Ralph Hostetter

Jul 29, 2011
The president's national numbers look bad, but his polling in battleground states is even worse, and the debt limit standoff hasn't helped him. So writes columnist Josh Kraushaar in the latest edition of The Atlantic magazine. The headline above Kraushaar's article...

May 26, 2011
As of Jan. 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began regulating the emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. About a year earlier, Dec. 8, 2009, the EPA declared that CO2 was a health hazard and therefore a pollutant under the Clean Air Act of...

Mar 11, 2011
Establishing a no-fly zone is substantially more than ordering your adversary to stop flying aircraft and helicopters over his owncountry. Establishing a no-fly zone is a substantial military venture requiring pre-emptive aerial action against your adversary's air assets to...

Mar 4, 2011
Moammar Gadhafi must go. On that there is universal agreement. It is the how and where that remain the problems. No other Mediterranean nation is begging for his transfer to their soil. Unless there is a fairly quick resolution to the problem, a civil war may erupt in...

Feb 25, 2011
Crude oil prices in New York topped $100 per barrel on Wednesday, Feb. 23, up by $2.68 from Tuesday. Brent crude from the North Sea jumped by $5.47 to $111.25 in London. Analysts are predicting that $120 per barrel will push the United States back into a recession. The...

Nov 17, 2010
It should not be surprising in these times of stress, economic frustrations, and questions about the values we place on paper currencies that the subject of gold and its market value should come to the fore. Historically, gold has been accepted as the ultimate currency. In...

Oct 29, 2010
These are the times that try men's souls . . . So wrote Thomas Paine (1737-1809), a British pamphleteer, on the eve of the American Revolution in 1776. Then, for American colonists and now for U.S. citizens, taxation plays an extremely important role. Then the issue was...

Aug 26, 2010
A real debate on taxes is long overdue. An undercurrent of frustration, anxiety, and fear for the nation's economy has been brewing for some time. The tea party movement and other tax protest groups are a manifestation of this concern. A do-nothing Congress, some believe...

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