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EDITORIAL: Obama's retirement MyRA plan is a gimmick

We can blame Woodrow Wilson for the annual bore that the State of the Union has become. Before Wilson, the presidents sent their ideas about the state of the union to Congress in writing. Published January 31, 2014

** FILE ** The Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and president of the National Action Network, speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Confronting race-baiting at MSNBC

The race card is the overworked joker in the deck of every media and political hack. When a Democratic partisan lays it on the table, the Republican instinct is to head for the exit, leaving his cards, chips and courage behind. Published January 31, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Exploiting veterans for a political agenda

I was extremely annoyed at President Obama's State of the Union address, as well as the response the speech got from Republicans. As an independent voter, I can't understand how the Republicans can ignore Mr. Obama's veiled threats to bypass Congress. Published January 31, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: On e-cigarette petition, administration blowing smoke

Stephen Dinan's story about the "We the People" petition site has the subheading "Obama is given credit for trying" ("Deport Justin Bieber: White House goes mum on 'We the People' petition site," Web, Jan. 28). Not by former smokers who finally quit by switching to electronic cigarettes. Published January 31, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shuttering 'sheltered' workshops ill-advised

Proposed federal regulations designed to close down "sheltered" workshops are outrageous ("R.I. to move disabled out of 'segregated' workshops," Web, Jan. 17). The majority of individuals who work in these facilities will not find jobs in private businesses because they cannot produce at expected levels. Published January 31, 2014

FILE - This Nov. 23, 2010 file phoo shows Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va. speaking in Arlington, Va. Veteran Democratic Moran is retiring from Congress. The 68-year Moran, a former mayor of Alexandria, Va., who was first elected in 1990, has been a staunch supporter of federal civilian employees who have a heavy presence in his district.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

EDITORIAL: Jim Moran's health care epiphany

Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia rarely holds his tongue (and never his punches), but he was the loyal Democratic soldier when it was time to vote for Obamacare. His pending retirement from Congress has freed him now to finally say what he thinks about the president's takeover of the nation's health care. Published January 30, 2014

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, left, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, right, talk with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, center before President Barack Obama speaks at a reception for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EDITORIAL: A flash of truth on speed-camera cash

The Baltimore Sun reports some interesting statistics about the revenue cameras that have been harassing drivers passing through Charm City for years. One of every 10 speeding tickets records a speed reading that's completely made up. Published January 30, 2014

FILE - In this March 26, 2013 file photo, attorneys David Boies, left, and Theodore Olson, addresse members of the media outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Olson and Boies fought on opposite sides of the case that determined the 2000 presidential election, but the veteran attorneys joined forces to defeat California’s gay-marriage ban, a five-year effort documented in “The Case Against 8,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film follows the attorneys and plaintiffs in the lawsuit that resulted in the marriage ban being overturned. “The Case Against 8” is set to air on HBO in June. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

EDITORIAL: Freeing children from bad teachers

California is a national trendsetter, and usually not in a good way. A trial now under way in Los Angeles gives the state a chance to redeem itself by changing a system that offers iron-clad job security to the laziest and most incompetent teachers. Published January 30, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: E-voting could solve voter-ID issue

Although it falls short of an optimal solution, I endorse the findings of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which has proposed numerous means to make voting easier, including expanding online registration, convenient early voting, improved technology and ensuring proper training and education for poll workers. Published January 30, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Energy is not same as power

I don't know the background of the author of "Reconsider the petrodollar economy" (Jan. 10), but it is hard to take his position seriously when he confuses energy and power — two entirely different concepts. Published January 30, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Southerners banding together aren't 'wimps'

"Weather wimps: Snow dusting leaves Southerners sleeping in cars, Home Depot" (Web, Jan. 29) could have been worded differently. What makes the article unwelcome is the fact that fun was made of a desperate situation that families faced this week. Published January 30, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Party allegiance trumps Constitution

Andrew P. Napolitano's essay beginning every sentence with "What if" consists of a litany of impeachable offenses by President Obama ("A sorry State of the Union," Commentary, Jan. 30). Mr. Napolitano paints a vivid picture of the president's overreaching and usurping of his power against the Constitution of the United States. Published January 30, 2014

EDITORIAL: Turbans, tattoos and beards in military

Uniforms are "uniform" for a reason. The military requires hair to be cut to a certain length, tattoos must not overtake the neckline, crawl under short sleeves or otherwise showcase an inked army of one. Published January 29, 2014

** FILE ** In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

EDITORIAL: Nominee for Norway embarrassingly unprepared

William F. Buckley once said that he would rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston telephone directory than by the faculty at Harvard. A fair point, but President Obama seems to be taking Mr. Buckley's remark a bit too literally. Published January 29, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: All the president's pens and executive orders

Ever the huckster, rarely the statesman, President Obama continued the pitch for the spending schemes he presented Tuesday night in his State of the Union speech. On Wednesday, he began a road trip to take him to carefully assembled fawning crowds in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Published January 29, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A scam by any other name

One sure sign of a scam is an offering with a title that's the opposite of what the scam is really about. One of the best, most recent examples of this is the Affordable Care Act. Published January 29, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Brick wall' GOP is all we have to stop Obama

I have just read for the umpteenth time that a Democrat has accused the Tea Party of not allowing President Obama to put his policies into effect. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently said the "anti-Obama" GOP erects a brick wall to Mr. Obama's policies. Hallelujah. Published January 29, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fewer wealthy wouldn't mean less poverty

For more than five years, our president has failed to ignite economic growth with his spending, regulating and taxing policies. Initially, he and his lemmings were able to blame President George W. Bush and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Published January 29, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Time to rewrite GOP playbook

It's time to focus comprehensively on what Republicans are no longer doing well. Republicans have stopped teaching people and communities how to be richer, more economically sound and profitable at work. Published January 29, 2014