Too many of President Obama's appointees believe that regulation means the elimination of an industry. Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson was a fine example of this.
Appointments need Senate approval, which means the nation needs its moderate Democratic senators like Joe Manchin to speak up in opposition to these extremists.
THE entire world - not just Western nations - is aging so fast that this could cripple many governments, a study by the United Nations found.
"Perhaps surprisingly, the report shows that the fastest aging countries are developing ones, such as Jordan, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Vietnam, where the number of older people will more than triple by 2050," the Associated Press reported.
This reflects a halving of the birth rate and a halving of the annual death rate, which means people are living longer and having fewer babies.
Birth control, cleaner water, fewer accidents and fewer wars all contribute to this "problem," which will mean a smaller portion of the population in its working years will have to support a growing portion made up of retirees.
As their economies grow and their populations age, Jordan, Laos, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Vietnam need to learn from the mistakes of the United States and other nations and not over-promise Social Security and other programs that aid the elderly.
THE Boys to Men and Sister to Sister programs help police officers mentor youth. Last week, Cpl. Errol Randle gave a group of children in these programs a short course on firearms at police headquarters.
The department's Project Gun Safe Youth Enrichment Initiative helps kids identify dangerous weapons and instructs them on how to react.
Gun safety begins with knowing what guns are and what to do if one encounters one.