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Linda Chavez: Candidates' silence on immigration is a positive sign

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
One of the surprising and welcome shifts in the political landscape this election cycle is that high-profile Republican candidates, by and large, have not made opposition to immigration reform a major focus of their campaigns.

Froma Harrop: Quarantine is a small price to pay for public's safety

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
No, it was not OK that Dr. Craig Spencer ran around New York City upon his return from treating Ebola patients in Guinea.

Joe Conason: No, Gov. Christie, minimum wage doesn't hurt economy

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
If there is any upside to the constant blabber from a politician such as Chris Christie, it is that he blurts out what others like him would never say in public -- for instance, his recent remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Andrew P. Napolitano: Obama administration trampling First Amendment

Monday, Oct. 27, 2014
Last week, the federal government's National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science -- encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities -- announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media.

Reform Redistricting Good; Compulsory Vote Better

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Nothing better illustrates the widespread public disaffection with our political system than our abysmally low voter turnout.

Overkill in more ways than one?

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
When the “Curious ‘loophole’ ” piece about DOT spraying roadsides with toxic chemicals appeared in The Gazette on Sept. 7, the usual responses were expected — from the environmentalist choir agreeing with the subject, and the economic boosters who advocate using every last resource dismissing the subject as the hysterical ravings of an idealist.

Richard Cohen: For the legendary Ben Bradlee, the story was everything

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Ben Bradlee would not have liked me to say so, but he was the living refutation of the Declaration of Independence: All men are not created equal.

Linda Chavez: Americans have bigger things to fear than Ebola virus

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
It's time to take a deep breath. Ebola is an awful disease that has tragically infected a handful of Americans.

E.J. Dionne: Working class dissatisfaction is a threat to Democrats

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn is giving Republicans a real scare in a Senate race the GOP thought it had put away. Some of her new momentum comes from a sustained attack on David Perdue, her businessman foe, for his work shipping American jobs overseas.

Guest Column: Terminally ill don't have to die in pain, give up autonomy

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
Those close to death have options other than assisted suicide

Joe Conason: Let Obama, CDC deal with Ebola free of partisanship

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
If the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind, then even the possibility of infection with Ebola should do the same -- for all of us.

Charles Krauthammer: Ebola fight requires balance between freedom, security

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
Unnervingly, the U.S. public health services remain steps behind the Ebola virus. Contact tracing is what we do, Centers for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden assured the nation.

Truckers already pay enough to use roads

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
This is in response to the recent opinions by Mark Scribner (“Tolls better than gas taxes; make truckers pay fair share”) and Gabriel Roth (“Get the federal government out of highway development”), who want to remove federal control of the Highway Trust Fund and allow states to collect tolls.

Old rail line would be better bypass to Wal-Mart center

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
The building of a Wal-Mart distribution center in Johnstown, several miles from the nearest Thruway exit — causing an estimated 1,700 heavy trucks to pass through the village of Fonda daily causing traffic, noise, dust and infrastructure damage — was a mistake. Now Fulton County, where the distribution center is located, wants to fix the problem by creating a bypass that would take truck traffic around Fonda.

Zaude Kaufman: Beware those controlling what speech is 'appropriate'

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
George Orwell was right: "Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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