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[Editorial] Revenue shortfall

Government data this week showed Korea’s tax collection continuing to fall below target this year amid a prolonged economic slump.In the first eight months of this year, the government collected 136.6 trillion won ($129.3 billion) in national taxes, down 300 billion won from a year earlie...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:06

[Editorial] Talk gone too far?

South Korean officials appear somewhat taken aback by the remark by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.S. is prepared to reduce its military presence in Asia if North Korea rejoins nuclear talks and follows through on its denuclearization commitment.Kerry made the comment in Ber...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:06

[Editorial] More than a gesture

North Korea has released one of three American citizens it had in confinement. Although Pyongyang did not give any indication of the fate of the other two American detainees, the release of Jeffrey Edward Fowle is seen as a gesture of goodwill toward the U.S. and the international communit...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:44

[Editorial] Our ill-armed military

Defense acquisition is vulnerable to corruption around the world, largely due to collusive links between the military and contractors. Korea is no exception, and we are accustomed to news reports about corruption involving procurement of arms and military equipment. Nevertheless, the seemi...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:44

[Editorial] History repeats itself

At a casual glance, the recent string of events on the Korean Peninsula is puzzling. However, if we heed the notion that there is a method to North Korea’s madness, the events of the last few weeks pertaining to Pyongyang and Seoul are no longer an enigma.It began with the unexpected visi...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:35

[Editorial] Crematoriums needed

Nearly 4 out of 5 people who died last year were cremated, reflecting a trend that has caught on as people seek simpler and more convenient funeral procedures.The cremation rate surpassed the burial rate in 2005, and has steadily increased since, reaching 77 percent last year, according to...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:35

Ukraine’s vote, Russia’s fate

STOCKHOLM ― When Ukraine’s voters go to the polls on Oct. 26, not only the fate of their country will be at stake; so will the future of a significant part of Europe. To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a substantia...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:31

[Editorial] Elderly taxi drivers

Many citizens in Seoul have felt uneasy while riding in a taxi with an elderly driver. Passengers who have had this experience often find themselves shunning older cabbies, as many have difficulty following the traffic flow smoothly.Their concern is unlikely to be eased soon with the numbe...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:24

[Editorial] Hereditary employment

Public institutions here have often come under criticism for employing relatives of their employees. This practice is not to be necessarily blamed as long as the process and standards of recruitment are fair, objective and transparent.But recent data released by a lawmaker suggested that f...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:24

[Editorial] An overhaul will do

One of the decisions President Park Geun-hye made after the Sewol ferry disaster in April was to disband the Korea Coast Guard. When a resolute Park solemnly made the announcement on May 19, about one month after the calamity that claimed more than 300 lives, it surprised not only the Coas...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:48

[Editorial] Averting crisis

The harsher-than-expected downsizing of executive posts at Hyundai Heavy Industries Group reflects the sense of crisis building up in Korea’s manufacturing industry.Hyundai Heavy, which forms the world’s largest shipbuilding group along with its two affiliates ― Hyundai Mipo Dockyard an...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:48

[Editorial] Prepare team for Ebola

President Park Geun-hye, during the ASEM meeting in Milan on Thursday, announced that Korea would send medical personnel to the West African countries hit by Ebola.The announcement followed on the heels of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s phone call to Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on...

Updated : 2014.10.19 20:49

[Editorial] Accidents waiting to happen

In yet another tragic reminder of our society’s apparent lack of safety awareness, 16 people fell to their deaths at an outdoor concert in Pangyo, Gyeonggi Province, Friday night.About 30 people are thought to have been standing on a ventilator grille watching a popular girl group perform...

Updated : 2014.10.19 20:48

[Editorial] More things to do

The Bank of Korea’s decision to cut the key interest rate for the second time in two months does not assure that it will help the Korean economy overcome all the challenges it faces. But overall, it took a step in the right direction, given the downside risks currently surrounding the eco...

Updated : 2014.10.17 21:23

[Editorial] Spoiling public offices

One of the first steps President Park Geun-hye and her government took after the Sewol ferry disaster in April was to put the brakes on revolving door appointments. This was because collusive links between retired officials who moved to the private sector they had regulated and their forme...

Updated : 2014.10.17 21:23