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Former President George H.W. Bush has been taken to a Houston hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

A prayer for a hero

A man who jumps out of an airplane at 90, just for the fun of it, is a man to inspire the Walter Mitty in all of us earthbound creatures. George H.W. Bush has been an inspiration and an example since he put on his country’s uniform after Pearl Harbor and went cheerfully off to war.

George C. Scott, Jim Carrey, Patrick Stewart and Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge.

When Scrooge meets his match

As predictable as tinsel and toys, the Christmas season brings forth a sackful of holiday haters with their vows of folly. These modern-day Ebenezer Scrooges find endless ways to pronounce, “Bah, humbug,” but like Charles Dickens’ quintessential character, they are no match for the Christmas spirit. Giving has a way of warming the uncharitable.

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President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, left, meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

EDITORIAL: Africa needs a hand up, not more U.N. handouts

Leaders from 140 world nations will gather in New York City this week for the meetings of the U.N. General Assembly, to sit still to be "inspired" by the theme of "Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda." Translated from bureaucratese, the official language of the U.N., that means, "We want you to raise your taxes and impose more regulations --- for your own good."

FILE - In this March 20, 2009 file photo David Bossie, leader of Citizens United and producer of "Hillary: The Movie", is seen in his office in Washington. Hillary: The Movie" is returning to the Supreme Court for a limited engagement and with the chance to overhaul laws governing federal campaigns ranging from the White House to the halls of Congress. The justices were hearing arguments in the case Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, for the second time. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

EDITORIAL: The return of Citizens United

How did a robust and skeptical state like Colorado, with a century-long history of electing conservatives and Republicans, turn so blue with the 2008 election? That's the subject of "Rocky Mountain Heist," a documentary by the advocacy group Citizens United.

EDITORIAL: Making war on supercars

The bureaucrats at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have obviously seen too many gangster movies. Parents everywhere can sleep soundly now that the Obama administration has protected their children from the menace of the trunks in supercars.

Supporters of the No vote in the Scottish independence referendum circle round a flare as they gather to celebrate the referendum result in George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.  Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence.  Now, the task was to heal the divide — and use the energy the referendum unleashed to hold London politicians to promises of more powers for Scotland.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

EDITORIAL: Scotland, saved from secession

The Scots thought twice about independence, and did the right thing. They preserved the United Kingdom as we know it and saved themselves and the world from a lot of grief that would have inevitably spilled into unexpected places.