What Others Are Saying

February 13, 2007

Scholars will likely trek to Southern Methodist University - the anticipated home of the Bush presidential library - to study far more than one administration. They will be researching the early 21st century.

To be forced to work with an incomplete archive would undercut understanding of the complexities of 9/11, the war on terror and a changing world order. Yet President Bush has allowed for that possibility with his executive order that permits presidents and their heirs to keep White House papers secret. ...

Archivists across the country have called upon SMU to reject the library unless the Bush order is rescinded. And the university's own history department has expressed opposition to his policy. While we encourage SMU to take a similar stance in support of openness, the responsibility here does not rest with the school.

Mr. Bush signed the order and now should repeal it. Ensuring that the presidential record is complete will enhance both his library and our appreciation for the challenges he faced.

- The Dallas Morning News

China, which is preparing to celebrate the Year of the Pig, is having an internal debate as to when and where it's OK to use the image of a pig as part of the celebrations. Animated or cartoon pigs are allowed in some cases, but images of real pigs are verboten. The government says the partial piggy ban is in effect out of respect for China's 20 million Muslims. ...

The porcine image, though, is screamingly appropriate for China these days.

China, second only to the U.S. in terms of carbon emissions, said this week that developed countries with high per capita emissions should be the ones responsible for dealing with global warming. While we're all for taking responsibility for our part of the mess, we don't think the Chinese government ought to give itself a pass on doing the same just because the country's per capita emissions are lower than the global average. That'll happen when you have a population of 1.3 billion. According to the Financial Times, about 90 percent of the country's new power plants are powered by coal.

Regardless of which images it uses to celebrate its new year, China sounds mighty piggy to us. And trust us, we know how to oink-oink.

- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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