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Those in anti-vaccine movement need to get their facts straight

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:50 am

Reports of more than 50 current cases of measles in California, including at least 10 in San Diego County, suggest 2015 will be even worse than 2014 on the infectious disease front. Last year, the state saw the most cases of measles in two decades. Public health officials blame a decline in parents having their kids vaccinated that began after a now-thoroughly discredited 1998 British report alleged that common early

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  • Americans should know about civics more than new citizens

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:03 am

    New citizens are expected to know something about civics. Should we expect less of natives? Of course not; we should expect more. Despite that fact, students and adults regularly fail at basic civics knowledge. If test scores aren’t enough to prove that – 71 percent of people in the general population failed a civics test a few years ago – just look at how ignorant folks are in those late-night

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  • Regional cooperation needed after multiple Islamic attacks

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 11:42 am

    France wasn’t the only nation under attack from brutal Islamic extremists this month. A few days before two gunmen slaughtered editors and staff in the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a contingent of Boko Haram fighters armed with grenade launchers and guns swept into a number of northern Nigerian towns and villages and slaughtered their inhabitants, according to witnesses. Boko Haram fighters reportedly killed civilians in and

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  • Ukraine fighting to keep its territory

    Posted on January 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    The trouble in Ukraine continues after a year of bloodshed, with the latest fighting near the already leveled airport of Donetsk. It started with the blow-up of the corrupt government of President Viktor Janukovych, who fled to Russia with nearly $17 billion looted from Ukraine’s treasury. He was succeeded in Kiev by President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Then Russia peeled off Crimea and part of eastern Ukraine,

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  • Tennessee health ranking abysmal

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 11:03 am

    We smoke too much. We weigh too much. We don’t get enough exercise. That, in a nutshell, is a sobering description of the health of most Tennesseans. Our health rankings among the states stink: 45th in overall health, 46th in tobacco use, 47th for obesity and 49th for physical activity. “Forty-five is not just a number,” Tennessee’s Department of Health commissioner said. “If we don’t change, it’s our future.” These

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  • Terrorists achieved the opposite of their goal

    Posted on January 22, 2015 at 11:31 am

    By slaughtering a dozen staff members and contributors of the French satirical, and very coarse, weekly Charlie Hebdo, Islamic extremists thought they were putting an end to the publication they considered blasphemous to their religion — and many others as well. Say what you will about Hebdo, it is an equal and enthusiastic offender. The terrorists achieved the opposite of their aim. At a cost of considerable bloodshed, including their

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  • A fine line between national security and invading privacy

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:06 am

    A controversial government surveillance program is being credited with alerting authorities to an alleged threat to bomb the Capitol and kill government officials. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, is a program that gives the government authority to eavesdrop under certain conditions. It was specifically mentioned by House Speaker John Boehner as being crucial in the apprehension of Christopher Lee Cornell, also known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, a Cincinnati

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