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Op-Ed Budget for Thursday, April 18, 2013

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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2013 at 9:58 am •  Published: April 18, 2013
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Op-Ed Budget for Thursday, April 18, 2013

This budget is now available on the Web at http://www.mctdirect.com, with direct links to stories and art. See details at the end of the budget.

^FIGHTING GUN VIOLENCE<

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^GUNCONTROL-EDITORIAL:SJ_

400. MOVED

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^GUNCONTROL-EDITORIAL:TB_

650. MOVED

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^GUNCONTROL-EDITORIAL:LA_

500 . MOVED

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^GUNCONTROL-EDITORIAL:KC_

250. MOVED

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^GUNCONTROL-EDITORIAL:PD_

350. MOVED

^BOSTON BOMBINGS<

^John Kass: Dear CNN: It's OK to say, 'We don't know'<

^KASS-COLUMN:TB_

I'm talking about those infuriating headlines that crawl across the bottom of the screen and tease upcoming news. Some networks run icy white letters in their crawls. Fox runs yellow letters, the color of warning. But I was watching CNN on Wednesday. And that network delivers its crawl on a bed of blazing, ill-omened red.

^Around midday, CNN trumpeted the news that a bombing suspect had been arrested_

1000 by John Kass. MOVED

^In Boston bombing, Muslims hold their breath<

^ABCARIAN-COLUMN:LA_

"Most of the traumas were triaged quickly, thankfully, so from a medical standpoint the hysteria didn't last terribly long," Elnahal said Wednesday after his night shift.

He is shocked and saddened by the tragedy. And like many Muslims, he is also hoping hard that whoever terrorized the Boston Marathon does not share his faith. It's a common refrain among Muslims this week, many of whom have dark memories about the pervasive suspicion and stereotyping that followed the Sept. 11 attacks.

650 by Robin Abcarian. MOVED

^Lane Filler: We should all run Boston next year<

^FILLER-COLUMN:ND_

I'm willing to bet the 2014 running of the nation's oldest and most-revered 26.2-mile footrace will not just break but smash its own record for the number of Americans who apply for a slot. International runners, too, will clamor to be a part of the next race, which will be held on the next Patriots Day, to celebrate the meaning of freedom and the lives stolen and damaged this week.

^Monday, as the carnage unfolded and the news announcers intoned, interspersed with my raging desire to destroy the culprits with my bare hands, was one thought: "_

650 by Lane Filler. MOVED

^MCT FORUM<

^U.S. needs a better disaster plan<

^DISASTER-COMMENTARY:LA_

Natural disasters have become increasingly costly to the United States, both in terms of the toll they take on American communities and in the direct costs of mounting a federal response. The federal government spent about $150 billion on relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and has so far committed about $60 billion for Superstorm Sandy. The best estimate going forward is that the federal government will spend in the neighborhood of $50 billion a year (in constant dollars) on natural disasters, up from less than $10 billion a decade ago.

What accounts for this increase? In the words of environmental geographer Gilbert White, "Floods are acts of God, but flood losses are largely acts of man." Although climate change may be making the occurrence of major storms and floods more frequent, poor planning and bad development decisions are making disasters more expensive.

750 by David R. Conrad, an independent consultant on federal water resources policy, and Edward A. Thomas, president of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. They wrote this for the Los Angeles Times. MOVED

^Taking the 'pulse' of missile defense<

^MISSILES-HERITAGE:MCT_

That's because an EMP is a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy that causes severe current and voltage surges. The result: all electronic devices within the line of sight would be burned out. Cell phones and microwaves would be toast, along with all the other devices we rely on in our daily lives.

How big a line of sight are we talking? A single EMP could, in a flash, shut down the entire power grid and transportation systems over a large region of the country. Tens of millions of Americans would suddenly find themselves in a situation that's not only inconvenient, but life-threatening.

750 by Ed Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation. MOVED

^This Earth Day, let's be on Mother Earth's side <

^EARTHDAY-PROGRESSIVE:MCT_

That's what the U.S. economy relies on right now, and that's how the huge mineral and fossil fuel companies are making their money: extremism.

When they peel off layers of the Earth for oil and make poisonous tar sands, they are acting like extremists.

