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Editorial

  • Congress once again steps up to the plate in a useless attempt to play ball

    For the second time in three years, baseball will have a day of reckoning before Congress as steroid use in the game is investigated.

    You'd think this country's lawmakers could find something better to do with their time.

  • The digital television transition

    In a little over a year, television broadcasters will stop broadcasting their signal in analog format and will broadcast only in digital format. This transition from analog to digital, known as the Digital TV (DTV) transition, will take place on February 17, 2009 and will bring new opportunities and innovative services to all consumers. The potential for more channels, better picture clarity, and greater consumer interaction are what make digital television such an exciting technology.

  • Coupons for digital TV converter boxes available

    Beginning February 18, 2009, anyone who does not own a digital television set and still gets programming via over-the-air antennas will no longer be able to receive a picture without a converter box. That is the day that the television industry completes its transition from old style analog broadcasting to digital. Viewers who have cable service or have satellite dish TV reception will not need a converter box.

  • Let the races begin

    This year could prove to be one of the most interesting ? and important ? presidential campaign seasons in some time.

    On both sides of the major party tickets, the races appear to be up in the air. For the first time since 1928, both parties enter the nomination process without a sitting president or vice president in the running. What happens in the next six weeks of primaries and caucuses will set the stage for what could be a contentious election, once the major candidates are set.

    Let the races begin.

  • What Ron Paul gets right

    The words were spoken in 1961, when a popular two-term president was leaving office. Dwight Eisenhower had seen war up close, and had also personally witnessed some of the evil by-products of war. He saw the victims in the Nazi death camps when they were freed by his troops.

  • Peace in the Middle East

    Just a few weeks ago, President Bush and Secretary of State Rice hosted an international conference at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The conference focused on supporting the efforts of Israeli Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Abbas on their road to peace.

  • Do-Not-Call Registry to be made permanent

    After months of posturing by the Democrat leadership in the House of Representatives over the future of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), the simple legislation to extend the existing program was agreed to on a vote of 411-to-three. This extension does not include an increase in taxes that some had advocated in order to extend the SCHIP program to those making up to $61,000 and to make it easier for recent immigrants and illegals to access the SCHIP program.

  • A coronation stumble?

    We'll find out tomorrow whether the "Democratic" Party's establishment will regret the party's heavily front-loaded primary and caucus schedule.

  • Saying goodbye to 2007

    This is the paper's last edition of the year, and in a few days we will march uncertainly, but hopefully, into 2008. Some reflections on the year almost past would seem to be in order.

    • First, I'd like to offer some thanks to the Bulletin itself. One, for continuing to allow me the privilege of writing this column. Two, for the October publication of "Bedford's Journey: Then and Now." This historical supplement was very well done, and is a tribute to everyone who worked on it.

  • Republicans can rise again

    Christmas is over and Congress will soon reconvene. Senator Larry Craig will be back in Washington and airport men's rooms will once again be safe.

    Craig, and another Senator, Mitch McConnell, represent serious problems that the Republican Party has. It was more than the Iraq War that caused Republicans to lose control of both houses of Congress in 2006.