Obama is right about Cuba

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It’s about time that a United States president had the courage and common sense to end our ridiculous policy toward Cuba. It was a relic of the Cold War, an outdated strategy that accomplished absolutely nothing except to give the Castro brothers an excuse for the dire poverty in which their citizens live. President Obama […]

Torture violates US values

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Blame it on Hollywood. Too many spy movies and post-9/11 television dramas featured a hard-charging protagonist whose mission is to stop the evil-doers by any means necessary. Torture is an oft-used weapon in his arsenal. Just think of “24’s” Jack Bauer, who rarely paused before subjecting a suspect to all manner of brutal and ghastly […]

Eric Garner’s death a crime

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No expressions of sympathy or regret can resurrect Eric Garner, the New York City man killed by police in July. Garner died after an officer placed him in what appears to be a chokehold during an arrest for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, an offense not usually regarded as a capital crime. But, at the very […]