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Capt. Tom Hudner Jr., USN (Ret.), a Medal of Honor recipient (left), and Capt. Paul E. Mawn, USN (Ret.), chairman of the Advocates for Harvard ROTC (right), are in the Harvard Yard at the June 3 ROTC commissioning ceremony. (Photograph provided by the Advocates for Harvard ROTC/Special to The Washington Times).

EDITORIAL: Free men in uniform

Hundreds of thousands of young men and women graduate from colleges and universities across the land this spring, and a small contingent of them put aside "the college joys" to take up the uniform of their country, many of them as part of the Reserve Officers Training Corps - ROTC, or "Rot-C," as it's called on many campuses. Published May 27, 2013

A wreath is laid during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Korean War armistice at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, July 27, 2009. (Peter Lockley / The Washington Times)

EDITORIAL: Remembering 'our soldier dead'

This returning Decoration Day brings our entire nation in reverence and respect to the graves of our departed soldiers. Each year, their number has increased, as that long blue line which stood so valiantly for the cause of the Union has grown thinner and thinner, until today it has almost vanished from earthly view. Published May 27, 2013

Illustration Windmills Killing Eagles by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Windmills of death

There's a killer on the loose. Known for murdering in cold blood with a sharp blade, the government has nevertheless turned a blind eye to the killer's trail of death and destruction. Published May 24, 2013

Leaning to hear a reporter's question, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, talks Feb. 26, 2013, about the looming automatic spending cuts following a Democratic strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Reid's court-packing scheme

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid doesn't like the direction the federal judiciary is heading, so he has come up with a variant of court-packing to achieve his results. Published May 24, 2013

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)

EDITORIAL: The nanny blows his top

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is still smarting from the court rebuke he got in March for trying to prohibit sales of "supersized" sodas. He blew his top last week at a second judicial slight. Published May 24, 2013

** ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 21 ** Visitors listen Friday, Sept. 5, 2008, to Michael Gurling, right, of the Forks, Wash., Chamber of Commerce, talk about the bonfire location on a beach in LaPush, Wash., that is portrayed as the place where Bella Swan, the main character in author Stephenie Meyer's vampire-themed "Twilight" books, learns that her high-school friend Edward Cullen is really a vampire. The visitors were taking part in a "Twilight Tour" led by Gurling that takes fans of the books, which are set in the nearby town of Forks, Wash., around to locations central to the plot and characters. The attention is welcome in Forks, which has long suffered by the decline in the timber industry. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

EDITORIAL: California to ban fire

Since man first rubbed a pair of sticks together to make a fire, we've gathered around a campfire to cook food, enjoy good company and bask in the warmth of the glowing embers. Published May 23, 2013

Illustration: Homegrown jihad by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Homegrown jihad

George W. Bush employed an anti-terrorism strategy of taking the fight to the enemy abroad "so we do not have to face them here at home." Barack Obama has replaced that with welcoming the enemy to our shores and bestowing on him American citizenship. Published May 23, 2013

Penny S. Pritzker (Screen shot of

EDITORIAL: Another crony for the Cabinet

President Obama's choice of Hyatt hotel heiress Penny Pritzker as secretary of commerce, to be taken up Thursday by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, puts Democrats on the panel between that famous rock and a hard place. Published May 23, 2013

President Obama speaks at Ellicott Dredges in Baltimore on May 17, 2013, during his second "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour." (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The Obama enemies list

The Obama administration has an enemies list, and John Dodson was on it. The special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) infuriated his superiors by alerting Congress and everyone else about the government's gunrunning scheme called Fast and Furious. Published May 22, 2013

**FILE** Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks Sept. 12, 2012, during an introduction of the new iPhone 5 in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Grilled Apple

Even after taking new hits to its stock price, Apple Inc., remains the most valuable corporation in the world. That makes some senators green with envy. They assume such success could only have come at a cost to the government. Published May 22, 2013

Illustration: Second thoughts by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Thought crimes

In George Orwell's allegorical novel "Animal Farm," all animals were equal, but some animals were more equal than others. "Hate-crime" laws treat some victims more equally than others, converting thoughts into crimes. Orwell would understand, but not applaud. Published May 22, 2013

**FILE** Al Gore (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: A climate milestone

For Al Gore, it's "a sad milestone." Scientists have announced that the level of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere has reached a "record" level of 400 parts per million. Published May 21, 2013

Illustration: Protest vote by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A voice for the goose

The City Council in Takoma Park, Md., prides itself as living on the cutting edge of liberalism. The small town bristles at life in the left-leaning shadow of the District of Columbia, and often tries to go one small step further left. Published May 21, 2013

Lyndon B. Johnson

EDITORIAL: Repeal the Johnson Amendment

The Vietnam War and the "war on poverty" are probably the best-remembered elements of President Lyndon B. Johnson's legacy, but that's only part of it. Published May 20, 2013

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The deficit dip

The deficit is shrinking, but it's too soon to celebrate a return to sanity. America is still sinking more into debt by the minute and is still on a path to ruin. Published May 20, 2013

Illustration: Hugo Chavez

EDITORIAL: The bottom line

Socialism has finally hit the fan in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, though he checked out just in time to miss it. He left millions of Venezuelans struggling to clean up the mess. Published May 20, 2013

** FILE ** This Oct. 18, 2012, file photo, shows the iPhone5. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Socking the smartphone set

President Obama borrows a lot of his ideas from his friends in Europe. The continent's Big Government welfare state is an inspiration for someone who thinks the cure for too much spending is more spending. Published May 17, 2013

President Obama speaks on the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra tax scrutiny in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday May 15, 2013. Mr. Obama announced the resignation of Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Rotten fish at the IRS

If you're a president under fire, it's convenient to fire someone who's about to leave anyway. The president on Wednesday threw acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller under the hot dog wagon, or whatever convenient cliche was waiting at the curb. Published May 17, 2013

EDITORIAL: Parking meter scam

New Hampshire residents take the "Live Free or Die" slogan on their license plates seriously. Municipal governments use every shady trick to squeeze revenue from the citizenry, but Hampshiremen are fighting back. Published May 17, 2013