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April 21, 2018

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Opinion

Iran vs. Israel: The real next war in Syria
Saturday, April 21, 2018
OPINION:
I’m sure neither side really wants a war. It could be devastating for Israel’s flourishing high-tech economy and for Iran’s already collapsing currency. But Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force seems determined to try to turn Syria into a base from which to pressure Israel, and Israel seems determined to prevent that. And in the past few weeks — for the first time ever — Israel and Iran have begun quietly trading blows directly, not through proxies, in Syria.
Open minds needed to treat addiction
Saturday, April 21, 2018
OPINION:
Due to the stigma of this disease, we tend to write off patients who are struggling, dismissing their challenges as lack of motivation. In no other disease space do we do this: When a diabetes patient is experiencing challenges with insulin, or when a cardiac patient is having trouble with blood pressure medication, we readily provide alternate therapies.
Don’t let kids become addicts
Friday, April 20, 2018
Letter to the editor:
Gaming addiction among children is a dire and growing issue which affects their daily lives and development, and as such must be addressed immediately. Children have access to gaming systems and mobile devices, and often do not have …
Trump’s dots not connecting
Friday, April 20, 2018
Letter to the editor:
In response to an FBI raid on his personal lawyer, our president has declared: “Attorney-client privilege is dead” and called it a Democratic witch hunt. Apparently, in the course of his investigation into Russian meddling in our 2016 election, special counsel Robert Mueller (a Republican, originally appointed as FBI director by George W. Bush) discovered something that appeared to …
How we are blinded to tears in our social fabric
Friday, April 20, 2018
There’s a mountain of evidence suggesting that the quality of our relationships has been in steady decline for decades. In the 1980s, 20 percent of Americans said they were often lonely. Now it’s 40 percent. Suicide rates are now at …
Why Americans should care about North Korea
Friday, April 20, 2018
opinion:
When North Korea dominates U.S. news cycles, the headlines are ominous — a new nuclear weapons test, or a ballistic missile flying into space. Today, however, diplomacy with North Korea has begun. Where this saga goes is anyone’s guess. But there are important reasons why …
Credit to the real fiscal conservatives
Friday, April 20, 2018
By now, nobody should be surprised when the Republican Party violates its claims of fiscal rectitude. Increasing the deficit — through big tax cuts, mostly for the rich — has been the defining feature of the party’s economic policy for decades. When Paul Ryan and other Republicans call themselves fiscal conservatives, they’re basically doing a version of the old Marx Brothers bit …
President keeps hitting new lows
Friday, April 20, 2018
Letter to the editor:
It’s laughable that the man who repeatedly lied in his first year as president wants us to believe he, not former FBI Director James Comey, is telling the truth. He has called Comey “a weak and untruthful slime ball” and a “low life.” This man has degraded …
MLK’s dream rises again
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Fifty years ago, our nation’s capital was in flames. Outrage over the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. erupted in a wave of rioting that left neighborhoods across Washington so damaged they wouldn’t recover for decades. Despite their grief, King’s allies continued to press forward with a major initiative he’d helped launch — a Poor People’s Campaign. Their goal …
EPA downsizing may be positive
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Letter to the editor:
As a first-generation American with a carpenter-father figure, I was taught the value of collective bargaining to ensure fair wages and a safe and healthy work environment. I support that 100 percent. However, I do not support …
Fix the VA, leave health care alone
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Letter to the editor:
My husband served two years active duty as a U.S. Navy firefighter during the Vietnam War. We both received medical care through the VA during that time. Unfortunately …
Tantrum won’t stop FBI probe
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Letter to the editor:
President Donald Trump’s recent statement that “they broke into” the office of one of his private attorneys and that it was an attack “on our country” is a continuation of his constant …
Earth, wind and liars
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Peter Thiel, Facebook investor and Donald Trump supporter, is by all accounts a terrible person. He did, however, come up with one classic line about the disappointments of modern technology: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got …
Only voters can stop Trump
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Keep calm and raise hell. The forces of truth and justice may be closing in on President Donald Trump, but there is no reason to believe they can triumph without massive displays of …
CCSD teachers being neglected
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Letter to the editor:
An April 10 story in the Review-Journal noted that the Clark County School District “has not increased contributions for health care since 2008, aside from a one-time payment in 2016. The district has countered that the union has chosen to …