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Bankruptcy is the only way Greece can fashion a new beginning

Almost every option facing debt-drenched Greece is bad, but there is only one that will end this Greek tragedy for good. Let Greece go bankrupt. Then let this once-rich nation, hit the restart button to rebuild its economy.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan gestures as Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev looks on after their third session of talks at the Hofdi in Reykjavik, Oct. 12, 1986. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Obama’s Reykjavik moment

The choice for the president on the Iran nuclear talks is clear: walk away with dignity or appease and submit in disgrace.

Obama’s Clean Power Plan could push millions of minority Americans into poverty

This summer the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will finalize its carbon-dioxide emission regulations under President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. The EPA’s own data projects the regulations will reduce global carbon by less than 1 percent and sea level rise by one one-hundredth of an inch. The price Americans will pay for these “benefits” is layoffs and increased energy rates. Yet for the nation’s most vulnerable, the impacts will be far worse, pushing millions into poverty.

‘Death with dignity’ is often coerced by those with financial interests

Earlier this year, legislation was introduced to the D.C. Council that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in our nation’s capital for an adult patient diagnosed with a terminal condition and less than six months to live. Although this initiative has been introduced in 24 states this year (not passing in any so far), its passage in the District of Columbia this year risks setting a dangerous precedent for the rest of the nation.

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The surging truth-tellers of the GOP

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is surging in New Hampshire, and Chris Christie’s back on the hunt, sounding like a born-again contender. They’re both long shots — the Donald is off the board — but they’re making the kind of noise the wiseheads say they can’t make.

Members of left wing parties hold placards reading in Greek ''NO'' next to a Presidential Guard, Evzonas, during a protest outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the Bank of Greece has recommended that banks remain closed and restrictions be imposed on transactions, after the European Central Bank didn't increase the amount of emergency liquidity the lenders can access from the central bank. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

The Greeks should vote “no!”

Voting “no” offers Greeks some prospects for better solutions, whereas voting “yes” guarantees penury.

Illustration on the uncontrolled growth of Federal banking regulation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The squeeze of regulatory kudzu

It is called the vine that ate the South. Kudzu was first introduced at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia as an ornamental plant for home gardens. It pretty much stayed that way for half a century, until the federal government got involved. The Roosevelt administration decided that kudzu would be helpful against soil erosion and made it a mission of the Soil Erosion Service to plant kudzu all across the South. Now kudzu covers 12,000 square miles. Kudzu is estimated to smother another 150,000 acres each year.

Energy Independence Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A declaration of energy independence

The United States is closer than ever before to fulfilling the vision of our Founding Fathers. By achieving energy independence, we can achieve freedom from foreign influence.

Fireworks Warning Label Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The sticky legalisms of wacky warning labels

Not too long ago, common sense ruled the day, so called because it was shared by nearly everybody. Common values, commonly understood sense of right and wrong, just and unjust, all expressed in a common language of fairness.

Illustration on raising the minimum wage in light of its effect on Puerto Rico by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Puerto Rico’s minimum-wage object lesson

A report released by the Puerto Rican government this week fingers the territory’s minimum wage as a prime factor in its emerging debt crisis. Though its economy is significantly less developed than even the poorest American states, it is still subject to the federal $7.25 minimum wage, 77 percent of its median wage. This high wage floor acts as a significant employment barrier, contributing to the island’s pathetic 43 percent labor force participation rate and its economic stagnation in general.

Illustration on lower-cost tailored television choices by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

TV with a choice

Question: What do rabid football fans, working moms and Clifford the Big Red Dog viewers have in common?

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Computer Hack Dragon Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The high cost of cyber-espionage

On June 4, the media reported that for the second time in a year, the Office of Personnel Management's computer network was the target of a successful penetration by the People's Republic of China. It now appears that OPM was aware of the cyber-espionage attack for more than a year without remedying its vulnerability.

Major retailers, including Amazon, Sears, eBay, Etsy and Wal-Mart, are halting sales of the Confederate flag and other such related merchandise. (Associated Press)

Ethnic cleansing of the American South

- The Washington Times

The South is the new China. Southerners, like the Chinese, revere the past, worship their ancestors (and their flags), and eat a lot of rice. William Faulkner observed that the past is not dead, because it is not even past.

President Obama's proposal aims to narrow a loophole that the president has long said is exploited by some employers to avoid paying overtime. (Associated Press)

Obama's contracting economy

You'd think it would be big news when the economy is shrinking, demand for durable, big-ticket manufactured goods is plunging and wages are virtually flat.

Illustration on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The United Nations' 70-year struggle

Seventy years ago on Friday, 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter in San Francisco. It was a document years in the making, thanks mostly to the efforts of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who, unfortunately, passed away a couple months before the historic event. FDR gave the organization not only its name but its mandate, namely, to stop aggressive military actions in and against nations "before they got started." The U.N. document mirrored not only an American setting but even a similarity to the United States Constitution, with a Preamble that read: "We, the Peoples of the United Nations Determined." And New York City was to be its headquarters.

