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Armed citizens can help protect us

The time has come to do away with "gun-free zones." They have become the prime hunting grounds for just about every sick or angry individual in the country. Published August 27, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Ankeny, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

The dirtiest job in town

Hercules was the original man who gets things done. Tales of his 12 labors that included the slaying of monsters are the stuff of heroic legend. Cleaning out the Augean Stables is the stuff of heroic legend. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan can sympathize with Hercules. Published August 27, 2015

 House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee Chairman Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Stopping the shooters

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania is a man on a mission of mercy, and the time is right. Published August 27, 2015

Confederate flag has rich history

This country owes as much of its enviable martial heritage to the U.S. south as to the north. But now to serve popular morality, we apparently must banish from history the Confederate battle flag and those who served under it. Published August 27, 2015

Recall Kennedy now

According to an official government audit of the management and operations of the U.S Embassy in Japan, Caroline Kennedy has made a mess of the place ("It's no Camelot! Caroline Kennedy's oversight of Japanese embassy slammed," Web, Aug. 25). Published August 26, 2015

An investor covers his eyes at a brokerage house in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

A dragon by the tail

China is hurtling toward regime crisis. The Shanghai stock market roller coaster, the nervous reaction of other world markets and the frightening headlines across the world are the least of Beijing's worries. All the bad news is, however, symptomatic of deeper concerns. Published August 26, 2015

A June 10, 2015, file photo shows Ashley Madison's Korean website on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man/ File)

Wedding vows matter

Halos slip. Every fallen angel knows that. The ordinary man has enough smarts to set it aright if he can, and promise himself to behave next time. Bein' good, as Roberta Flack sang of preachers' sons, isn't always easy. Published August 26, 2015

GOP should be educating voters

The Republican Party needs to take advantage of the Donald Trump candidacy rather than fight it. Published August 26, 2015

An activist marches in the protest march called the GoTopless Day Parade Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, in New York. The parade took to the streets to counter critics who are complaining about topless tip-seekers in Times Square. Appearing bare-breasted is legal in New York. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and police Commissioner Bill Bratton say the body-painted women in the square who take photos with tourists are a nuisance. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Mammary menace in Manhattan

Nothing excites teenage boys and lascivious men quite like the sight of the female breast. In New York City, where sophistication was invented (ask any New Yorker), some see mammary menace the governor and the mayor see opportunity. Published August 25, 2015

U.S. heroes deserve more

French President Francois Hollande immediately recognized the heroic actions taken by three quick-thinking young Americans, a French citizen and a British grandfather in preventing a great threat to human life on Aug. 21 ("Americans, Briton who thwarted train attack get France's top honor," Web, Aug. 25). Published August 25, 2015

Hackers responsible for deaths

A group recently hacked into, exposing millions of infidelities. This has already resulted in two possible suicides ("Ashley Madison fallout includes extortion, possible suicides; $500,000 reward offered," Web, Aug. 24). Published August 25, 2015

Typhoon Bopha is shown moving toward the Philippines in an Earth Observatory image from Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Jesse Allen)

A degree of uncertainty

Everybody knows July is hot, unless he lives somewhere below the equator, where the seasons are upside down. Government scientists say this past month was the hottest July ever. Published August 25, 2015

'Welfare' abuse extends further up

Both "Boot camp, not benefits" and "When welfare beats work" (Web, Aug. 19) make good points: Welfare for the poor is expensive and too comfortable and it fosters mutual political dependence between recipients and government -- and of course, we need to do something about the whole thing. Published August 24, 2015

This undated photo made available by Iberdrola Renewables LLC shows wind turbines on a corn and soybean farm in Trimont, Minn. The company will be building a similar commercial-scale wind energy farm near the coast community of Elizabeth City, N.C. (Iberdrola Renewables LLC via AP)

Obama's new clean energy giveaway

If Ronald Reagan were alive today, he would have turned to whoever was with him as President Obama finished his latest speech on climate change and "clean" energy and said, "Well, there he goes again." Published August 24, 2015

Democratic voters in New Hampshire, home to the first-in-the-nation primary, are expressing reserves about Hillary Rodham Clinton, with many viewing her as cold and distant. (Associated Press)

Hillary's missing grown-up

Like everybody else who runs for president of the United States, Hillary Clinton has collected a good number of problems. Published August 24, 2015

End for Hillary?

Many of us on the far-right end of the dial have taken up chortling and raucous merriment in response to Hillary Clinton's plunging poll numbers, rising disapproval ratings and generally dismal summer ("Donald Trump gains ground as support for Hillary Clinton slips," Web, Aug. 19). Published August 24, 2015

Do Americans still agree with "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," as engraved on the Statue of Liberty? (National park Service)

Anchor babies and an adult dilemma

There's nothing new about anchor babies. Only the nomenclature has changed. With hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens pouring across the border over the past decades, many of them are looking for an anchor to keep them in place in the new world. A 6-pound baby might do it. Published August 24, 2015

FILE- In this Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday. Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are expected to attend Vernon Jordan's 80th birthday party Saturday, Aug. 15, on the swanky Massachusetts island famous as a gathering spot for prominent Democratic figures.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The administration meets reality

The markets and American technology are turning the Obama administration's original energy policies around by 180 degrees. There's still a lot to do, particularly by Congress, so long besotted with subsidies for certain powerful lobbies. But prospects are bullish. Published August 23, 2015

One of  Syria's most prominent antiquities scholars, Khaled al-Asaad, speaks in Syria. Islamic State militants beheaded al-Asaad in the ancient town of Palmyra, Syria, then strapped his body to one of the town's Roman columns, Syrian state media and an activist group said Wednesday.  (SANA via AP)

The sacrifice of history

The barbarians of the Middle East continue to discover new ways to commit atrocity in the charnel house they have made of their region. Published August 23, 2015