EDITORIALS: Uncertain future for campaign finance; U.S. workers lag behind
Erasing spending limits in federal elections is a sure path to even more cynicism and distrust of American politics. / Technology and the economy are conspiring against workers, putting America behind other countries.
EDITORIALS: Messages about exercise; Opening the Vatican's bank
In the modern world, medication is frequently seen as the answer for what ails you. But a new study appears to confirm what is really little more than common sense. / One of the mandates Pope Francis received when he ascended to the papacy was to clean up the increasingly corrupt Vatican bureaucracy, and the bank was high on the list of problems.
EDITORIALS: Shield law needed; No more excuses for inaction on global warming
While there is general support for a federal shield law in Congress and by journalism organizations, a key sticking point has been the seemingly simple question of defining “journalist.” / The remaining uncertainty over global warming — primarily its longer-term impact — hardly justifies inaction. And common sense says that the longer the world waits to properly address this issue, the harsher the consequences will be.
EDITORIALS: Another pointless fiscal battle; Mental health reform not the sole answer
Once again, House Republicans have their sights set on pulling the plug on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. As in the past, the effort will come to naught. / While some gun rights activists would like to divert discussion away from gun control to mental health treatment or restrictions as the cure-all for gun violence, we need a robust discussion on parallel paths that do not exclude one from the other.
EDITORIAL: How many bloodbaths before we ban assault weapons?
It’s happened in Newtown, Conn., in Littleton, Colo., in Aurora, Colo., and at Virginia Tech. And it will happen again while the nation sits idly by and continues to allow basically unfettered access to assault rifles and other semi-automatic weapons.
EDITORIALS: Later class times; Anti-Assad bandwagon is empty
Would later class times improve student performance? / World fails to jump on anti-Assad bandwagon
NCAA shouldn’t ban Adderall
University of Oklahoma ace pitcher Jonathan Gray doesn't deserve the criticism he's faced since failing a a pre-MLB draft drug test. He tested positive for Adderall, a drug whose abuse is so widespread at colleges nationwide that the NCAA should drop it from their list of banned substances.
Editorial: Seizure of AP phone records insult to independent press
This amounts to spying on an American news organization -- common practice in dictatorships but scary conduct in a democratic system that prizes the public value of an independent watchdog press.
Want better roads? Vote 'yes'
McAlester’s roads are a mess. There’s no question about that. But it’s up to voters Tuesday to fix the problem anytime in the near future.
Joy destroyed at Boston Marathon
The crowds have always made the Boston Marathon a joyful event to watch, and probably also in which to participate. All those good vibes were lost on Monday when terrorists detonated two bombs near the race’s finish line, killing three and wounding approximately 175 more.
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