Today's Editorials: Is the Mine Disaster Republicans' Fault?
NYT : Blames the slow response to the Crandall Canyon Mine disaster partly on the Bush administration and other Republican lawmakers. "For too long, the Bush administration and the Republican-controlled Congress allowed mine operators to put off making needed investments to ensure their workers' safety. And last year when a string of coal-mining disasters -- that killed 48 miners -- forced Congress to enact new safety legislation, it still gave companies far too much time to install communications systems that might have helped find the Utah miners".... Argues that if the United States "is to reap the rewards of globalization, the government must provide a more robust safety net to protect vulnerable workers."
WaPo: Writes that four simultaneous truck-bomb explosions in northwestern Iraq on Tuesday should spur all parties in Iraq to work with greater urgency to secure the country. "But recent history offers little basis to bet on such an outcome," the editors lament.... Notes that June was recorded as one of the worst months for airline travelers ever, and argues that some "minimum standards set by Congress for treatment and, especially, information sharing would give passengers a modicum of control and ease their suffering".... Says the FCC should "allow unlicensed use of unused TV band spectrum, when and if the technology is ready."
WSJ: Notes that Sen. Chuck Schumer has devised a "brilliantly devious" scheme to sink a congressional proposal to raise taxes on private equity: "He'll only support such a tax hike if taxes also go up on all such private partnerships." The editors explain that that's "what they call in the Beltway a "poison pill," because the more people the Senate tries to whack with higher taxes, the more opposition it draws".... Argues that opponents of DDT are "only ensuring more misery and death": "Repeated studies have shown DDT to be safe for people and nature when sprayed indoors, yet other supposedly greener pesticides like alphacypermethrin have been touted as viable alternatives. Nevertheless, the latest research shows that DDT continues to be the most effective tool we have, as well as among the cheapest," the editors reason.
By Rob Anderson |
August 16, 2007; 9:19 AM ET
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