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Debt bubble near bursting

The liberals in Congress and across the country have bought into the false notion that a top-heavy bureaucracy and a massive group of people can efficiently serve the needs of a country that now has a population of more than 330 million. In all candor, our system of government has actually done pretty well when one considers the other countries and their various forms of government. However, there comes a point at which a government may no longer be able to pay its huge debt and risks being abandoned by the private citizens and foreign countries who own that debt. We are now at the $20-trillion-in-debt level, and the interest alone is becoming extremely problematic. Published March 29, 2017

Republican leaders Rep. Tim Moore, left, and Sen. Phil Berger, hold a news conference Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Raleigh, N.C., where they announced they thought they had reached a compromise with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper on a replacement for HB2. Berger holds papers that he said were the Governor's proposal. The law limits LGBT nondiscrimination protections and requires transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate.  (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP)

March Madness in the restroom

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, has been overcome by a form of March Madness that has nothing to do with basketball or brackets. It has everything to do with restrooms and political correctness on steroids. Published March 29, 2017

Unleashing American energy

President Trump has nullified many of Barack Obama's climate change fantasies and the sky is still up there. But judging by the uproar from voices in the climate change industry, only an unexpected miracle is keeping the firmament in place. As cooler heads keep an eye on the thermometer in the months and years to come, America can balance legitimate concerns about pollution against the necessity of exploiting affordable energy. Published March 29, 2017

Renewables may already be working

Are we hopping from the fossil-fuel frying pan into the "fracking" fire ("Carbon dioxide emissions stayed flat in 2016, global economy expanded," Web, March 21)? And are we being a little myopic while doing it? First, the reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions could be attributable to the rise of alternative energy sources. The International Energy Agency website displays an informative graph illustrating the growing utilization of solar- and wind-energy sources. Alternative sources don't emit carbon dioxide. (Nor do they emit methane or cause earthquakes in Oklahoma.) Published March 28, 2017

Stop trying to replace Obamacare

I voted for Donald Trump because I thought he was serious about getting rid of Obamacare. Instead it turns out he was willing to go along with "Ryancare," which is just Obamacare 'lite.' Published March 28, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., leaves a closed-door strategy session as he works to get past last week's failure to pass a health care overhaul bill and rebuild unity in the Republican Conference, at the Capitol, in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Collapse and replace

Congressional Republicans have tried to turn the page on the Obamacare debacle, but the next page has another dismal message. Instead of repeal and replace, Americans face collapse and replace of Barack Obama's health care system. The only uncertainty is how soon and how bad it will be. While the humbled party leaders snipe at each other over what could have been, the nation's health-care system continues to wither at the edges, and sometime soon someone had better be ready with something better. Published March 28, 2017

Paul Krugman accuses reporters of being tougher on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than her Republican rival, Donald Trump. (Associated Press/File)

A dunce cap for Paul Krugman

The men and women who pick the winners of the Nobel Prize should come in from the cold — the temperature Tuesday in Oslo was 44 degrees -- and after their brains thaw out they should ask Paul Krugman to send back his Nobel medal, awarded in 2008. Both high and low numbers continue to puzzle the man. Published March 28, 2017

GOP's Russian problem

I read with great interest Andrew Blake's article, "Trump adviser Flynn discussed sending Erdogan foe to Turkey: Reports" (Web, March 25), which details how President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed with Turkish-government officials the possibility of sending Turkish dissident Fethullah Gulen back to Turkey. This is not the first time the retired general has enjoyed the spotlight. There was no investigation by Congress into Mr. Flynn's ties to the Russian government, and now we're learning about another 'oops' on Congress' part. Published March 27, 2017

Boycott "sanctuary cities"

California lawmakers are following the lead of a proposal from a New York City councilwoman and seeking to ban private construction companies that bid on building President Trump's wall from doing further business with their state or city. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called the wall "a strong symbolism of division in our country." Forget symbolism; what about reality? On Long Island an MS-13 gang member who was deported four times was charged with the sexual assault of a two-year-old. After hearing this sick and sadistic crime against humanity, how can anyone with a conscience not be in favor of the wall to protect law-abiding American citizens? Published March 27, 2017

This Nov. 11, 2012, photo shows surfers on a broad, sandy beach near the NRG El Segundo power plant in El Segundo, Calif. A new study predicts that with limited human intervention, 31 percent to 67 percent of Southern California beaches could completely erode back to coastal infrastructure or sea cliffs by the year 2100, with sea-level rises of 3.3 feet (1 meter) to 6.5 feet (2 meters). The study released Monday, March 27, 2017, used a new computer model to predict shoreline effects caused by sea level rise and changes in storm patterns due to climate change. (AP Photo/John Antczak)

