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GUEST EDITORIAL: Giving terror events less frightening names may ease fears

Acts of terror are primarily intended to 1) degrade trust by a people in the ability of their government to defend and protect them and 2) deliver blows to the economy and bleed critical resources into protecting against attacks.

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Monday 10/27/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Ebola czar lacks medical authority
Posted: October 27, 2014

With midterm elections so close, it was inevitable that Ebola would become another depressing political point of division. A scary disease, a scare-mongering media and an easily scared American people make the politics of fear its own epidemic.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Nurses need to be listened to, not blamed
Posted: October 27, 2014

Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Choice on the way for TV viewers?
Posted: October 27, 2014

If you’ve ever grumbled about paying for all those cable or satellite channels when you only watch a handful, this month brought good and potentially big news. Television networks HBO and CBS separately announced that they plan to offer an online version of their products that would be available to consumers even if they didn’t subscribe to cable or satellite.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Nobel citation missed important point
Posted: October 27, 2014

The award of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura is well-deserved but for reasons going far beyond those the Nobel Committee cited.

Friday 10/24/2014
GUEST COLUMN: Stop politicizing Ebola response; focus on what works
Posted: October 24, 2014

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.

GUEST EDITORIAL: New leader begins in key Asian democracy
Posted: October 24, 2014

Indonesia on Monday inaugurated a new president, Joko Widodo, who has a humble background and, significantly for a country still building democracy, succeeds another civilian elected president.

Thursday 10/23/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: The problem with using ‘Redskins’
Posted: October 23, 2014

As a mixed-blood Muscogee/Creek Indian, I would like to commend Washington, D.C.’s professional football team on its tasteful logo. The American Indian in profile with two eagle feathers is dignified and respectful.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
GUEST EDITORIAL: Sustaining Israel
Posted: October 22, 2014

With attention in the Middle East focused now on the Islamic State and its opponents, the Israelis are behaving as if they can disregard world opinion, particularly by refraining from talks with the Palestinians.

GUEST EDITORIAL: The wageless recovery may bring humbug to the holidays
Posted: October 22, 2014

It’s that special time of the year, when economic forecasters begin worrying about how much Americans are going to spend on holiday shopping.

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.

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