Editorial voices from elsewhere

June 20, 2014

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad as compiled by the Associated Press:

The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah

America needs immigration reform. Polls show a large majority of Americans want immigration reform.

That reform, to be worthy of the name, must include a clear path to citizenship – or, at the very least, legal status – for the more than 11 million human beings who now live in this country without benefit of proper paperwork. A recent Pew Research Center poll puts the number of Americans who favor a path to full citizenship at 76 percent.

But because he was considered insufficiently hostile to just that kind of reform, the second-ranking member of the U.S. House of Representatives was thrown out of office by a handful of voters in Virginia.

Rep. Eric Cantor, House majority leader and widely considered the heir apparent to Speaker John Boehner, lost his primary election to a hitherto unknown economics professor who overcame the incumbent’s huge advantage in money and name recognition by accusing him of, among other things, being in favor of “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants.

It wasn’t true. If anything, Cantor bore a lot of the credit – or blame – for bottling up the Senate-passed immigration reform bill that includes a path to citizenship. That bill had a lot of bipartisan support.

But that wasn’t any deterrent to the right wing echo chamber and its talk radio ringmasters whose screeching helped get Cantor bounced.

Immigration is one of those issues where a vast majority, who favor one path of action but don’t feel vehemently about it, lose out to a much smaller, but more vocal, fringe.

That fringe ended one political career in Virginia. Making sure they don’t go next now becomes the priority of other Republicans.

The Daily Reflector, Greenville, N.C.

A disease once on its way to oblivion apparently is on the rise – and headed this way, say health officials locally and nationwide. So forget rumors you might have heard about vaccinations and make sure you and your children have had one.

That’s the message coming this week from health officials about a resurgence in cases of measles nationwide.

The Centers for Disease Control reported this month that measles has reached a 20-year high, and a big reason for the increase is a decrease in the number of people being vaccinated, especially children.

Vigilance and awareness are in order to head it off, and it’s certainly not too soon to vaccinate any who need protection from this unwanted visitor from the past.

Let’s just hope it’s not too late.

New Straits Times, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lost 100 days ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s whereabouts remain a huge mystery with no indication of being solved any time soon.

Desperate for closure, the loved ones of the missing jetliner last heard from over the South China Sea are left utterly confused, resentful and, of course, thoroughly saddened.

Confused, because of the many conspiracy theories concocted and the conflicting early reports of sightings as far away as the Maldives airspace.

Resentful, because they felt cheated of information and then were suddenly faced with the declaration that the plane had indeed crashed in the depths of the southern Indian Ocean.

Saddened is but a natural consequence of that announcement.

Yet, that end is bereft of certainty because concrete evidence is absent and the search of the area only raised more questions.

Now, after 100 days, the prime minister can only reiterate that he will refuse to surrender until the jet, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, is found.



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