Illustration on the fiscal wisdom of Federal prison system reform by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How to fix the federal prison system

Of all the hot-button issues that divided conservatives and liberals over the past generation, few sparked more heated debate than crime and punishment.

Illustration on political semantic warfare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Language as a weapon

I've long reflected that in my business -- explaining issues to the public -- the facts only take you so far. What you call something or how it is "framed" may be just as important as the actual contents of the package.

New public-safety ideas needed

The loss of nine innocent lives at a church Bible study on June 17 in Charleston begs for improved standards of safety at most indoor public assemblies. This should include social, church, political, educational and business events with an established threshold of 50 attendees or more.

Blank check for terrorists

It is bad enough that Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, and President Obama have unwittingly aided in the funding of various terrorist organizations, but now Mr. Obama wants to authorize people to send money to kidnappers in private deals ("Obama will allow the U.S. to negotiate directly with terrorists holding hostages," Web, June 24).

What you don't know and should know about your family

Finding an enormous amount of money in what used to be your old home sounds like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There is a graceful kickoff in the listing about a "1903 Queen Anne home -- graciously proportioned rooms and elegant millwork."

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington, about the Supreme Court upholding the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Peace, wouldn't it be wonderful?

We've got peace institutes, peace initiatives and even professors of peace. But the real thing remains elusive. We were told that would change with the election of "the peace president." A man of black and white parents, with one from the third world, would vanquish racial enmity, jealousy and envy. Such a man of vast intellect, steeped in enlightened liberalism, would end the wars imposed on a helpless world by American imperialism.

Chief Justice John Roberts speaks at the University of Nebraska Lincoln in Lincoln, Neb., in this Sept. 19, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

'Call this law SCOTUS-care'

Obamacare lives, through the manipulation of the law and abuse of the language by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. A sloppily written health care law is rescued by a sloppily reasoned opinion, with Mr. Roberts, author of the opinion, suggesting that the law ordinarily couldn't survive judicial examination, but enabling 6.4 million Americans to continue to get subsidies prohibited by the act seems nevertheless a nice thing for the court to do.

Recalling the thrill of a Broadway season past

One of my favorite remarks about state of legitimate theater occurred in the television classic "I Claudius." When Augustus Caesar inquired how things were in the theatrical world, a venerable actor replied that "the theater wasn't what it was." But the real zinger was when he added slyly: "And you know what? It never was what it was." Well, with all due homage to the general acuity of that remark, here is a book to tell us of a season on Broadway just over half a century ago that could absolutely justify anyone saying that the theater today really isn't what it was -- then.

Other factors determine violence

Karl Rove presented a popular, contra-factual, deceptive statement when saying, "the only way to guarantee that we will dramatically reduce acts of violence involving guns is to basically remove guns from society," thereby implying repeal of the Second Amendment was required. However, a study completed a few years ago and published in the Harvard Journal of Law an Public Policy found that within the United States and across European countries, violent criminality and suicide were unrelated and often inversely related to gun ownership.

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Is there an example in Canada?

Immigration continues to be the nation's most persistent headache. Everyone acknowledges it as Headache No. 1, but nobody has either the solution or even an effective headache powder. The masses keep crowding the border, and the politicians punt.

State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordered Confederate flags taken down from a monument at the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Martin Swant)

America in the time of fever

The mob is loose. The debate about race that naive and sometimes well-meaning people say the nation needed has descended into an evitable burst of midsummer madness. The Confederate battle flag that is said to have driven a nut case to commit wholesale murder has become merely the backdrop of national lunacy. The millions quail at the sight of the Stars and Bars, a bit of cloth for all that. You would think Marse Robert at Appomattox surrendered too soon.

Illustration on the American lapse of memory concerning the Korean War by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'The Forgotten War' in Korea

June 25 marks the 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Will the nation remember the war? It was not remembered on Memorial Day 2015. At the Memorial Day celebration on the National Mall in Washington D.C., there was not one reference to the Korean War. The "greatest generation" was seated on the stage. Vietnam veterans were called out. Wounded warriors of Iraq and Afghanistan were recognized. Letters were read. In Washington and in the Memorial Day ceremonies around the country, the Korean War did not exist.

Illustration on the pope's advocacy for belief in man-made global warming by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The pope, the globe and the facts

The media and the secular left have a love-hate relationship with the Roman Catholic Church and its popes. When the pope takes positions with which they agree, they applaud him, but when he takes positions with which they disagree, they either ignore or criticize him.

Flower Memorial Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The amazing grace in faith and grief

Nothing so moved so many in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre as the heartfelt expressions of grace and forgiveness for Dylann Roof by the families of the slain. Nothing so astonished the rest of us than the expressions of pity and pleas for mercy for the young man standing before the judge at his bond hearing.