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[Editorial] A welcome compromise

A recent agreement made by three regional governments and the Environment Ministry on the extended use of a landfill site is welcome as a rare case to overcome the not-in-my-backyard syndrome permeating our society.Under the accord reached after six months of negotiations, the Incheon city...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:21

[Editorial] Due obligations

Korea announced Tuesday it would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 37 percent by 2030, a higher target than previously proposed.Its planned contribution, which was submitted to the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat later in the day, calls for reductions of 25.7 percent from the country’s busi...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:19

[Editorial] Dark side

A series of doping scandals is again exposing the dark side of professional sports in the country. This should raise alarm bells because pro sports are getting bigger and bigger, making them more vulnerable to corrupt practices. There were three doping cases last week alone, including one ...

Updated : 2015.06.30 18:24

[Editorial] Blame game

The ugly infighting that has been unfolding in the ruling camp ― namely the Blue House and the Saenuri Party ― is sickening the nation, which is already depressed by the economic slump and the effects of the Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak. The internal feud, which was touched ...

Updated : 2015.06.30 18:22

[Editorial] Ex-first lady goes North

The widow of late President Kim Dae-jung, Lee Hee-ho, may soon make a trip to North Korea pending talks today at the North Korean border town of Gaeseong.The trip was initially planned for last year, when the North Koreans invited Lee to make a return trip to Pyongyang;  she had accompani...

Updated : 2015.06.29 19:10

[Editorial] MERS lessons

The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus outbreak that has gripped the nation since the first case was confirmed on May 20 now seems to be contained, with no new cases reported for two consecutive days as of Monday. MERS has infected 182, claiming 32 lives, and 2,682 remained in qu...

Updated : 2015.06.29 19:10

[Editorial] A just ruling

Last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court to recognize basic labor rights for illegal immigrant workers should serve as an occasion to guarantee due reward for work rather than a cause for excessive concern.The landmark ruling paved the way for foreign workers who are in Korea illegally to ...

Updated : 2015.06.28 20:26

[Editorial] Reviving the economy

The Ministry of Strategy and Finance revised down key economic indicators last week when it announced its plan for the economy in the second half of this year. The ministry slashed its growth outlook for 2015 to 3.1 percent from an earlier projection of 3.8 percent, citing slumping export...

Updated : 2015.06.28 20:24

[Editorial] Death of an actor

Yet another artist succumbed to hunger and illness last week. Actor Kim Un-ha, 40, was found dead in a tiny one-room dorm, five days after his passing.Reports said that Kim’s death was brought on by ill health exacerbated by poverty. By all accounts, Kim died a lonely death.A graduate of ...

Updated : 2015.06.26 19:45

[Editorial] Contempt for parliament

President Park Geun-hye vetoed the National Assembly Law revision bill as expected, raising a political maelstrom that threatens to paralyze the country. In her sharply worded speech made at the Cabinet meeting on Thursday morning, Park exercised her presidential veto power against the con...

Updated : 2015.06.26 19:44

[Editorial] Drought assistance

Seoul officials seem to be hoping to use the deteriorating drought in North Korea as leverage for making a breakthrough in the stalled inter-Korean ties.Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said this week that while the two Koreas were struggling with a severe drought, Seoul was willing to p...

Updated : 2015.06.25 20:44

[Editorial] Let science decide

South Korea and Japan are moving to repair their strained relations on the back of the new momentum forged by their leaders, who this week called for efforts to build a future-oriented partnership beyond historical disputes. The two countries have yet to do much more to realize the hopes e...

Updated : 2015.06.25 20:43

[Editorial] Overdue probe

Prosecutors investigating the Sung Woan-jong bribery scandal have added three men to their probe list -- lawmakers Lee In-jae and Kim Han-gil and Roh Gun-pyeong, the elder brother of the late President Roh Moo-hyun. Sung, a construction tycoon who once held a National Assembly seat, named ...

Updated : 2015.06.24 20:55

[Editorial] Following up apology

The public apology by Lee Jay-yong, the de facto leader of Samsung Group, over a massive outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome at a hospital run by the conglomerate should become the starting point for the Korean medical sector’s efforts to upgrade its standards. The apology, offer...

Updated : 2015.06.24 20:55

[Editorial] Sports and politics

North Korea’s decision to boycott the upcoming Gwangju Universiade is an unfortunate one tying sports with politics.On June 20 the Gwangju Universiade organizing committee received an email from Jon Kuk-man, the chief of North Korea’s university sports federation, saying that North Korea...

Updated : 2015.06.23 21:35