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Washington keeps up war on reporters

Washington’s war on the press took another unsettling turn this summer. It took a couple of months for the story to crack the news, but we now have an even clearer picture of how easy it is for authorities to trample the constitutional protections provided to journalists, to say nothing of the Fourth Amendment rights enjoyed by all Americans.

Healthcare.gov exchange failing by design

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius went to Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field last week to promote Obamacare. As reported by Triblive.com, Ms. Sebelius was joined by Steelers chairman Dan Rooney in a conference room to educate attendees about the health care law and to promote enrollment.

ObamaCare will tighten doctor pools

President Barack Obama's 2009 guarantee was emphatic. "We will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period."

Fracking economy

The economic recovery is not much of a recovery at all. Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that real GDP for the second quarter was a less-than-robust 1.7 percent. If not for the energy sector — specifically the shale revolution bolstered by the massive success of fracking — those numbers would be dismal.

Workplace violence?

The president of the United States loves to dance around the English language to make everybody feel better — even this country's enemies. With the military trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan underway, it's become much more evident that such sashaying comes at a real cost to those who have lost their lives or been injured at the hands of terrorism.

Ripple effect of pension padding

The city of Vernon, Calif., has a big problem, brought on by the California Public Employees' Retirement System. And depending on how a lawsuit against that city goes, the tiny ripple on the map that represents Vernon could become a nationwide public pension tidal wave.

Healthy dose of optimism

We have reason to be optimistic in our corner of Jefferson County. Both White Hall and Redfield gained population in the 2000 U.S. Census count. No other incorporated community could claim population gains.

Putting the genie back in the bottle

We once knew a prosecuting attorney who would purposely introduce improper evidence in a criminal trial, knowing in advance the presiding trial judge would admonish the jury to disregard the comment or evidence. The prosecutor's tactic was simple: "You can chase the skunk out of the courtroom, but the odor still remains."

Honors are well deserved

Individuals who have made White Hall a better community in which to call home were honored last week as good neighbors. Volunteerism and excellence were cited repeatedly when the White Hall Chamber of Commerce presented community service awards to nine individuals at the organization's annual awards banquet.

Experience does count

Public safety — police and fire services — are two major selling points for selling White Hall as a good place to call home. Both the police and fire departments provide vital protection.