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April 18, 2015

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An appreciative “Well said!” to writers Donald Gregg and David Brooks, and a heartfelt “Thank you!” to the Sun for offering two excellent columns by these authors Wednesday.

Gregg’s sage and thoughtful column “Reaching out to North Korea” provides a sorely needed calm response to both the rhetoric coming out of Pyongyang and the all-too-predictable Washington reaction to date. No one can benefit from another armed conflict on the Korean Peninsula, and the costs would be immeasurable. President Barack Obama has an unusually rare opportunity here to, first, defuse the current situation by offering direct talks with Kim Jong Un and, second, by initiating direct diplomacy, perhaps even breaking the long-term stalemate that has hung over Korea and the adjoining world since 1953. Let’s take the chance!

Similarly, Brooks’ “Celebrating a shackle on civil liberties” provides unusual insight and a refreshing perspective from which to consider the gay marriage debate now before the Supreme Court. Rarely have I found an Edmund Burke quote so aptly applied. But the ramifications of Brooks’ thinking go far beyond this one volatile issue and present a very reasonable platform from which to view the ongoing tug-of-war between personal freedom and personal responsibility.

By printing these articles, the Sun provides excellent direct commentary on two immediate issues of long-term import but simultaneously offers material inviting application of similar rationales to countless related arenas.

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  1. President Reagan was right about missile defense and the need to deploy and strengthen the ICBM. Bush was too. President Obama reversed that policy and took a different tact starting in January 2009 and right up until June 2012 when he "promised" the Russian Prime Minister Medvedev that he would have more flexibility in his second term to reduce interceptors in Europe. That Admin policy reversed on a Friday afternoon several weeks ago when the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said 14 interceptors would be added in the next 4 years to the West Coast, Hawaii and Alaska with more planned. Why the change? North Korea nuclear test missile launches. The President's ICBM policy change received little if any mainstream media reporting.

    Carmine D

  2. of the reasons that I moved back to the NW was that both Washington and Oregon provide for "death with dignity" or whatever you want to call it. As I live in a very rural are I'm personally hoping for the massive heart attack/coyote feast means of exit but with my luck it will be the stroke, then nibbled to death by cats annoyed at not being fed regularly.

  3. Like Alex L. Heindl I'm thankful for the fair, honest, philosophical, timely articles, editorials, and cartoons that the Sun publishes.

    I don't spend much time online. However, frequent trips have given me an opportunity to read many other print newspapers. The Sun's op-ed section is first-rate.

    I haven't seen online comments printed in any other newspapers. The Sun's "excerpts" have sparked my curiosity to go online for "the rest of" the comments.

    I have had some letters to the editor published. Only a few letters can be published every day, and the Sun's policy has been to wait for about three weeks before printing something from the same writer. It's a wonder to me to have unlimited, "guaranteed" online commenting!