October 10, 2012 |
BENGHAZI, Libya - Face down on a roof inside the besieged American diplomatic compound, gunfire and flames crackling around them, the two young Libyan guards watched as several bearded men crept toward the ambassador's residence with semiautomatic weapons and grenades strapped to their chests. "We are finished," one of the guards says he remembers thinking. Both are veterans of the ragtag revolutionary forces that toppled Moammar Kadafi. Over the last year, while assigned by their militia to help protect the U.S. mission in Benghazi, the pair had been drilled by American security personnel in using their weapons, securing entrances, climbing walls and waging hand-to-hand combat.
March 1, 2013
Re “ Glendale schools boost security ,” Feb. 25 This weekend, Glendale will host its annual gun show at the Civic Auditorium, conveniently located near a skate park, schools and opening-day Little League fields. Seems to me if officials want to take steps to make Glendale schools safer, they could start at the heart of the problem, namely by making it more difficult to get more guns and ammo. It's not a lack of security in our schools - it's the guns, this country's addiction to them and fear run amok that are threatening our communities.
June 27, 2012
Re "Locked and loaded for the Olympics," June 25 The Olympic Games are supposed to represent countries coming together with pride and talented athletes and friendly relations with the world community, and yet London is preparing for the 2012 Games with a mass deployment of weapons worthy of wartime peril. It's amazing that for a period of two weeks, people get along with each other, compete fairly and show respect for their peers while the world rejoices at the accomplishments of these dedicated men and women.
February 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who sits at the center of the nation's immigration debate, pushed back Wednesday against congressional demands to tighten border security further before creating a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Napolitano argued that border security had "never been stronger. " She said the Obama administration had deported a record number of people, had increased the number of border agents to a record 21,300 and cut illegal crossings to their lowest levels in 40 years.
September 12, 2013
Re "Testing a new curriculum," Editorial, Sept. 8 National security demands that the U.S. produce the world's top scientists. Why, then, is K-12 achievement in the sciences low compared to many other advanced nations? The reason is simple. As indicated in your fine editorial on standardized testing under the new Common Core curriculum, there is no requirement in federal law for science proficiency testing. Only when there is required testing of students, as there is in English and math, will much more attention be given to science in our schools.
March 11, 2014 |
After twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon killed three people and injured 264, officials have established additional security measures for this spring's race. The changes include a law enforcement presence that will be doubled to more than 3,500 officers. "This year, runners and spectators will see more uniformed police officers on the course and as they approach the course," Kurt Schwartz, director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, told reporters. "And in some areas, the uniformed police officers will be accompanied by bomb-sniffing canines.