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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The one promise Obama has kept

My fellow Americans, prepare for two long years before we can expect any real change from our government. Over the past six years, we've watched the promises of hope from then-candidate Barack Obama turn into the overwhelming failures of President Obama. Published November 11, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP, capitalize on midterm momentum

Republicans have every right to take a moment and bask in the glory of their congressional success on Nov. 4. However, only two truths emerged from the elections: Voters are disgusted with Democratic (Obama) policy, and at the moment Republicans are likely to win most elections, except in New York and California. Published November 11, 2014

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, has called President Obama's calls for a net neutrality policy "Obamacare for the Internet." Without such a policy, critics say, wealthier users alone would be able to pay for better, faster Web access. (associated press)

EDITORIAL: The 'net neutrality' online power grab

President Obama wants to put the Internet firmly under his control. He announced Monday that he would apply to the Internet centralized rules written for the age of the telegraph. For the Internet's own good, of course. Published November 11, 2014

FILE - In this undated file photo released by Forest Guardians, a prairie dog eats in southwestern Utah. Cedar City residents who say prairie dogs are overrunning parts of their town are set to argue Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 against federal regulations protecting the animals. Residents suing in federal court say the prairie dogs have done damage to the city's golf course, airport and at the cemetery, even interrupting funerals with their barking. (AP Photo/Forest Guardians, File)

EDITORIAL: Dogging it on the prairie

Prairie dogs, with more important things to do, don't engage in interstate commerce. That was the finding of a federal judge last week in a decision that could unravel the Endangered Species Act and restore a little respect for private property. Published November 11, 2014

Homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, 90, director of the nonprofit group Love Thy Neighbor Inc., prepares a salad in the kitchen of The Sanctuary Church, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Abbott was recently arrested along with two pastors for feeding the homeless in a Fort Lauderdale park. Police said they violated a new ordinance that limits where charitable groups can feed the homeless on public property in Fort Lauderdale. Abbott plans to feed the homeless Wednesday in a public parking lot. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

EDITORIAL: Bureaucrats steal Good Samaritans' food from mouths of needy

Feeding the hungry is the first order of good works. It's what men and women of faith do, not only because it's a commandment of their faith, but because — and on this people of no faith can agree — it's the right thing to do. Unfortunately, that's not how City Hall sees it in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Published November 10, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks about his efforts to improve services  veterans, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

EDITORIAL: New VA chief rolls up his sleeves to clean up the mess

Taking the top job at a scandal-ridden agency such as the Department of Veterans Affairs may be a fool's errand, or at least a job for a foolish optimist. Robert A. McDonald, who took the job in July, revealed his grand rescue plan Monday. There's what looks like hope for change. Published November 10, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Using 'suicide voting' tactics in Va. election

On its website, the Virginia Citizens Defense League states that the "VCDL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grass-roots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental human right of all Virginians to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article 1, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia." It seems the group abandoned this statement in the 2014 midterm elections.w Published November 10, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Federal appointees' war on conservatives

If you ever wondered just what was meant by the abused term "war on women," you might want to ask Catherine Engelbrecht, a hard-working small-business owner who has been illegally harassed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration simply because she had the temerity to start a conservative political organization. Published November 10, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Immigration system 'broken' by nonenforcement

President Obama defiantly says he will use executive orders to change immigration laws. The Constitution gives Congress the authority to pass laws and the president the responsibility to enforce all laws. Immigration laws have not been enforced, and that is the reason the system is "broken." Published November 10, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Warmth, not cold, is hospitable to life

For decades, "green" extremists have been spreading doomsday forecasts of global warming, but where do we find the greatest abundance of life on land? Follow the equator around the globe --- the Amazon, the Congo, Kenya, Indonesia and New Guinea — all places where it is warm and wet. Published November 7, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Iranian regime isn't changing

Clare Lopez's piece claiming that the revolution in Iran is over and that the people of Iran are ready to join the international community as a partner is belied by the recitation of facts in the same piece ("A rose-colored glasses vision of a 'new Iran,'" Web, Nov. 4). Published November 7, 2014

In this Feb. 23, 2006, file photo, mail for one route in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is sorted and waits to be picked up by recipients at the New Orleans post office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

EDITORIAL: Going postal for mail-service reform

The postman needs help. He's struggling for relevance in a digital age, and the commission that directs the Postal Service isn't delivering needed reform. Published November 7, 2014

FILE - In this late July, 2011, file photo, The Tide moves along Monticello Avenue  during a test run of the system in Norfolk, Va. When Norfolk said it wanted a light rail line to the oceanfront more than a decade ago, Virginia Beach balked at the idea. It is now reconsidering, but the same transit funding system is in place today, meaning the city will have to foot the bill for any service expansion. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Bill Tiernan, File) MAGAZINES OUT

EDITORIAL: When 'green' trumps the Purple Line

Trolley technology has been making a comeback, if only for a streetcar ride down memory lane. But the greatest obstacles to the liberal resurrection of the trolley are not conservatives, but other liberals. Published November 7, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Quarantine refusal is selfish, dangerous

When a government, nongovernmental organization or charitable organization of any country decides to go abroad and do good things, it is they who should be the ones responsible for their personnel or financed volunteers serving in biological "hot zones" ("Taking Ebola seriously," Web, Oct. 28). Published November 7, 2014