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America’s nation-building at gunpoint

Many years ago the British historian and strategist B.H. Liddell Hart pointed out that the object of war should be to produce a "better state of peace." If that is what earns a war a passing grade, then the United States deserves a failing grade for Afghanistan and Iraq.

August 18, 2013 | By Gian Gentile | Viewpoint


Pro: Is Common Core likely to succeed?

WASHINGTON - America's public K-12 education system isn't making the grade.

August 11, 2013 | By Thomas J. Donohue And John Engler McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Is Common Core likely to succeed?

WASHINGTON - Even if you believe that the Common Core standards are high quality, internationally benchmarked and would provide a solid foundation for the American education system, you should be worried about how they are being implemented.

August 11, 2013 | By Michael Q. Mcshane McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Are entitlements pushing US toward bankruptcy?

COLUMBUS, Ohio - During bad economic times, government spending on such programs as unemployment insurance, food stamps and Medicaid will rise, as more Americans lose their jobs and need immediate economic assistance.

August 04, 2013 | By Fred Andrle McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Are entitlements pushing US toward bankruptcy?

WASHINGTON - Any honest assessment of America's entitlement programs recognizes that they're headed for insolvency without modernization and reform. But too many of our leaders refuse to believe it or delay action for their own political interests.

August 04, 2013 | By R. Bruce Josten McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Should the IRS be removed from its health care role?

WASHINGTON - For a law whose admirable goal is to ensure better health care at lower cost for all Americans, the Affordable Care Act has come under remarkably varied and persistent attack.

July 28, 2013 | By William Rice McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Should the IRS be removed from its health care role?

WASHINGTON - The scandal-plagued Internal Revenue Service is "overtaxed" in its new role as the key enforcement agency for Obamacare.

July 28, 2013 | By Tom Miller McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Should Congress end subsidies for wind power?

WASHINGTON - "The thing about money is that when you have it you don't need it and when you need it you don't have it," my grandfather used to tell me. He could have said the same thing about wind power. It's most abundant when demand for energy is lowest and least abundant when demand is highest. No amount of subsidy, no amount of federal or state regulation can change this simple fact.

July 21, 2013 | By David A. Ridenour McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Should Congress end subsidies for wind power?

WASHINGTON - As more and more Americans become aware of the critical need to combat global warming, one of our key weapons literally is blowing in the wind.

July 21, 2013 | By Wayne Madsen McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Can free enterprise boost the economy?

WASHINGTON - After five years of abnormally high unemployment since the Great Recession began, it is strange to hear people with access to major media still claiming that the solution lies in smaller government for America.

July 14, 2013 | By Mark Weisbrot McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Can free enterprise boost the economy?

ADA, Mich. - Free enterprise has been the foundation of America's economy and society for more than 200 years. It's been the platform for unprecedented prosperity, opportunity and advancement for generations. It's the reason our nation remains a beacon of hope for people around the world who wish for a better life.

July 14, 2013 | By Steve Van Andel McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Assimilation fears should not hinder immigration reform

Now that the Senate has passed its immigration bill, the future of reform lies in the hands of the GOP-led House of Representatives, where the debate will center on allowing a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living in this country without legal status.

July 07, 2013 | By Helen B. Marrow and Tomas R. Jimenez McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Con: Are hybrid vehicles still greenest ride?

FREDERICK, Md. - Are we there yet? With summer knocking at the door, many Americans are contemplating an old-fashioned hit-the-open-road summer family driving vacation.

June 30, 2013 | By Allen R. Schaeffer McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Pro: Are hybrid vehicles still greenest ride?

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Modern electric hybrid vehicles have been sold in the United States for more than a decade.

June 29, 2013 | By Michael E. Kraft McClatchy Newspapers | Viewpoint


Supreme Court rules: No one can own a gene

For the last 60 years, we have been learning a new language. Ever since the double-helix structure of DNA was uncovered in 1953, the vocabulary of genetics has been creeping into our lives, becoming over time a full and rich lexicon.

June 23, 2013 | By Jessica Wapner | Viewpoint


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