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Noted and passed for Sept. 27, 2010

* Sometimes politicians become so accustomed to hearing what they want to hear, they can't comprehend reality. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska lost in the recent Republican primary to Joe Miller, a Tea Party-backed candidate. Murkowski conceded, then announced she'll run as a write-in Republican in the general election. This is a different circumstance than when Joe Lieberman ran as an independent after losing a primary, and we aren't even sure what a "write-in Republican" is. We hope, however, she'll hear the voters loud and clear when they reject her for a second time.

September 27, 2010 | | Editorials

Harry Reid

This week's refusal by the U. S. Senate to repeal the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prohibits gays from openly serving in the military, was just one more example of the partisan bickering that has paralyzed the lawmaking process in this country. Republicans and Democrats couldn't come to an agreement on procedure, and the loser was again the American people. Top military officials, including the secretary of defense and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, favor rescinding the policy, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisted on attaching a number of other ...

September 24, 2010 | C-I editorial | Editorials

Jimmy Carter

One of those doctored photographs is making the round on the Internet these days – circulated by Republicans, no doubt – in which former President Jimmy Carter is shown in a happy mood, saying, "I'm no longer the worse president!" It's a slam at President Obama, of course, but it brings up what is certainly a sore point with the former Georgia governor and president: that many regard him as one of the worst chief executives in history. When many people think of Carter's administration, they remember high interest rates, soaring inflation and the embarrassment of the Iranian hostage ...

September 22, 2010 | | Editorials

Voter discontent

For most of the last 50 years, a curious phenomenon has existed among the American electorate, even when things weren't going well for the country and people. In bad times, people tended to disapprove of the job Congress was doing as a whole, but they didn't blame their own Congressman. That explains the fact that people get elected over and over in Washington. But a recent New York Times/CBS poll shows a dangerous sign for Washington incumbents: the highest proportion of voters in two decades say it's time for their own member of Congress to be ...

September 17, 2010 | C-I editorial | Editorials

Government vs. private business

Most private companies which have a significant number of employees will agree that their abilities will run fairly close to the "bell curve" that college professors often used in the past to assign grades to their students. In that concept. about 10 percent of employees aren't doing as well as they should and must either improve or be terminated; on the other end about the same percentage are the most outstanding workers in the company, those who are leaders and get the most promotions. Between those two extremes are people ranging from below average to average to above average ...

September 01, 2010 | | Editorials

Noted and passed

• When Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush's re-election campaign in 2004 and became chairman of the Republican National Committee, revealed that he is gay, it was pretty much a non-story, which is a good thing. Conservative Republicans are focused on financial issues and the inability of Washington to control spending rather than what's going on behind the doors of private homes. That's reasonable and places focus where it should be; it also indicates increasing tolerance among all Americans.

August 30, 2010 | | Editorials

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