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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The military needs stability

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement concerning the reduction of the U.S. military is troublesome on many fronts ("Hagel plans Pentagon cuts that would take Army to pre-WWII levels," Web, Feb. 24). It is similar to the issues surrounding the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. There are many who believe that the United States either had prior knowledge of the pending attack or that we ignored the many signs that should have alerted us to the possibility of the attack. Published February 26, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christians beliefs deserve protection, too

There is a debate going on in America, and its outcome will greatly affect our religious liberties ("Pressure mounts over Arizona bill opposed by gays," Web, Feb. 24). A Christian-owned bakery in Oregon refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple because of the owner's faith, which views homosexual "marriage" as a sin (as so stated in numerous places in the Bible). Because of an Oregon ruling, the bakery faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and has had to close its doors. Published February 26, 2014

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro looks at his supporters during a motorcycle rally in support of his government, in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. Since Feb. 12, opponents of President Nicolas Maduro have been staging countrywide protests that the government says have resulted in scores of deaths and more than one hundred injured. The demonstrators blame Maduro's administration for the country's high crime rate and economic troubles. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Venezuela at the edge

The convulsions racking Venezuela are predictable, and tragic. When the heavy boot of government suppresses a nation's commerce to a standstill, the people eventually go to the streets to protest their lost freedoms. This might take decades, as in the old Soviet empire, but an effective backlash against radical socialism is inevitable. Published February 25, 2014

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe questions Education Secretary Arne Duncan during the Education and Workforce Committee session at the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EDITORIAL: More medical waste

The Virginia General Assembly is as paralyzed as Congress. Democrats run the state Senate and Republicans the House of Delegates, encouraging disagreements similar to those shutting down the works on Capitol Hill. Richmond's inability to act is a good thing, since it's an obstacle in the way of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's costly scheme to expand Virginia's participation in Medicaid. Published February 25, 2014

** FILE ** Foundations and pilings are all that remain of brick buildings and a boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, after they were destroyed when a powerful storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast on Monday night. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

EDITORIAL: The congressional water works

There's a threat of flooding on Capitol Hill from a rising tide of crocodile tears. Ever eager to spend somebody else's money on something, some congressman want to relieve the suffering of rich constituents who own vacation estates where they shouldn't. Congress, in a rare burst of common sense, decided two years ago that the government shouldn't subsidize luxury vacation villas in areas prone to frequent flooding. Republican leaders in the House have scheduled a vote Wednesday on legislation to undo everything Congress did right in 2012. Published February 25, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: First Amendment hijinks

Come on now, give the left a break. The First Amendment applies to Congress, not to the president or his executive branch agencies ("FCC backpedals on wrongheaded newsroom-monitoring plan," Web, Feb. 21). The First Amendment expressly bars Congress from enacting laws limiting, among other things, freedom of the press and free speech. There is nothing in the amendment limiting the president's authority to pass laws in the form of executive orders controlling news output. Published February 25, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: EEOC guidelines are nonsensical

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's "guidelines" on background checks for job applicants are yet another example of the liberal shibboleth that any race-neutral practice or procedure that results in fewer hires from a protected racial minority group necessarily means that illegal discrimination has occurred ("Some members of civil-rights panel accuse EEOC of overreach on racism," Web, Feb. 20). They believe discrimination has occurred even in cases where the individuals from groups who were "under-hired" happened to have been convicted felons. Published February 25, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Olympic judging needs change

Certain recent occurrences at the Sochi Olympics have demonstrated the need for judges and officials to be from nations other than those with athletes competing in the game in question. This would rule out the possibility of favoritism. Published February 25, 2014

Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, left, campaigns for Michigan's new 14th district congressional seat at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Susan Tusa)

EDITORIAL: Cornered by Obamacare

Like a cornered animal, Democrats threatened by Obamacare are turning vicious. One Democratic congressman, now running for the U.S. Senate, last week threatened to use a federal agency to drive a television station out of business if it allowed a cancer patient to share her story of how Obamacare took away her insurance. Published February 24, 2014

The Obama administration's proposed crackdown on tea party and other nonprofit groups that want to play roles in politics is quietly crumbling as opposition builds across the political spectrum to new IRS rules. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: A president without supervision

The Obama administration cries out for adult supervision. Instead of enforcing the laws, President Obama skips the tedious and inconvenient legislative responsibility and makes national policy with executive orders, public statements and press releases. The Republicans, especially in the House, must apply the discipline assigned by the Constitution. Published February 24, 2014

Former Vice President Al Gore.

EDITORIAL: Music for the polar vortex

Everyone (well, nearly everyone) has been wondering whatever happened to Al Gore, and whether he's still in the global-warming business. We can reliably report that yes, he is. A reporter ran into him the other night in Kansas City, where everything, even Al, is up to date and Al is peddling a new and improved line of snake oil. Published February 24, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We need a common tongue

Robert Vandervoort clearly demonstrates a consequence of our lack of a common tongue ("Out of many, one official language," Commentary, Feb. 21). It's bad enough that a student at a state-funded college is unable to attend classes where her fellow students speak English. It's unacceptable that school administrators publicly defamed her, served her with suspension papers and had her escorted off the campus by police because she requested that English be used in class. Published February 24, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Past behavior indicates future actions

If history and facts have shown that persons with criminal records are more likely to commit crimes, under what sane guidelies should a business ignore such warnings in the name of equality ("Some members of civil-rights panel accuse EEOC of overreach on racism," Web, Feb. 20)? Published February 24, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Unfit for the job

Secretary of State John Kerry has been everywhere geographically but nowhere diplomatically. His record in one year has comprised failures not only in the Middle East but internationally, including the Pacific theater. He is either naive or does not appreciate the dynamics of foreign policy and diplomacy. Published February 24, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Executive orders are an integral Obama tool

Presidents have long abused their powers by circumventing Congress with executive orders, which could be construed as unconstitutional in many cases. Presidential executive orders began with Herbert Hoover, proliferated with Dwight Eisenhower and have become commonplace presidential instruments. Over the past 60 years, approximately 3,200 executive orders have been enacted: 1,830 by Republicans and 1,370 by Democrats. Published February 24, 2014

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Ernest Istook launching a new radio show

Former Rep. Ernest Istook is launching a new radio show Monday, returning to the airwaves in his home state on KZLS, 1640 AM "The Eagle" in Oklahoma City. Published February 23, 2014

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks next to a painting of the late Hugo Chavez, during a news conference at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Speaking Friday to international media, Maduro called out what he said was a "campaign of demonization to isolate the Bolivarian revolution." (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

EDITORIAL: Socialist Venezuela runs out of money

Venezuela once exported more oil than almost any other country. Now it can't even keep the lights on. A nation rich in natural resources scrambles to find enough toilet paper. Published February 21, 2014