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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't forget Audie Murphy

Your Feb. 4 "Inside the Beltway" piece on the World War II Office of Strategic Services states that William "Wild Bill" Donovan is the sole American to receive our nation's four highest military decorations. Not so. Published February 11, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Service to God and country isn't irreconcilable

Your Jan. 30 editorial "Turbans, tattoos and beards in the military" was an insult to the service of thousands of turbaned and bearded Sikhs who fought and died in defense of freedom during both world wars, and to observant Sikh Americans, such as Maj. Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi. Published February 11, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Marriage for priests not likely to end abuse

In "Theologians at the United Nations" (Commentary, Feb. 7), Wesley Pruden seems to suggest that suppression of "the most compelling of natural human instincts," (i.e., priestly celibacy) has been the primary cause of sex abuse by Catholic clergy. Published February 11, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop bankrolling illegals on taxpayer dime

Am I alone in seeing the travesty that is occurring in Washington today? The president and Congress are working on moving forward with so-called "immigration reform" and a revised Dream Act, yet they have absolutely stonewalled any extension for long-term unemployment benefits. Published February 11, 2014

In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia. Should Snowden ever return to the U.S., he would face criminal charges for leaking information about NSA surveillance programs. But legal experts say a trial could expose more classified information as his lawyers try to build a case in an open court that the operations he exposed were illegal.  (AP Photo)

EDITORIAL: Snowden makes a point

Edward J. Snowden revealed to the world that the U.S. government collects emails, records telephone calls and snoops through other communications of just about everybody. This disclosure set off an overdue debate on the meaning and limits of privacy and surveillance in the modern age. Published February 10, 2014

In this Jan. 28, 2014, photo, Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the address, Obama unveiled a new program called “myRA,” for “my IRA.” It’s aimed at helping the roughly half of Americans with no retirement plan at work. With low initial investments, workers can invest in Treasury bonds and eventually concert the accounts into traditional IRAs. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

EDITORIAL: Obama's warmed-over fudge on global warming

President Obama was sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution, but his oath of office shouldn't be confused with the courtroom oath requiring witnesses to "tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth." Published February 10, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, the day after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: The Democrats' job lock ruse

The luckiest people in the world right now are the 2.3 million Americans about to find themselves in the unemployment line. That's the Democratic response to the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates of Obamacare's damage to the economy. Published February 10, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't lie to kids about farm animals

PETA regrets that a flier that was intended to be given to parents was inadvertently given to children at a California elementary school, but we are also disturbed (as parents should have been) that the school was allowing a farmer to mislead children about how cows and calves are treated on modern dairy farms. Published February 10, 2014

Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Bailing out Obamacare

You don't need a degree in higher math to see that the numbers for President Obama's health care takeover don't add up. Obamacare doles out generous subsidies to the elderly in the expectation that healthy young people will pay higher premiums to cover the added costs of insuring the old. Published February 9, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Maryland needs change from O'Malley

Marylanders have an important decision to make this year. We will either decide to continue the tax-and-spend agenda and the exit of businesses and Marylanders to other states, or we will embark upon a journey of restoration for our state. What choice will you make? Published February 9, 2014

U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry holds a copy of the 387 page report of the Advisory Committe to the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service on the relationship of smoking to health Jan. 11, 1964.  He spoke at a Washington news conference at which the study was released.  It termed smoking a health hazard calling for corrective action. (AP Photo/hwg)

EDITORIAL: Smoke signals from CVS

Tobacco is the nanny state's favorite punching bag. Attention-seeking politicians win headlines by introducing a bill or ordinance to ban lighting up somewhere. This requires an ever-creative imagination, because most restaurants, bars, stores and workplaces are already off-limits. Published February 6, 2014

** FILE ** In this June 12, 2013, file photo, workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers at Volkswagen's only U.S. factory will decide in February 2014 whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. (AP Photo/ Erik Schelzig, file)

EDITORIAL: VW workers face a choice in Chattanooga

Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., are caught between two powerful interests. They're urged by the United Auto Workers to vote next week to join the union, with organizing help of the VW management, even though most employees apparently don't approve. Published February 6, 2014