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GUEST EDITORIAL: Troops won’t solve migration crisis

Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to activate 1,000 Texas National Guard troops for duty near the border with Mexico will do little to ease the crisis caused by the arrival 57,000 unaccompanied minors from Central America. Perry appears to be ignoring the assessment of colleagues — both Republican and Democrat — who insist this is not a border security problem.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Better-educated public school kids – for a price
Posted: July 24, 2014

Children in the United States get unequal educations; that’s unfair but unlikely to change in the near future.

Wednesday 07/23/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Putin can’t avoid responsibility for passenger jet atrocity
Posted: July 23, 2014

The shootdown of a passenger jet over Ukraine — with the loss of nearly 300 lives — is a human tragedy and a moral abomination.

GUEST EDITORIAL: If Putin doesn’t back down on Ukraine, world should impose more sanctions
Posted: July 23, 2014

It shouldn’t have taken the deaths of 298 airline passengers and crew to concentrate the world’s attention on the civil war in Ukraine and Russia’s role in fomenting armed resistance to the government there. President Barack Obama was right to insist that the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 should be a “wake-up call” about the importance of ending this conflict.

GUEST EDITORIAL: At a dangerous moment, make Putin choose
Posted: July 23, 2014

As we write, the world scrambles to solve the mystery of, and assign blame for, the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Tempers run high. So does speculation about culprits and motives.

Tuesday 07/22/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Future harm of ever-increasing debt
Posted: July 22, 2014

Suppose you have a child, or you have a grandchild, or you know and love somebody else’s child. Pour everything you have, every virtue you know, into that little pumpkin. Because if you do endear yourself as a pleasant memory, maybe little Jason or Jennifer won’t spend an entire adulthood shrilly condemning you for being one of those selfish thieves.

Monday 07/21/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: What players’ brain damage will cost the NFL
Posted: July 21, 2014

Football fans need no reminding of the danger the game poses to the brains of players.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Foolish gun measures draw welcome opposition
Posted: July 21, 2014

The horrific murders of schoolchildren in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 prompted the worst sort of response from some legislatures, particularly in Kansas and Missouri.

Friday 07/18/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL:The Roberts court turns further rightward in service of the few
Posted: July 18, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s polemic against the court’s conservative majority decision in the Wheaton College case is as much a cry of frustration as it is a dissent.

Thursday 07/17/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Don’t make it harder for college students to vote
Posted: July 17, 2014

For years, teenagers could serve in the military yet could not vote. That changed with the passage of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, allowing millions of young people to participate in the democratic process and shape their future.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Growing female inmate population a troubling trend
Posted: July 17, 2014

Americans, on the whole, are content to support a very large prison population. Although the number of incarcerated citizens is actually falling, one troubling trend more than offsets that superficially good news. There are more women in American prisons and jails than ever before.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Follies of youth - Young nonviolent offenders deserve a second chance
Posted: July 17, 2014

America’s experiment with harsh punishment for nonviolent offenders has proved to be self-defeating. Rather than lessening crime, these policies promote recidivism when nonviolent offenders are unable to find employment, fall into poverty and return to crime.

Wednesday 07/16/2014
Surveillance by religious stereotype?
Posted: July 16, 2014

A report that the U.S. government conducted electronic surveillance on five prominent Muslim Americans is troubling.

Mines to deter troops still kill civilians
Posted: July 16, 2014

For 15 years, the United States has not signed the Ottawa Treaty banning antipersonnel land mines.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Germany recoils at spying by the United States
Posted: July 16, 2014

The deterioration in relations with Germany due to U.S. espionage in that country reached a new low when the Germans requested last week that the senior CIA official there leave.

Tuesday 07/15/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Obama, Congress must seek humane solutions for border children
Posted: July 15, 2014

The flood of children crossing into the United States at its southern border — some alone and others with their mothers — calls for measures that are humane, pragmatic and creative.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Obama leads alone on immigration reform
Posted: July 15, 2014

One of the legacies of the Obama presidency will be that Barack Obama did not shy away from controversial challenges. Unfortunately for the president, that has committed him to a series of thankless tasks, from trying to end wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to instituting health care reform.

Monday 07/14/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Obama must end the public information barriers
Posted: July 14, 2014

Mr. President, you have a public information problem. Again. Several months ago, journalism organizations complained about a lack of access for news photographers to pertinent presidential events.

GUEST EDITORIAL: The Supreme Court vs. boomers and progress
Posted: July 14, 2014

On its surface, last Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v. Quinn was about unions. But it’s actually about all of us, and the future we want for our country, particularly in light of the baby boom generation reaching retirement age.

Friday 07/11/2014
GUEST COLUMN: End the killing: Israelis and Palestinians must come to terms
Posted: July 11, 2014

The Israeli-Palestinian situation is approaching the point where the United States and other countries must ask how long can this destructive course continue before intervention is needed.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Privacy battle isn’t over
Posted: July 11, 2014

Most of the public and congressional concern about the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance programs has focused on the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone “metadata” under a strained interpretation of the Patriot Act. That’s understandable, given the indiscriminate nature of the program. Fortunately, President Obama has now directed that the government obtain court approval before “querying” or searching the database of Americans’ phone records, and legislation moving forward in Congress would end government storage of the records.

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