Monday, May 23, 2005

Roanoke Times weekly editorial roundup

No name-calling this week, but uniformly liberal and anti-Republican.

Sunday, May 15, 2005. Housing maintenance. The Bush administration’s proposed cuts for public housing would be felt in Roanoke – and the feeling would not be good.

Monday, May 16, 2005. Rumsfeld’s military tunnel vision. The defense secretary barrels ahead with a transformation flawed by its failure to heed so many important lessons from Iraq.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005. What really matters for rural Virginia. The expected Democratic and Republican nominees have both pledged to push rural economic development and support education and transportation. But Kilgore especially promises to spend money one minute and cut taxes the next.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005. Another Abu Ghraib scapegoat. The first tier of blame for the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal lies at the top of the Bush adminstration, where foolish assumptions about postwar Iraq and shoddy planning resulted in inadequate forces and young inexperienced, poorly trained guards.

Thursday, May 19, 2005. Assault on the media. The Newsweek furor smacks of a concerted effort to subvert public confidence in one of the nation’s traditional checks on political power; the press.

Friday, May 20, 2005. Rethink the Patriot Act. Congress should devote a more measured, studious approach to providing necessary terrorism-fighting tools without eroding constitutional protections. Instead, the Bush administration appears to be pushing for a dramatic expansion of the already expansive powers contained in the Patriot Act...

Saturday, May 21, 2005. Demand Accountability. The latest account of deadly prisoner abuse in Friday and today’s New York Times should prompt outrage sufficient to demand accountability at the highest levels. As at Abu Ghraib, Army officals are attempting to claim that the incidents are isolated.