And when they crack and contaminate aquifers for natural gas, a process known as fracking, they are acting like extremists.

And when they blow off the top of a mountain for coal, or maybe just put an oil well in a pristine ecosystem and drill 20,000 feet down into the depths of our ocean, they are acting like extremists.

It is arrogant, and it is wrong.

And often, American Indians pay the price.

600 by Winona LaDuke, the executive director of Honor the Earth, an American Indian organization that stresses sustainable environmental policies. MOVED

^Hiding hot dogs will save our butts<

^HOTDOGS-COMMENTARY:MCT_

As a dietitian who works with cancer survivors, I propose we start hiding hot dogs from the citizens of the states that have the highest colorectal cancer death rates: West Virginia, Mississippi and Kentucky. It's the first step in protecting Americans from the lethal consequences of consuming processed meats.

550 by Joseph Gonzales, a dietitian for the nonprofit vegan organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. MOVED

^GAY SCOUTS _ PRO AND CON<

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(The writers are addressing the question, "Should the Boy Scouts allow gay members and leaders?")

^Scouts should embrace all Americans<

^BOYSCOUTS-PRO:MCT_

Soon after my election to Congress in 1992 a young scout came up to me at our hometown Butter and Eggs Parade and started a conversation about scouting and how unfairly gay leaders and gay scouts were treated.

This young boy, Steven Cozza, was defending the rights of his troop leader who had been kicked out for being gay. Cozza not only knew why the situation was wrong, he had well thought out and researched solutions and had formed a support group. It was an easy call for me to join the effort and provide help at the federal level.

Believing scouting to be a good experience that all boys should have the opportunity to participate in, I found the Boy Scouts of America's policy of discrimination just plain wrong.

650 by Lynn Woolsey, the president of Americans for Democratic Action. MOVED

^Scouts must defend long-held convictions <

^BOYSCOUTS-CON:MCT_

But now the organization, which has guided millions, may be losing its way. Corporate elites and gay activists are demanding the Scouts drop their long standing prohibition against open homosexuality within the Scouts.

Changing the policy would be a drastic mistake. It would not only dramatically alter the ethos of Scouting, but would undermine the principles of being a Boy Scout.

700 by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. MOVED

^COLUMNS<

^Andres Oppenheimer: Venezuela's Maduro hurts his own case<

^OPPENHEIMER-COLUMN:MI_

850 by Andres Oppenheimer. MOVED

^Doyle McManus: We're safer than we think<

^MCMANUS-COLUMN:LA_

Americans would live in constant fear of the next attack, many pundits predicted. The desire for safety would spawn a security state that would trample constitutional freedoms. The economy would take a long-term hit. American life would never be the same.

Most of those dire predictions didn't come true, of course. The U.S. economy rebounded quickly. Civil liberties came under stress, but fears of a surveillance state weren't realized. Fear hasn't ruled our lives either. Since 2007, more Americans have ranked unemployment as a bigger worry than terrorism. One reason was that it turned out terrorism, despite our fears, wasn't really on the rise.

850 by Doyle McManus. MOVED

^Cathy Young: Criticism of Israel vs. anti-Semitism<

^YOUNG-COLUMN:ND_

Claims of bigotry can indeed stifle frank discussion. But it is also true that the attacks on Israel are exceptionally biased _ a bias all the more disturbing given the history of hatred of the Jews and the recurrence of old anti-Semitic concepts and images in modern anti-Israel rhetoric.

650 by Cathy Young. MOVED

^Carl Leubsdorf: Marco Rubio's powerful lead in reorienting GOP on immigration<

^LEUBSDORF-COLUMN:DA_

Rubio's wholehearted endorsement of the immigration bill unveiled Tuesday by a bipartisan group including him and seven colleagues stands out because of the continuing signs many Republican leaders have yet to get the 2012 election's message that the party needs to moderate some positions.

700 by Carl Leubsdorf . MOVED

ARCHIVE PHOTOS

^EDITORIALS<

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^BOSTONMARATHON-EDITORIAL:BZ_

750. MOVED

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^VENEZUELA-EDITORIAL:MI_

500. MOVED

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