Bad news for climate change boondogglers

Predicting tomorrow's weather is often a crapshoot. Predicting the weather on a day a century from now is obviously throwing money away. Shoveling cash into schemes for regulating climate patterns generations far in the future is an investment in a fool's gold mine. President Trump vows that Americans won't be fooled again. Published March 27, 2017

Pro-life activists converge in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, during the annual March for Life. Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators gathered in Washington for an annual march to protest the Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Safe, legal and not so rare

Bill Clinton famously said he didn't like abortion, and only wanted to make it "safe, legal and rare." The abortion lobby picked it up as a nice slogan, and used it often. But that was then and this is now. The abortion lobby is proposing now in Hawaii that "pro-life counselors" be required to recruit young women for abortions. Published March 27, 2017

True believers never satisfied

The ongoing brouhaha about whether President Trump or his associates have been in cahoots with Vladimir Putin or Mr. Putin's thugs will never be settled to the satisfaction of some Democrats. Published March 26, 2017

In this Feb. 1, 2012, file photo, miles of pipe ready to become part of the Keystone Pipeline are stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Keystone moves on, slowly

The Keystone pipeline is inching slowly forward. After more than a decade of back-and-forth bickering between Republicans and Democrats, between business interests and radical environmentalists, the State Department of the Trump administration has finally given its permission, as required by law, to let the oil flow. TransCanada, the company that is building Keystone, praises the new president for clearing the stones, stumps and twigs remaining in the way. Published March 26, 2017

The Republicans couldn't even fire a blank

Marching the regiment up the hill, with every musket fully loaded, and then down again without firing a shot is no way to inspire an army. Paul Ryan's Republicans, who boasted for seven years that they couldn't wait to get their hands on the Democrats and Obamacare, promising to make quick work of repeal and replace, couldn't even get close enough to fire blanks. Published March 26, 2017

Turkey preventing peace in Cyprus

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's op-ed, "Turkey's vision for Cyprus" (Web, March 19), is fraught with misinformation that Turkey has disseminated since the start of the current settlement talks. Mr. Cavusoglu cites the many security challenges facing the Eastern Mediterranean. In doing so, however, he neglects to mention Turkey's role in fomenting regional instability vis-a-vis its cozy relationships with terrorist groups. Turkey incites further tension by violating, almost daily, the territorial naval and airspace of its NATO ally Greece. On a recent day in January, Greece's Ministry of Defense recorded 138 violations of Greek airspace that had to be intercepted over islands in the Aegean Sea. Published March 26, 2017

President Donald Trump jokes as he sits in the drivers seat of an 18-wheeler as he meets with truckers and CEOs regarding healthcare on the South Lawn of the White House, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

It's always Trump's fault

The mainstream media pile-on of the Department of Homeland Security for its directive banning laptops, tablets and other electronic devices on direct flights from cities in eight predominately Muslim countries to the United States follows a familiar pattern. Published March 23, 2017

Plastic cups spell out Rockville Strong, at Rockville High School in Rockville, Maryland, on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom, allegedly by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the U.S. illegally from Central America. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

Reading, writing, and raping

Rape was once a capital crime almost everywhere. But the politically correct culture, with its gift for dumbing down everything, regards rape now not as a felony, but a misdemeanor, something like shoplifting. Published March 23, 2017

School choice will unlock potential

Just as it would be impossible to sell a cake containing all the wrong ingredients, it's not possible to sell a school-choice scheme that is as far removed from school choice as East is from West. Not only does school choice not have to cost one dime, but it will save countless billions for hardworking taxpayers and provide every child the opportunity for a quality education that meets their needs, talents and faith. This will result in fewer dropouts, less crime, fewer gangs and less need for welfare, government health-care, abortions and prisons. It will surely usher in a new era of liberty, justice, prosperity and domestic tranquility. Published March 23, 2017

Turkey must leave Cyprus

Like an overbearing parent, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu prescribes how Cypriots must obey Turkey in order to have a future ("Turkey's vision for Cyprus," Web, March 19). Yet the progress made in the negotiations between Turkey and Cyprus is a result of the leaders of the Cypriot communities taking ownership of the negotiation process and painstakingly defining their own common vision for the future, one in which they share the duties of running a country. Published March 23, 2017

Stand up to Turkey

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's "Turkey's Vision for Cyprus" (Web, March 19) represents nothing but transparent, shameful, official propaganda of the government of Turkey. It is a dismal effort to justify Turkey's ongoing, brutal military aggression against Cyprus (including invasion, occupation, colonization, forcible division, ethnic cleansing, massive violations of human rights, destruction of cultural property, attempted secession, usurpation of property and more). Published March 22, 2017