbiter may reclaim planetary status
Posted: October 08, 2014

In 2006, the International Astronomical Union downgraded Pluto from full planetary status to dwarf planet. From 1930, when it was discovered, until Pluto’s fall from grace 76 years later, earthlings were taught that their solar system consisted of nine planets. Suddenly, they faced a brave new world of only eight planets, plus dwarf Pluto 3.6 billion miles from the sun and innumerable others beyond.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Nothing more threatening than climate
Posted: October 08, 2014

In a speech to the United Nations recently, President Barack Obama said that climate change is a more serious threat than terrorism.

Tuesday 10/07/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Beset by troubling lapses, the Secret Service won’t be fixed with platitudes
Posted: October 07, 2014

It was clear that something had to be done to shore up the fundamentals at the Secret Service. And the agency’s director, Julia Pierson, cleared the way for an overhaul by announcing that she would step down. Good move.

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