Commentary

Medved: A Tragic Toll

A new report from the American Cancer Society highlights the tragic toll of smoking-related cancers: 167,000 deaths in the most recent yearly statistics from tobacco-caused cancer alone, not even including additional smoking-based deaths caused by other lung and circulatory problems.

This means the number of cancer victims who perish due to cigarettes exceeds the number of American murders, suicides, terrorist victims and traffic fatalities combined. Interestingly, the rate of smoking-based cancers varies widely from state to state. In Kentucky, more than a third of all cancer deaths derived from cigarettes, but in Utah the rate was only 16 percent. That encouraging number reflected the ban on tobacco products by the Mormon church. But even without religious strictures, every American family can choose to do more to quit smoking, while discouraging the habit in the younger generation.

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Hewitt: Cast Your Ballot

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So the long slog of the campaign cycle is behind us. And what a campaign it has been. Up to this point—I’m happy to admit—things have not gone the way I predicted. But: I don’t know if anyone could have foreseen the all that we’ve seen this cycle.

This election cycle will be the stuff political lore for generations to come. But today, for me and for you, the challenge is pretty straightforward: It’s time to vote. Don’t watch this as a passing parade.

It’s been dirty and it’s been nasty but we (at least all you eligible voters) are a part of it. Don’t lay your head to rest tonight without having cast your vote, without having played your part. Cast your ballot. From the top of the ticket to your representative in the House to your vote for the Senate (and on down the ballot) your vote is your voice. Get out there and use it. Remind your friends and family to vote as well.

On behalf of the Salem Media Group, thank you.

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Hewitt: A Divisive Election Cycle

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It’s been a divisive election cycle.

But whoever wins between Mr.  Trump and Secretary Clinton, it will be vital—absolutely vital—that the new president face a Senate led by the able and hard-working Mitch McConnell.

McConnell is not on the ballot in Kentucky this year, but his all-important majority leader status is dependent on some “must-win” races:

•    In New Hampshire for incumbent and defense expert Kelly Ayotte;
•    In Pennsylvania for incumbent Pat Toomey. He’s perhaps the hardest-working senator and a defender of core conservative principles, including religious liberty.
•    And in Nevada for Joe Heck. Nevada has an open seat created by the retirement of Harry Reid. Current Congressman Heck is a doctor, a general, supremely qualified and would be a crucial pickup for the GOP.

We urge you to support Republicans.

Those of you looking to invest wisely some contributions in key races should study closely the appeals of Ayotte and Toomey and Heck.

These three matter to all Americans … including you.

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Chen: Consequential Choices for U.S. Congress

Americans have been bombarded with news about this year’s presidential election. And with all of the scandal and all of the attention paid to the contest between Clinton and Trump, it’s easy to forget that there are other consequential choices we will make on November 8.

Indeed, voters should not overlook elections for U.S. Congress.  Whether Clinton or Trump is elected, the House and Senate will play an important role in checking the presidency.

Hillary Clinton has expressed an interest in exercising the power of the presidency broadly and expansively to achieve her liberal policy goals. Without Republican majorities in the House and Senate, a President Clinton would not only be able to use executive action to get her way—but she’d also have a willing Congress to help her press her agenda.

Even if you’re discouraged by our choices for president, as I am, it’s important to go to the polls on November 8 and vote for members of Congress who believe in limited government, individual responsibility, and the promotion of freedom.

 

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Elder: Where Did The Chanting Go?

The same people who—with no evidence—chanted “Bush Lied, People Died” are now ignoring clear evidence of Hillary Clinton’s violation of the Espionage Act which imperiled national security.

In George W. Bush’s case, there was zero evidence of a lie, according to the Robb-Silverman Commission’s investigation.

In Clinton’s case, her violation of the Espionage Act allowed hostile actors to gain access to very sensitive, highly classified information, period.

Now although no criminal prosecution occurred, FBI Director James Comey testified that Secretary Clinton and her colleagues, “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

In her quarter century on the national stage, Mrs. Clinton has left a trail of lies and deception: Whitewater, Travelgate, Servergate and the now the Clinton Foundation.

People should be chanting, “Hillary Lies—Nobody Cares”!

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Gallagher: A Strange Presidential Race

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If you question whether 2016 is a strange Presidential race, consider this.

Hillary Clinton has argued that she’s the more dignified choice for President. Seriously? Donald Trump has been exposed in a number of rude and indefensible moments. But the American people should not be naïve about the shamelessly scandalous Hillary.

In this campaign season alone, the Democrat’s Presidential nominee has skated scott-free on the private email scandal, thanks to a complicit FBI director. She’s never satisfactorily answered for the many miscalculations leading to four American deaths in Benghazi.

Then there’s the Wikileaks.

I could go on and on…

You know, for the right price, I’ll bet I could book that night in the Lincoln bedroom, if the Clintons return to the White House.

I know that Donald Trump hasn’t impressed with his subtlety or restraint this election season, but the suggestion that Hillary possesses the dignity necessary to occupy the Oval Office strikes me as positively surreal.

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Mohler: A Revealing Moment

In the wake of the 3rd presidential debate, The New York Times reported, “Mrs. Clinton won a new round of approval … with her defense of even the late-term procedure denounced by its critics as partial-birth abortion.”

The paper also decried Donald Trump’s description of partial birth abortion, calling it “scare rhetoric.” The truth is that if there were any honest description of what takes place not only in a late-term abortion but in any abortion, it would be dismissed as scare rhetoric, precisely because it is so grotesque.

The Left also alleges that late-term abortion almost never happens. The Guttmacher Institute says “1.3 percent of abortions in the United States occur at 21 weeks of pregnancy or later.” When you consider that more than 1 million abortions were performed in America last year, 1.3 percent is indeed over 10,000 abortions.

Over 10,000 late term abortions per year doesn’t sound rare. It sounds horrifying.

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