When you look at America’s transportation network broadly, there can be little doubt that getting government out of the passenger train business would likely improve safety.
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At first blush, privatizing Amtrak and bringing free-market efficiency to this shabby, inefficiently run wreck of a railroad seems like a bright idea.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears close to its end. Earlier this month, Liberia was declared Ebola-free, and the World Health Organization reported only seven cases in Guinea and two in Sierra Leone in the first week of May. What’s received less notice is that the older and more persistent infectious scourges of Guinea worm and polio are also both disappearing — and may soon follow smallpox (eradicated 35 years ago) into the burn bag of history. Other infections, including measles and malaria, may follow.
I’m a little bit ashamed to admit it, but when I heard that nine members of outlaw bike gangs had been killed and 18 more wounded in a shootout Sunday in Texas, my initial response was, “Hunh … whatever.”
Dave Granlund cartoon on Hillary Clinton.
Every day, more than 3.2 million professional truck drivers take to the road to meet our nation’s biggest and smallest freight needs. Day in and day out, they consistently deliver the goods we need today and rely on for tomorrow: food on our tables, medicine for our families and supplies for our nation’s military.
Joe Liccar cartoon on Hillary Clinton.
As her campaign for the presidency kicked off, Hillary Clinton managed to go 27 days without answering a question from the press. On Tuesday, she broke that streak. Here are a few questions reporters might want to ask the next time she decides to give her prospective subjects an opportunity to get unscripted answers from her.
Dave Granlund cartoon on David Letterman.
The 2016 presidential race took an unexpected turn last week. Jeb Bush took an agonizingly long time to get to the obvious answer on Iraq: “Here’s the deal: If we’re all supposed to answer hypothetical questions — knowing what we know now, what would you have done — I would have not engaged. I would not have gone into Iraq.” Even the answer suggested a lack of understanding about the rules of the game in 2015 — “if we’re all supposed to answer hypothetical questions.” Of course, you are all supposed to, especially the one candidate who is trying to assert he will be his “own man.”