October 3, 2013 |
HUGO, Okla. - The nation's healthcare law was written with the residents of rural counties like Choctaw in mind. A quarter of the Oklahomans who live in the ranch country near the southeastern corner of the state are uninsured, one of many reasons their health ranks near the bottom of Oklahoma's 77 counties. But that does not mean people here want Obamacare. The state attorney general is leading one of the last state challenges against the law in federal court. The state insurance commissioner issued a sharply worded warning to federally funded "navigators" who are helping people sign up for insurance.
April 21, 2013 |
HELENA, Mont. - Stephen Watt is no stranger to gun violence. In 1982, as a 26-year-old Wyoming state trooper, he stopped a fleeing bank robber who pumped five bullets into Watt before leaving him for dead on an empty stretch of highway. Watt lost his left eye and a good chunk of his liver. He has a bullet lodged in his spine, which still causes pain, and uses crutches and a wheelchair to get around. Despite all that, Watt is a fierce opponent of gun control, convinced it doesn't work.
April 11, 2013 |
The Republican National Committee's Spring gathering is taking place this week at Loews Hollywood. That is not Hollywood, Fla., or Hollywood, S.C., or Hollywood, Ala. - all real towns in really red states - but Hollywood, Calif., the place where Sean Penn, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, George Clooney and the rest of the entertainment industry's liberal horde earn their keep. Like Nixon going to China, the Republicans have entered hostile territory.
January 29, 2013
Re "GOP faces hurdles in changing voting laws," Jan. 27 Republican lawmakers in several swing states want to replace their winner-take-all system of allocating presidential electoral votes with a "proportional" system. Their proposals, however, are not for truly proportional allocation but for winner-take-all divvying by congressional district. As The Times notes, under this system, Mitt Romney would have received nine of Virginia's 13 electors. President Obama, who won 51.2% of the statewide vote, would have had barely 30% of the electors.
November 29, 2012 |
There may be secessionists in all 50 states, but Texas can boast of the biggest cohort of independent-minded (unhinged?) folks who want to cast off the "tyranny" of the federal government and go it alone. Well over 100,000 Texans have signed a petition to the president of the United States requesting that he let the Lone Star State depart from the Union peacefully and amicably. The last time Texas and 10 other states tried this, of course, a rather nasty fight ensued - - the 150th anniversary of which the nation is observing right now. Abraham Lincoln was not keen on letting the slave states go. He sent armies south to bring them back into the fold and that should have settled the issue.
November 22, 2012
Re "Irreconcilable differences," Opinion, Nov. 18 Regarding the recent efforts in some states to petition for secession, people should recall that 150 years ago this was no joking matter. When 11 Southern states tried to secede in 1861, it caused a tragic Civil War in which more than 600,000 lives were lost. President Lincoln dealt severely with those states that tried to secede, and rightly so. The people today who want to follow those treacherous citizens of the 1860s (who didn't like the president then either)