Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Wednesday - 7/17/2013, 4:00pm EDT

The Associated Press

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

July 11

The Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky., on militants' attacks on school were evil and barbaric:

Islamic militants' recent attack on a boarding school in Nigeria shows just how evil these people truly are.

The attacks on the school in the town of Potiskum were barbaric. The militants doused a dormitory in fuel and burned it as students slept. At least 30 people were killed in this cowardly attack. Teachers said dozens of children from the 1,200-student school escaped into the bush but have not been seen since. Others in the dormitory were either burned to death or shot as they tried to flee the burning building.

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What kind of person or group does this to kids?

One only has to consider the source to answer that question. Nigerians are blaming the attacks on the Boko Haram, a group whose name means "Western education is sacrilege." The group has been behind a series of recent attacks on schools in the region, including one in which gunmen opened fire on children taking exams in a classroom.

Militants like this hate the fact that children are actually trying to get an education that is broader than the tunnel vision of the world their movement represents. What if it is? ...

Boko Haram has a long history of killing innocent people. Since 2010, they have killed more than 1,600 civilians in suicide bombings and other attacks. On July 4, gunmen associated with the group went to the home of a primary school headmaster and gunned down his entire family.

Boko Haram needs to be destroyed. They are a threat to peace, democracy, human life and the majority of those who positively represent Islam.

Online:

http://www.bgdailynews.com

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July 15

Times-Picayune, New Orleans, on Zimmerman verdict provokes sorrow and fear:

The day after a Sanford, Fla., jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Travyon Martin, Americans all over the country took to the streets in protest. About 200 people gathered at Washington Square Park in New Orleans Sunday and about twice as many marched in Chicago. Thousands were reported in Times Square in New York, and in Los Angeles, protesters swarmed Interstate 10 causing that highway to be temporarily shut down.

Many of those demonstrating their anger at the 17-year-old's death and their disappointment in the jury's verdict wore hooded sweatshirts. That was the article of clothing that Zimmerman, Martin's killer, found so suspicious that rainy February night that he followed him.

The shooting of the black unarmed teenager by a white and Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer had the elements of a racially divisive case from the beginning. But the racial diversity of the crowds that marched Sunday indicates that one doesn't have to be black to be upset by the teenager's death. ...

During halftime of the NBA's 2012 All-Star Game, Martin walked to a convenience store and bought Skittles and a can of iced tea. He never made it back home. On his way back, Zimmerman deemed him suspicious. There was a confrontation. When it was over, Martin lay dead.

One thing is indisputable: We never would have known either's name if Zimmerman had let Martin be, or, if after Zimmerman had called 911, he took the advice of the dispatcher and kept his distance. But he chose to follow the teenager.

That fact alone made the case bigger than Martin. Those who are honest in their struggle to understand why so many black Americans are in despair need to know that being watched, being followed, being suspected of something and being assumed a danger is a near universal experience for black Americans - black boys and men especially.

Online:

http://www.nola.com

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July 15

The Star-Ledger, New Jersey, on turning the corner on obesity:

Finally, something positive to say on the obesity front: According to new studies, obesity rates are leveling off -- dropping, even. Hey, we must have done something right.

Both New York City and Philadelphia saw their obesity rates decrease last year, since declaring war on the epidemic more than a decade ago. And studies recently compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed similar progress elsewhere in the country:

A drop in Mississippi, three years after passage of a law that required public schools to provide more physical activity and health education. A reduction in eastern Massachusetts, and for kids in a region of Nebraska. A leveling off for New Mexico's kindergarten and third graders, after years of increase.

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