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EDITORIAL: The unhappy anniversary of stimulus boondoggle

Five years ago this week, President Obama jump-started the economy, leading to the greatest period of sustained growth in history. No, we haven't seen it, either, but that was what he said would happen when he signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. A trillion dollars later, we're no better off. Published February 17, 2014

**FILE** Secretary of State John Kerry gestures during a speech on climate change on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Jakarta. Kerry called for a "global solution" for climate change in the first of several speeches he will deliver this year on the topic. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Mr. Kerry's costly fantasies on global warming

When John F. Kerry complains of too much warming, it's usually to tell his driver to turn down the heat in the heated leather seats in the back seat of his limousine. Over his weekend in Asia, Mr. Kerry said the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Kelud was a consequence of the planet's looming fever. Published February 17, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Under God' no longer?

The question of whether we are still one nation under God bothers me as much as it bothers Dr. Ben Carson. The negative power of the default setting in our schools and media — that once-positive, then neutral and now-hostile attitude toward our Creator — is real. Published February 17, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Zoos should exhibit compassion, conservation

The Copenhagen Zoo killed, dissected and fed a giraffe, Marius, to their big cats while children watched. The zoo asserted that this giraffe, though healthy, possessed genes too common to be used in their breeding program. The killing was done despite both the posting of online petitions opposing it and the offers of other facilities to take Marius. Published February 17, 2014

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Virginia Attorney General-elect Mark Herring smiles during a news conference at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A federal judge ruled Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the first state in the South to have its voter-approved prohibition overturned. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

EDITORIAL: Judges legislating 'morality' on same-sex marriage

Not so long ago the Constitution got respect. But now, not so much. President Obama is on his way to repealing the separation of powers, and the 10th Amendment is on life-support, ignored by federal judges who know better than the legislatures of Utah, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Virginia. Published February 14, 2014

Jay Hanlon of Silver Spring, Md., second from left, and Mike Toeneboehn  of Annapolis, Md., second from right, hold a 2nd amendment sign as they listen to speakers at at a pro-gun rights rally against a proposal by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley that would ban assault weapons and require residents to obtain a license before purchasing handguns at Lawyers Park in front of the Maryland State House, Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, February 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Another good day for the Second Amendment

We live in strange times. Sometimes the recognition of the obvious becomes a cause for celebration. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the most liberal appeals court in the nation, has declared that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Published February 14, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, before the House Financial Services Committee hearing. Yellen said Tuesday that if the economy keeps improving, the Fed will take "further measured steps" to reduce the support it's providing through monthly bond purchases.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EDITORIAL: Just keep printing the money

The Great Snow of '14 freed Janet Yellen from her obligation to testify before Congress for a second day, and it's just as well. More talk would have been redundant. The gist of her tenure as chairman of the Federal Reserve, as she sees it, is clear. Published February 14, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A welcome gun rights victory in California

At long last, the usually buffoonish 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to uphold the Constitution. Until now the constitutional right to bear arms has too often been barred to all but law enforcement and gangsters. Published February 14, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ironic ID requirement for NAACP rally

Our politicians need to realize that having IDs is necessary in our world. Photo identification has been used for years. It is used when you buy furniture, cars, insurance and other items. It used to be used when we voted. Published February 14, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An unpalatable 2016 presidential 'menu'

Come 2016, the politically starved American voters will have to admit that they made a gross error in judgment back in 2008. Their hope for "change" and their zeal to elect a minority candidate to the highest office in the land led them to have picked the wrong man for the job for all the wrong reasons. Published February 14, 2014

John Koskinen, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination. Koskinen, 74, is a retired corporate and government official with experience managing numerous organizations in crisis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: A rare victory for taxpayers

The president's stunning proclamation that he will ignore the Constitution's checks and balances to go it alone puts new pressure on the judiciary. In the tug of war between the three branches of government, it often falls to judges to take the pen out of the hand of an overeager executive. Published February 13, 2014

Your Obamacare doctor will see you now. (Illustration by Dana Summers of the Tribune Media Services)

EDITORIAL: Obamacare is falling apart

The Department of Health and Human Services has just updated the Obamacare enrollment figures, and it's clear that the scheme continues to unravel. Published February 13, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Education rotten to 'Core' in Maryland

Marylanders should demand to keep the public education of our children controlled and regulated by the parents, teachers and local and state educational authorities. The federal government is too far removed from our local needs and requirements. Published February 13, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The true dangers of amnesty for illegals

A recent Fox News poll on immigration reform reports that 68 percent of Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. Having spent more than 20 years in federal law enforcement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration, I found it mind-boggling. Published February 13, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sex-themed posters are propaganda

What responsible parent would want their kids to see sexual messages? Kids don't need sex shoved at them, but that's just what the Hocker Grave Middle School in Kansas is doing to its students. Published February 13, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government gums up U.S. engines

Congress and the Environmental Protection Agency, in their great wisdom, require that ethanol be added to every gallon of gas we buy. We have heard that the mixture is bad for car engines, particularly if the engines were built before 2000, as the ethanol retains moisture, which corrodes and causes rust in our engines. Published February 13, 2014