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Columnists: Tortured reasoning

posted: 12/19/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture.”

Letters

posted: 12/19/2014 2:06 a.m. Comments 3

Online class great, but . . .

When want is keenly felt

posted: 12/19/2014 2:04 a.m. Comment 1

I can scarcely think of a better holiday tradition than getting reacquainted each December with that Ghost Story of Christmas--aka A Christmas Carol.

Columnists: Russia's so-called economy

posted: 12/19/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West: Russia's economy imploded.

Editorials: It's just too early to tell

posted: 12/19/2014 2:02 a.m. Comment 1

Welcome to Washington and Bienvenida a la Habana! The door has creaked open to renewed diplomatic and maybe commercial relations between the Colossus of the North and one of the few remaining Communist tyrannies this side of Beijing--and hope and peril now enter side by side.

Editorials: In God do they trust . . .

posted: 12/18/2014 3 a.m. Comments 8

Here's yet another entry in our bulging Billboards Must Go! file. (We've been stuffing it with news items for years.) Oh, sure, billboards may be all right in New Jersey or Louisiana, especially when they cover up smog-filled industrial belts, but in a beautiful, green state like Arkansas? They only get in the way of the natural scenery in The Natural State.

Columnists: Wall Street's revenge

posted: 12/18/2014 2:59 a.m. Discuss

On Wall Street, 2010 was the year of "Obama rage" when financial tycoons went ballistic over the president's suggestion that some bankers helped cause the financial crisis. They were also angry about the Dodd-Frank financial reform, which placed some limits on their wheeling and dealing.

Others say: Pakistan's latest massacre

posted: 12/18/2014 2:59 a.m. Discuss

After the massacre of 132 children Tuesday at a military-run school in Peshawar, no Pakistani should be under any illusions about the nature of the so-called Pakistani Taliban.

Columnists: Dangerous games above

posted: 12/18/2014 2:58 a.m. Discuss

Russia seems not to have learned the central lesson of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine: Reckless strategies produce accidents, and the costs can be huge.

Guest writer: Black lives matter

posted: 12/18/2014 2:58 a.m. Comments 2

If America is going to reach her destination of racial healing, reconciliation, and unity, then young black lives have to matter and must be accounted for. The life of every single American citizen is integral to our nation becoming the more perfect union that is our divine destiny.

Acceptance optional

posted: 12/18/2014 2:57 a.m. Comment 1

Editor's note: This column originally appeared online Wednesday.

Letters

posted: 12/18/2014 2:55 a.m. Comment 1

Should not be proud The office of the president of the United States is an honor that this country's founding fathers saw fit to implement for leadership of our country.

Editorials: What's the big deal?

posted: 12/17/2014 2:56 a.m. Discuss

Last week the papers were overflowing with stories about a Senate committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture to extract information from terrorists--known or just suspected terrorists.

Columnists: What Is Chanukah?

posted: 12/17/2014 2:55 a.m. Comments 2

Last night we lit the first candle, for it was the first night of this minor, eight-day Jewish holiday that's become a major one in our time. Maybe because of its proximity to Christmas and the temptation to provide some sort of Jewish equivalent.

Columnists: Retail season

posted: 12/17/2014 2:54 a.m. Discuss

The grocery store clerk glanced around the bustling store and confided, "I don't like this season." At the bookstore, a cashier encouraged me to fill out a customer satisfaction survey, adding in a half-whisper, "If I don't get a perfect score, it counts against me." I have been told the same thing by other retail workers on several occasions.

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