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April 9, 2015
ISSUE | ROOTS OF ISIS Revisionist history A recent letter writer forgot key facts about the ISIS chronology, such as that George W. Bush's invasion of Iraq was the biggest foreign policy blunder in U.S. history, without which there would be no ISIS ("ISIS arose on President Obama's watch," April 2). The invasion destabilized the Middle East and removed the buffer that Iraq was against Iran. Therefore, if Bush had never invaded Iraq, President Obama would never have had to order any withdrawal, and maybe Iran would not be a big problem today.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | BY DOYLE McMANUS
AS YOU LABOR over your tax returns this month, spare a moment of sympathy for the least-loved agency in the federal government: the Internal Revenue Service. Believe it or not, the IRS is becoming something of a model of efficiency among Washington's bureaucracies. It collects more taxes every year than ever before, at lower cost per dollar collected than any time since 1980. It does fewer face-to-face audits, too; most of its enforcement is done by checking electronic data and sending out letters.
NEWS
April 8, 2015
ISSUE | HOLY IMAGES Last Supper cartoon leaves a bad taste Shame on The Inquirer for the Signe Wilkinson cartoon it printed on one of Christianity's holiest days (April 2). To use the Last Supper to make a political point on Holy Thursday was tasteless and insulting. Strange that it appeared the same day as the "Inviting bigotry" editorial. |Annemarie Jannotta, Holland ISSUE | SCHOOL MUSIC Skillful measures As an early-childhood music educator at Rosemont School of the Holy Child, I agree wholeheartedly that musical training at a young age enhances brain development and creates a positive impact on lifelong learning ("Tuning up the wiring in young brains," March 30)
NEWS
April 7, 2015 | BY ANN McFEATTERS
I WOULD LIKE to discuss Hillary Clinton's impending announcement that she is running for president, but, frankly, I am afraid. If I posit that she is ambitious, driven or a lovely grandmother, it will be taken as "coded sexism. " If I say she is brilliant, well-organized and aging beautifully, it will be seen as sycophantic. Folks, we are getting into a new etymological (study of words) quagmire here, and it is sort of scary. How, you ask, will the popular (or not) media handle this?
NEWS
April 7, 2015
ISSUE | POLICE REFORMS Citizens should know the ground rules I would add a section to the recent federal report recommending changes in procedures and training in the Police Department (" 'Significant strife,' " March 24). It would include provisions that we should educate citizens that the police volunteered to protect and serve; that if you want to commit crimes, you should be prepared to be arrested; that if you decide to resist arrest, force will be used to control you; and that if you choose to shoot at officers, they will shoot back.
NEWS
April 6, 2015
ISSUE | INCLUSION Pa. must enact LGBT safeguards The passage of a so-called religious freedom law in Indiana presents Pennsylvania lawmakers with a unique opportunity to proclaim full human rights for all ("Inviting bigotry," April 2). Now is the time for Harrisburg to enact a comprehensive antidiscrimination law that ensures legal protection for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. As a religious leader, my faith calls me to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
NEWS
April 4, 2015
ISSUE | TAX HIKES Council incumbents, stand ground now I am appalled that City Council incumbents running for reelection are not acting on the city budget - especially its proposed 9.34 percent property tax increase - until after the May primary ("Council a no-go on tax boost," April 1). Haven't we given the schools an extra $200 million for the past several years? What are they doing with the money? If they cared about education, they would make use of the stored books and other equipment just going to waste.
NEWS
April 3, 2015
ISSUE | G.I. BENEFITS All welcome in class As a host county to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, we are keenly aware that military personnel must uproot at a moment's notice, and we believe military families should enjoy the privileges of citizenship - no matter how long they live in a location. Gov. Christie, with unanimous bipartisan support from the Legislature, recently signed the New Jersey Tuition Equality for America's Military Act to grant in-state tuition rates at public colleges to veterans, their spouses, and their children.
NEWS
April 3, 2015
IT'S NOT what most people think: a return to some hypothetical "normality," with the ghost of Ronnie Reagan beaming down like a sun-god under his lopsided pompadour, and all the happy self-driving GM cars toodling back and forth from Walmart to home loaded to the scuppers with new electric Pop-Tart warmers and 3-D underwear printers. (Or drone deliveries of same from Amazon.com.) I mean, surely the thinking folk out there must be asking themselves: What is the way out of this Federal Reserve three-card-monte, one-percenter-stuffing, so-called "economy," and what is the destination of this society when that mendacious model for living fails?
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | BY REG HENRY
ONE OF AMERICA'S unacknowledged problems is the national calendar shortage. It is not a general problem but restricted only to a segment of the population, although an influential one. Unfortunately, the calendar-challenged group is composed mostly of Republicans. No doubt some Democrats are also a few calendars short of a load and are similarly living in the past, but recent news indicates where the phenomenon has proliferated. One sign of calendar deficiency is the start of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
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