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July 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Rewarding teachers: The key difference from the military is motivation

At the end of his guest column, Dick Dickinson asks: If military instructors maintain such a high morale while also educating their personnel effectively, why can’t civilian educators do the same? [“Reward teachers like military officers,” Opinion, July 17]. The answer is simple: Military personnel want to be there. They are all motivated, because they signed…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: Dan Magill, Dick Dickinson, education

June 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Iraq: Military-industrial complex perpetuates war

Again we’re on the verge of throwing money into a never-ending war in Iraq [“US open to talks with Iran over Iraq,” Nation & World, June 16]. How quickly Congress and our president jump when our industrial-military complex leaders say “jump.” After all, how best to keep your job when you continually perpetrate…

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Comments | More in Iraq war | Topics: iraq, Matthew Nadler, military

June 14, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Iraq: Wait, don’t do something stupid

“Don’t just stand there, do something stupid.” That seems to be the consensus advice of opinion makers to President Obama [“Obama sets high bar for US military action in Iraq,” Nation & World, June 13]. And, yes, the second comma is missing on purpose. Most of the actions suggested by these opinion-makers are indeed demonstrably stupid….

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Comments | More in Iraq war | Topics: foreign policy, iraq, military

September 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Change begins at home “This is not a world we should accept,” exclaims President Obama from the front-page headline. [“‘This is not a world we should accept,’” page one, Sept. 11.] Yes, we should not accept chemical warfare. By the same token, we also should not accept diplomacy through destruction and death. We should not accept blasting…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bombs, chemical weapons, Drones

September 12, 2013 at 7:02 PM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Exhibit democracy We should recognize the opportunity the United States has to set a positive example for many countries in the Middle East by expressing our popular will on the decision to bomb Syria over their use of chemical weapons. [“Syrians plead their case for, against U.S. military strikes,” page one, Sept. 9.] The Arab Spring…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: bomb, chemical weapons, democracy

September 10, 2013 at 6:54 AM

U.S. military involvement in Syria

Stay home As a country, we don’t have the resources or the will to enter into a conflict with Syria. [“Syrians plead their case for, against U.S. military strikes,” page one, Sept. 9.] We are not the world’s policemen. We are being sucked into a mess, and our less-than-presidential president has put us there. What little is…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, bashar assad, economy

September 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

Congress: Act quickly To those who represent the people of Washington state in the House and Senate: When you reconvene on Sept. 9, you have an important task at hand. President Obama has delayed action in Syria in order to seek your approval. [“Obama tosses gauntlet to Congress,” page one, Sept. 1.] While I hope that…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, military, Politics | Topics: chemical weapons, crisis, kerry

August 30, 2013 at 7:22 AM

U.S. involvement in Syria

An internal matter I could not have said it better myself: “Let others punish Syria.” [“Editorial: Let others punish Syria,” Opinion, Aug. 29.] Your view is cogent and compelling. Events in Syria are repugnant and horrific. But it’s an internal matter, and none of our business. I am sorry, I am appalled, but I’m not interested in…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, military, Politics | Topics: middle east, military, syria

August 29, 2013 at 7:37 AM

War crimes in Syria

Follow legal procedure Please urge President Barack Obama to respond to the war crimes in Syria through the lawful channels of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. [“U.S. preparing evidence trail of chemical attack in Syria,” page one, Aug. 28.] We should also use this as an occasion to propose the strengthening of the…

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Comments | More in Foreign policy, Politics | Topics: crimes, foreign policy, military

August 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Robert Bales faces survivors of his rampage

Justice for victims I am sickened, and ashamed, that we are seeing this murderer trying to get a lesser sentence for the murder of 16 unarmed people, including women and children. [“Bales faces survivors of his Afghan rampage,” page one, Aug. 21.] Looking at his smug face, knowing that there is a tape of him laughing about…

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Comments | More in Middle East, military, Politics | Topics: Afghanistan, killing, military

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