Cross Country: Leaving Iraq, Engaging Iran

More opinions pieces from other papers across the nation:

The Miami Herald argues that the concessions President Bush made on U.S. policy in Iraq last week could “mark the beginning of the end of U.S. military involvement there.” The editors write: “Bowing to reality, the president for the first time signaled a willingness to accept benchmarks as a way to measure progress, or the lack of it, in Iraq. It’s about time.”

Charlie Dunbar explains in the Boston Globe why the Unites States needs a diplomatic presence in Tehran. “Particularly when relations between two governments are bad, high-level discussions between them need the careful preparation that a regular diplomatic dialogue could provide.”

Nate Viall argues in the Des Moines Register that a recent report claiming that there is a disparity between salaries earned by men and women was based on “a false premise.” Any “discussion of apparent gender salary differences must make the distinction between career earnings (does someone choose to be a grade-school teacher or an engineer?) and the pay or salary for a given job function, title or grade level. When other factors such as experience are accounted for, there is no gender pay gap at the level of job function, title or pay grade.”

In the St. Petersburg Times, John Boyles, the student body president of the University of Florida, explains why students at his university who are usually skeptical of tuition increases are supporting one that was recently passed by the Florida legislature.

The San Francisco Chronicle applauds the company that produces Jim Beam bourbon, Beam Global Spirits & Wine Inc., for “positioning itself to be known as one of the more responsible companies in the alcoholic beverage industry when it comes to marketing of drinks to underage youth”: “Hard as this might be to believe, Beam says it won’t advertise at college spring break events. It won’t allow paid placements of its products in video games, nor will it market products on college campuses.”

In the Christian Science Monitor, Ali Abunimah cites the successes of South Africa’s and Ireland’s unity governments as evidence that a single Israeli-Palestinian state could work: “In both places,” he observes, “it was only when the dominant group dropped its insistence on supremacy that a political settlement could be reached. What was once unimaginable happened.”

Noting that many Americans are opting to have surgery abroad to lower the price of their procedures, the Tennessean argues that the United States “should strive to have both the highest quality and accessible health care.” The editors add: “No one should have to feel the need to leave the country for a medical procedure.”

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