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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

J. Christopher Stevens

EDITORIAL: Blind in Benghazi

Mystery continues to swirl around the Obama administration's failure to respond to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, but some questions are being answered. Published February 12, 2014

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2014 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. It was once the backbone of the House Republican majority _ the steadfast stand that brought President Barack Obama to the negotiating table and yielded more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction. On Tuesday, Feb. 11, it abruptly vanished, the victim of Republican disunity and a president determined not to bargain again.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

EDITORIAL: Debt-ceiling cowardice costs

Legislation is supposed to be messy. The give and take between political parties with a different vision for the country is supposed to yield consensus. Nobody ever walks away fully satisfied with the final product of compromise, but each side takes comfort in knowing it made an important contribution. Published February 12, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Delay shows shutdown fault Obama's

It is so ironic that President Obama has invoked yet another mandate delay in this health care business. Recently, he had allowed the government to shut down because he would not grant a delay for which the Republicans in Congress had been advocating. Published February 12, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The ungrateful 99 percent

By what measure do we assess the attributes of our culture, our civilization, our way of life? There is no doubt that our way of life is changing — not with a bang, but with a whimper, insidiously and by our own hand, not by the hand of any foreign adversary. Published February 12, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Redskins name not what needs redress

Two members of our illustrious Congress, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Washington Democrat, and Rep. Tom Cole, Oklahoma Republican, are trying to get the Washington Redskins to change their team name after 90 years, lest the Indians of North America find the name offensive. Published February 12, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP must end Obama's unconstitutionality

Republican members of Congress and others have commented for months that specific Obama executive orders are unconstitutional, and that the president has failed to uphold his oath to enforce all enacted laws, including Obamacare. Published February 12, 2014

Steve Deace adds his voice to The Washington Times

Radio show host Steve Deace, a rising conservative voice in the Midwest, is joining The Washington Times as a regular contributor to its opinion team, Editor John Solomon announced Wednesday. Published February 11, 2014

EDITORIAL: Photo ID is OK for NAACP rally, but not at voting booth

Participants in a march and rally sponsored by the NAACP got a list of "do's and don'ts" when they assembled last week. "DO wear a hat and very comfortable shoes" and "DO bring photo identification (driver's license, passport or other valid photo ID) with you and keep it on your person at all times." Left off the list was "DO as we say, and DON'T do as we do." Published February 11, 2014

FILE - In this 1933 file photo, child actress Shirley Temple is seen in her role as "Little Miss Marker." Shirley Temple, the curly-haired child star who put smiles on the faces of Depression-era moviegoers, has died. She was 85. Publicist Cheryl Kagan says Temple, known in private life as Shirley Temple Black, died Monday night, Feb. 10, 2014, surrounded by family at her home near San Francisco. (AP Photo/File)

EDITORIAL: Shirley Temple, a little girl to remember

Shirley Temple is hard to imagine today in Hollywood, or in Topeka or Cleveland, for that matter. She was the sweetheart of an innocent age and a hopeful place that deserved her more than ours, and it's difficult to recall the grip she had on the nation's heart in a time of misery and desperation. Published February 11, 2014