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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Eliminate harmful college athletics

In an era of a younger generation bent on divorcing and suing their parents, harassing their parents for expensive items so they can show off to their peers, and now unionizing school athletics, the March 26 National Labor Relations Board ruling claiming students who are given the wonderful gift of a free education proves one just thing. Published March 28, 2014

New York City taxis pass through New York's Times Square, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Under ambitious proposals that seek to get New York City cabs to slow down by taking the financial incentive out of speeding, black boxes inside cabs would shut the toll meter off whenever a cab goes above the posted limit - 25 mph in much of Manhattan - and drivers would be alerted they are going too fast. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

EDITORIAL: Taxi cartels aim to run upstarts like Uber off the road

There's a war on in the courts and city halls between the taxi cartels and ambitious independent drivers who offer residents a ride with a smartphone app. The taxicab industry is filing lawsuits hither and yon, trying to divert high-tech ridesharing firms such as Uber, Lyft and SideCar onto a dead-end street. Published March 27, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Pope Francis, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Meeting with pope won't get Obama on 'greatest leaders' list

Barack Obama is the celebrity president. Or was. When he assumed office, he got a Nobel Peace Prize and two Grammys for his trophy case, awarded for just being his wonderful self. He was a rock star without a guitar, or as they might say in Texas, "all hat and no cattle." Published March 27, 2014

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EDITORIAL: Lights-out 'Earth Hour' is 60 minutes wasted

Few cries for attention are less effective than turning off the lights and sitting in the dark for an hour. Nevertheless, the World Wide Fund for Nature is encouraging people around the world to honor, or celebrate, or mourn, or whatever, during "Earth Hour," Saturday night between 8:30 and 9:30. Published March 27, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School-conduct codes aren't racist

Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. notes that schools' well-meaning attempts "to hold black kids accountable by enforcing codes of conduct are called racist" by officials such as Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Published March 27, 2014

The Times launches new digital magazine: American CurrentSee

The Washington Times on Thursday launches American CurrentSee, a free weekly digital magazine for conservative black Americans. The magazine, available at, aims to empower its readers to embrace an agenda of economic opportunity, moral leadership and freedom from government dependency. Published March 26, 2014

This book cover image released by Doubleday shows "The Wife, The Maid, and the Mistress," by Ariel Lawhon. (AP Photo/Doubleday)

Gender inequality in housework irks Eurocrats

Nothing beats working like conducting a survey to calibrate the obvious. What else would graduate students do? The best of such surveys confirm what everybody already knows. Published March 26, 2014

Wholesale cigarette distributor Phil Sealey (right) of Cumberland, R.I., participates in a rally to protest increased cigarette taxes outside the State House in Providence, R.I., March 31. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Blowing smoke on cigarette taxes

It's usually true that if you want less of something, tax it. There's an exception, however, when the item being taxed can be easily smuggled in from a place with lower taxes. "Something" like cigarettes, for example. Published March 26, 2014

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican,  Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

EDITORIAL: Obama at the Vatican

President Obama meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday before heading to the Colosseum to continue his spring break with a little sightseeing. Given that no president has done more to alienate Roman Catholics than this one, the papal-presidential audience will be an interesting test of the Holy Father's capacity to forgive. Published March 26, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Denial is no way to fix immigration

"A conversation on comprehensive immigration reform" (Web, March 23), Armstrong Williams' interview of Center for Immigration Studies fellow Mike Cutler, seems to be nothing more than an exercise in "can't do." Published March 26, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: News networks complicit in cover-ups

There is a foul smell of rotten politics coming from the Democrats and the White House, and it's choking the American public. They're getting help from most mainstream television news networks, which only report what they want us to hear. Published March 26, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Faith talk OK — if it's negative

If so-called "progressives" have their way, religious belief and expression will be restricted to homes (except bedrooms) and maybe to places of worship ("Hobby Lobby case's First Amendment backing," Commentary, March 21). Published March 25, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Abortion about money, not health or rights

Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth demonstrates the same cold-hearted sentiments as Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and her accomplices in the abortion industry ("For the abortion industry, the question of when life begins doesn't matter," Web, March 21). Here we have the irony that a mother, that figure traditionally deemed the epitome of a caring, nurturing person, who turns her back on the most vulnerable. Yet reason tells us abortion is the absolute antithesis of motherhood, a perversion of the finest feminine instincts. Published March 25, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Penalty system, not immigration, is broken

I have been a huge fan of Armstrong Williams for years, but "A conversation on comprehensive immigration reform" (Web, March 23) does not answer the question that most politicians and illegal-alien front organizations continue to avoid: What is broken with the U.S. immigration system? No one will specify. I contend that nothing is wrong. Published March 25, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a rally at the Washington Avenue Armory on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. De Blasio is in Albany to whip up support for a tax hike on wealthy New Yorkers to fund universal pre-kindergarten and expanded after-school programs. The tax is opposed by Cuomo and the Republicans in the state Senate. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

EDITORIAL: Blocking the schoolhouse door

Gov. Martin O'Malley fancies himself the "education governor" of Maryland. This means, in blue states like Maryland, that he does the bidding of the teachers' unions that have devastated public education. The National Education Association recognized his "contributions" four years ago as the "Education Governor of the Year." Published March 25, 2014