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How was a mailman in a gyrocopter able to pierce the world’s best-protected airspace?

| | Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am | Comments

Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no more molested than the birds who wheel and soar in the breeze.

  • | Posted: Apr 20 2015 - 12:05am

    No woman is depicted on U.S. paper currency. This makes our money a bit exceptional among the banknotes of our international peers, several of which — including Britain, Canada, Australia, Japan and Mexico — have emblazoned paper money with various national heroines’ portraits. In this country, suffragist Susan B. Anthony and the Native American explorer Sacagawea grace little-used dollar coins, but it’s not quite the same. So an Internet movement calling itself “WomenOn20s” has started crowd-sourcing the selection of a proposed female replacement for President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill — to be followed by an actual request for a substitution to President Barack Obama. It might actually come to pass. Obama has expressed broad sympathy with the idea, and he has full legal authority, through the secretary of the Treasury, to order a redesign.

  • | Posted: Apr 20 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — “I have never seen anything like it.”

  • Posted: Apr 20 2015 - 12:05am

    Desecration vs. chance to explore

  • | Posted: Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the government’s reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horne’s raisins.

  • | Posted: Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am

    Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no more molested than the birds who wheel and soar in the breeze.

  • Posted: Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am

    We are told that Hawaii is comprised of many cultures where everybody gets along. I think it would be more accurate to describe Hawaii as a place of many ethnicities where everyone is competing for a piece of a very small pie and trying hard, because of close proximity not to anger the other guy. I know that’s politically incorrect to opine and flies directly in the face of all the propaganda from the Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Hawaii Tourism Authority and virtually all the government agencies who seem to think their livelihood is dependent on that myth.

  • Posted: Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am

    Clarifying a misunderstood statement

  • | Posted: Apr 18 2015 - 12:05am

    We don’t quite share Capitol Hill’s sense of joyful self-congratulation over the Medicare bill that has passed the Senate en route to President Barack Obama’s likely signature. On the plus side, Congress did away with an outmoded and increasingly unrealistic formula for reimbursing doctors that had necessitated time-consuming annual “doc fixes.” And yes, lawmakers achieved this long-postponed reform on a bipartisan, bicameral basis, with the White House on board as well. But the legislation is hardly the hammer blow for fiscal responsibility that supporters claim; in fact, it will add $141 billion to the projected deficit over the next decade because the two parties could not agree on enough offsetting savings elsewhere within Medicare. In short, this one last doc fix shows that Democrats and Republicans can agree to spend more without paying for it: This is not good news, or news at all, really.

  • | Posted: Apr 18 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.

  • Posted: Apr 18 2015 - 12:05am

    Mayor should make a choice

  • | Posted: Apr 17 2015 - 12:05am

    Legislators say they want to clear an obstacle to U.S. prosperity: burdensome regulation of the community banks on which much of small-town America relies. It’s a worthy goal, but Congress isn’t pursuing it the right way.

  • | Posted: Apr 17 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — In the 1980s, Ollie North and Fawn Hall gave us the Iran-contra affair. Now we’re experiencing the Iran-contradiction affair.

  • Posted: Apr 17 2015 - 12:05am

    Why the protest over TMT and not other development?

  • | Posted: Apr 16 2015 - 12:05am

    Isn’t it ironic that those espousing stronger ethics and transparency are often the least ethical and transparent? One of the many promises Barack Obama made while campaigning was to have the most transparent administration ever and yet we’ve been witness to fib after fib for the last six years. And don’t you love the politically correct acronyms for lying; misspoken, misrepresented and misunderstood, etc.?

  • | Posted: Apr 16 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum.