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ROBERT J. GOULD: The fallacious human shield and collateral damage arguments

August 13, 2014

Lady Justice, Justitia, depicted as a blindfolded statue since the 15th century, illustrates John Rawl’s conception of justice as requiring a veil of ignorance (A Theory of Justice, 1971). Such a veil of ignorance means that, in order to be just, we must ignore the differences between people, such as their identity, power or weakness.

ELLEN LINDEEN:An eye for an eye (or 25:1); Is our police, Mr. President?

August 6, 2014

The crisis in Gaza is horrific and the conflict between Israel and Palestine is ongoing. Yet the latest killings seem to be so heinous and out of proportion that the US must consider our part in this. The dominant media narrative is that Hamas kidnapped and killed three Israeli settlers and for that reason, people in the Gaza Strip must be punished.  The not-so-mainstream narrative is that there was no proof that the kidnappings and/or killings were instigated by Hamas, who has denied involvement, when the bombing began.

MARVIN J. FOLKERTSMA: The Great War at 100: Revisiting the Guns of August

August 1, 2014

On August 3, 1914, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey gave a speech before Parliament that “proved to be one of those junctures by which people afterward date events,” according to Barbara Tuchman in her magisterial “The Guns of August.” The dour Secretary appeared “pale, haggard, and worn,” as he dutifully explained “British interests, British honor, and British obligations,” all of which conspired to produce a commitment to defend Belgium against the militarism of the continent’s mightiest power: Imperial Germany.

GLENN MOLLETE: America's backyard war

July 31, 2014

I'm going to pass on trips to Israel for a few weeks. Walking around the Gaza strip looking for some good Arabic food would be crazy right now.

Thousands of Americans each year travel to see the sights of Old Jerusalem and walk in the places where Jesus once walked from the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and any place that a tour bus can travel. I have only been to Israel once and loved every minute of the trip. The places I saw where beautiful and inspirational.

ROBERT F. DODGE: Hiroshima — 69 years later

July 31, 2014

Sixty-nine years ago this Tuesday, the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, killing 80-140 thousand people immediately. Three days later on August 9th, a second U.S. nuclear bomb was dropped over Nagasaki, killing an additional 74,000 people. From that week to the present moment the world has been held hostage to the insane threat and potential annihilation by these weapons that now number in excess of 17,000 worldwide.

GLENN MOLLETE: America's growing nest, time for some to fly out

July 25, 2014

Flying never happens until the bird leaves the nest.
 
President Johnson's Great Society is just over fifty years old. During this very long period America's great society nest has become huge and yet crowded.
 
President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in January 1964. He then needed a poster child for his new campaign and chose my hometown - Inez, Kentucky. The famous TIME Magazine picture of Tom Fletcher and his family sitting on a porch with the President happened about two miles from my boyhood home.
 

STEVEN NG: Do you have insurance on your retirement plan?

July 22, 2014

Do You Have Insurance on Your Retirement Plan?
Financial Planner Shares Tips for Protecting Your Savings
You have insurance on your home, your car, your health. 

How about your retirement plan?
“People have homeowners insurance to protect against fires and floods,” notes independent financial planner Stephen Ng, founder and president of Stephen Ng Financial Group, (www.stephenngfg.com). “They buy insurance to replace their car if it gets wrecked and they buy health insurance to protect themselves from medical costs.

GLENN MOLLETTE: America's poverty, do something about it

July 17, 2014

I've never lived in poverty. However, like most Americans I have known a few tough times. I do know that poverty is not pretty. I've never been around a hungry family that was dancing in joy because of their dire situation. Poverty is hard.
I grew up in Martin County, Kentucky. We were supposed to be the poorest county in the United States in 1964 when President Johnson began his campaign against poverty.

DR. GARY L. WELTON: The VA scandal: Should we expand the federal failure?

July 16, 2014

Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More recent reports, as announced by CNN, indicate that at least seven times in the last year, records that showed that veterans died while waiting for care were altered or rewritten by someone else; the changes listed the veterans as living, not deceased, essentially hiding their deaths.

MARVIN FOLKERTSMA: President Obama's Environmental Purity Agency

July 10, 2014

The rollout of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new draft regulation to limit greenhouse gases was accompanied by a brilliant political cartoon that showed a pair of hapless fellows with automobile mufflers protruding from their mouths, apparently to prevent any renegade CO2 exhalations from polluting the atmosphere with their climate-changing carbon halitosis. Call this part of the agency’s 97 percent solution, based on the frequently made claim that the number represents the percentage of scientists who blame climate change on human activity.

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