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


News Tribune, Jefferson City, Mo.

Arming teachers to respond to deadly attacks is an unsettling concept.


Gov. Jay Nixon on July 14 vetoed legislation that would permit educators who specifically are trained for armed response to carry concealed weapons.


Supporters of the bill contend students’ lives could be saved by the more rapid response offered by trained, armed teachers. We have no quarrel with that theory. But theory does not necessarily translate effectively into the reality of an adrenalin-fueled, bloody gun battle.


Teachers are trained to educate. Even if teachers have background and experience handling firearms, can and should they be placed in situations where they must make life-and-death decisions?


Their job is teaching, and teaching must not and should not place them in a position where they must ask themselves if this is the moment when they will kill another human being.


The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

Dying in the digital age means leaving two worlds instead of one.


One is the physical world, where your body resides. The other is the online world, where your virtual self exists. When you die, your loved ones become responsible for both – yet they have very few tools to take proper care of the online “you.”


This is a growing problem nationally and in Oregon. Last week, a leading group of lawyers recommended that states adopt several proposals to make it easier for surviving family members and executors of estates to gain access to digital assets when you die. This group, known as the Uniform Law Commission, says electronic documents should be treated much like paper documents in a file cabinet. In most cases, a surviving loved one or executor should get easy access without having to petition a judge or jump through months of hoops.


Digital privacy is emerging as a hot topic for the 2015 legislative session, and dealing with the digital assets of a deceased person is likely to be part of the mix. Oregonians may find themselves debating surreal questions such as: How can we keep a virtual self out of legal purgatory? How should we define a good digital death?


This would have sounded like gibberish five years ago. Now, it’s a natural extension of living with our heads – and a good part of our souls – in the digital cloud.


The Moscow Times

Over the past several months, we have witnessed an almost major collapse in bilateral relations between Russia and the U.S., seemingly throwing to the wind more than 20 years of modest but quantifiable rapprochement.


The Nobel Committee, which will award the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize in October, should look closely at the contribution each candidate makes toward the easing of tensions between Russia and the West when choosing this year’s winner.


One candidate in particular has contributed more toward these ends than any other nominee: the International Space Station partnership.


This partnership represents the largest international collaborative project ever undertaken during peacetime. Space agencies have so far refused to allow political currents to interfere with the International Space Station program.


The crisis in Ukraine, however, has thrown the future of the program into question.


Ending Russian participation in the ISS could easily lead to a return to Cold War enmity ... It would also wreck one of the few examples of major international cooperation as governments burn bridge after bridge in the Ukrainian crisis.


The ISS shows that it is possible to overlook political differences and work together toward a truly global and uplifting goal: creating the framework for the human race to continue its push beyond Earth’s orbit.


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