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  • Grounding Christmas

    By now you’ve probably heard about the curious case down in Wichita of the Christmas giveaway that went awry. Well, it hasn’t gone awry quite yet, Christmas not arriving until Sunday. But it will. It seems that an .

  • Canadians withdraw from Kyoto Protocols

    Dale R. Herspring Contributing Writer Canada shocked the world by announcing recently that it was withdrawing from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The treaty was intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. It had certain obligations that had .

  • Falling on one’s principled sword

    We get the opposition among House Republicans to a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, which was passed by the Senate a few days ago. Purely on grounds of economic policy, a two-month extension makes no sense. It provides .

  • Brewer sentence was appropriate

    The Greeks long ago created a word — katharsis — expressing the sense of purification or purgation one draws from the 12 to 20-year prison sentence handed down by Judge David Stutzman to Daniel Brewer following Brewer’s guilty and no-contest pleas in .

  • Mark snow tardy this snow day

    Good for us. We dodged a major snowstorm on the last day of fall. We’ll put up with a little slush, especially if it comes off windshields as readily as this morning’s variety did. Hindsight is, of course, .

  • Kim’s death renews concerns

    Those who were close to Kim Jong-Il, the 69-year-old North Korean ruler who died Saturday, may have truly loved him. And judging by reports of the anguish of millions of North Koreans, he was beloved by the very people who .

  • Low pressure centers key to predicting the weather

    What is the long term weather forecast? First, what do we mean by ‘long term’? Is that two weeks or 12 months? Seriously, people take stabs at predicting it for real money. Some of them have been doing it for decades, .

  • Putin expected more than narrow, tainted victory

    Dale R. Herspring Contributing Writer Russia held an election Dec.. 4 that attracted considerable attention in Russians and beyond. That’s because it did not turn out like elections always have in Russia and the Soviet Union. The party in power, .

  • National ban worth pursuing

    It probably was a matter of time before the National Traffic Safety Board recommended a nationwide ban on the use of all portable electronic devices by drivers. Now that the agency has acted, it will be interesting to see whether .

  • Manning, U.S. democracy to be on trial

    Private first class Bradley Manning is alleged to have leaked thousands of classified documents revealing massive war crimes committed upon the civilian populations of Iraq and Afghanistan by the U.S. military. He was arrested, placed in solitary confinement and .

  • Again, Kim may want to talk

    It might not be fair to suggest that North Korea’s President Kim Jong Il is hinting at resuming negotiations about his country’s nuclear weapons tests because he doesn’t like being bumped out of the spotlight by Libya .

  • Moderates need not apply

    John Huntsman, the former Utah governor who’s running for the Republican nomination for president, is in trouble. He’s got some conservative ideas, but he’s running as a moderate. By contemporary Republican primary standards, however, he’s close .


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