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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 25 2015 - 12:05am

    When he greeted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi at the White House last week, President Barack Obama said the Iraqis and their allies, including the United States, had made “serious progress” in pushing Islamic State out of Iraqi territory. That’s true, but the enemy is far from vanquished either in Iraq or in Syria. The most optimistic outlook is for a campaign that will continue well into next year and perhaps beyond.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.

  • | Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 12:05am

    Let’s see. Republicans and other conservatives said of the Affordable Care Act, when it was just the proposed Affordable Care Act, that it would bankrupt the county, destroy the health care system and run the federal deficit sky high.

  • Posted: Apr 24 2015 - 12:05am

    Mauka Kea: Progress or preservation?

  • Posted: Apr 23 2015 - 12:06am

    Police officer deserves accolades

  • | Posted: Apr 23 2015 - 12:06am

    It seems that every ethnicity has members who span the spectrum of understanding and behavior. I suppose it should not be surprising that it is true of the Hawaiians also. I, too, am a Native Hawaiian and although I share some of the feelings being expressed about Mauna Kea, I cannot condone some of the tactics and expressions being made by those protesting the building of the TMT telescope.

  • | Posted: Apr 23 2015 - 12:05am

    WASHINGTON — Smoking, said King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal treasury until Virginia produced a bumper crop of revolutionaries, including the tobacco farmer George Washington.

  • | Posted: Apr 22 2015 - 12:05am

    Can robots make good Christians? As computer science races ahead, at least one forward-looking Florida pastor sees a future for the faith in whatever passes for a soul in robots, androids, cyborgs and other forms of artificial intelligence.

  • | Posted: Apr 22 2015 - 12:05am

    President Barack Obama’s chances of successfully negotiating a new trade deal between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations have improved dramatically with the announcement of a bipartisan compromise bill that would enable him to submit the proposed pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), to Congress for a straight up-or-down vote. Not surprisingly, this new “fast track” legislation has been denounced by critics, most of them Democrats, who say it traduces Congress’s right to supervise the negotiations.

  • Posted: Apr 22 2015 - 12:05am

    TMT will offer long-term benefits

  • | 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.