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Guest editorial | Life insurance: Terrorist’s victims or family – who gets the money?

The following editorial appeared in the New Castle News, a CNHI newspaper. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Tribune-Democrat.

Should the family of a mass murderer profit from his dark deed?

Common sense would say no. So does Aaron Bernstine.

Last week, the state representative introduced a bill that would limit life insurance payouts of individuals who die committing acts of terrorism. The proposal also calls for a portion of the terrorist’s life insurance benefits to be redirected to victims.

“We shouldn’t allow terrorism to be rewarded,” Bernstine said in a news release, adding, “To me, it’s a no-brainer that victims and their families are the ones who should be getting that money.”

It’s hard to argue with that thinking, and certainly, Bernstine is not the first to suggest it.

In a December 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife,

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Guest editorial: To catch mass killer, focus on fentanyl shipments

With people across the country dying at the rate of 53 a day from overdoses of fentanyl and similar compounds – now the leading killers in the opioid epidemic – efforts to stop this scourge ought to come from every corner of the federal government.

But even as President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, some agencies have failed to act as if it is one.

Just last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama administration policy on marijuana, signaling that the Justice Department may prosecute people selling or using the drug. Regardless of your views on marijuana, deploying limited federal resources to prosecute pot cases amid a raging opioid epidemic is like telling firefighters to inspect smoke detector batteries in one home while the house next door is engulfed in flames.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service could be doing more to intercept packages of illicit fentanyl coming

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Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:

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The Decatur (Alabama) Daily on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and marijuana:

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The U.S. is in the middle of an opioid epidemic.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2014 to 2015, overdose-related deaths from one opioid alone, heroin, increased by 20.6 percent, with nearly 13,000 people dying in 2015.

Meanwhile, there remain no known marijuana overdose deaths, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and studies have found states that have legalized marijuana have seen a decrease in opioid-related deaths.

So, of course, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided to ramp up the fight against — legal marijuana.

On Thursday, Sessions rescinded the Obama administration’s relatively hands-off policy toward states that have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use. Federal

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Editorial: To catch mass killer, focus on fentanyl shipments

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The divide over the overdose antidote naloxone between sheriffs in two Ohio counties shows how elusive solutions are on the front lines of the U.S. opioid crisis. (Dec. 18)
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With people across the country dying at the rate of 53 a day from overdoses of fentanyl and similar compounds — now the leading killers in the opioid epidemic — efforts to stop this scourge ought to come from every corner of the federal government.

But even as President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency, some agencies have failed to act as if it is one.

Just last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama administration policy on marijuana, signaling that the

Read more at: http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/opinion/2018/01/09/catch-mass-killer-focus-fentanyl-shipments/1012196001/

Stalin series shows moral questions aren’t new (Editorial)

The History Channel has been running a series, “World War II Confidential” that should be required viewing for those who think moral compromise on foreign policy was invented by Richard Nixon or Donald Trump.

The well-sourced, behind-the-scenes series is more than just a re-creation of old war footage. It describes the dilemma facing Allied leaders who needed to work with Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin in order to defeat the Nazis, but who knew they were aiding, empowering and cooperating with a ruthless killer.

In 1940, Stalin signed orders authorizing the execution of more than 20,000 Polish officers and citizens, a tragedy known as the Katyn Massacre. The Russian government did not acknowledge this mass murder until 50 years later.

As World War II progressed, however, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt became aware of the slaughter. So did Polish freedom fighters in exile of the Nazis who had

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Editorial: It’s necessary for Masconomet to prepare for mass shooting

In introducing the concepts of active-shooter training during a parent information session Monday night at Masconomet, Steven Burt said, “You really hope to God we would never have to employ these tactics.” But, the school district’s director of security said, the time has come to be prepared.

In introducing the concepts of active-shooter training during a parent information session Monday night at Masconomet, Steven Burt said, “You really hope to God we would never have to employ these tactics.” But, the school district’s director of security said, the time has come to be prepared.

Masconomet has begun the process of training staff and students in ALICE, a program designed to give people the confidence to make decisions on the spot in life-threatening situations, including one in which someone comes into the school with a weapon. The acronym stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The program is a marked

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Sarah Palin sues New York Times for defamation over editorial on mass shooting


Sarah Palin walks on the sideline before an NFL football game in Seattle in December. (Scott Eklund/AP)

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Times Tuesday, claiming the newspaper falsely linked her to the 2011 mass shooting in Arizona that wounded then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York, says a Times editorial earlier this month “falsely stated as a matter of fact” that Palin had incited the attack, in which a gunman shot 19 people, killing six of them.

The Times published the editorial on June 14, shortly after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball field in Alexandria, injuring Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and several others. Drawing a parallel to the Arizona shooting, the newspaper’s editorial board wrote that both attacks fit a “sickeningly familiar pattern” and that the “link to political incitement was

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Palin suing New York Times over editorial on mass shooting

Sarah Palin on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against The New York Times alleging defamation over an editorial that linked the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) to an ad circulated by the former Alaska governor that put Democratic districts in crosshairs.

A court filing reported Tuesday by the New York Post and CNN shows that Palin is alleging that the newspaper falsely accused her of “inciting a mass shooting at a political event in January 2011.” The former GOP vice presidential nominee accuses the paper of printing a claim that it “knew to be false.”

In an editorial published June 14, the Times said that Palin’s political action committee (PAC) released an ad that depicted Democratic lawmakers’s faces under crosshairs. In reality, the ad depicted

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Palin suing New York Times over editorial on mass shooting | TheHill

Sarah Palin on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against The New York Times, alleging defamation over an editorial that linked the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) to an ad circulated by the former Alaska governor that put Democratic districts in crosshairs.

A court filing reported Tuesday by the New York Post and CNN shows that Palin is alleging that the newspaper falsely accused her of “inciting a mass shooting at a political event in January 2011.” The former GOP vice presidential nominee accuses the paper of printing a claim that it “knew to be false.”

In an editorial published June 14, the Times said that Palin’s political action committee (PAC) released an ad that depicted Democratic lawmakers’ faces under crosshairs. In reality, the ad depicted

Read more at: http://thehill.com/homenews/news/339774-palin-suing-new-york-times-over-editorial-on-mass-shooting