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[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

[Editorial] No more pie in the sky

The second meeting of the presidential committee for unification preparation held Monday saw numerous plans put forward by the 50-member committee.The plans and reports ranged from a 10-year project to provide water, sewerage and heating for 1 million households at a cost of 9 trillion won...

Updated : 2014.10.16 21:58

[Editorial] High-level military talks

The fact that the representatives from South and North Korea sat across the table from each other for nearly five hours without storming out in a huff is an encouraging sign that the North is serious about engaging with the South.Although the first high-level military talks in seven years,...

Updated : 2014.10.16 20:39

[Editorial] Banning Uber

Lawmakers and administration officials are pushing to ban Uber, the app-enabled taxi service, from operating in local cities. A ruling party lawmaker recently submitted a bill aimed at punishing providers of the service, which links private cab drivers with customers over the Internet. The...

Updated : 2014.10.15 20:42

[Editorial] Flexible and principled

Whether to lift blanket sanctions Seoul imposed on Pyongyang in 2010 in retaliation for a deadly naval attack has emerged as a sensitive topic here, as the two sides are gearing up for the resumption of high-level dialogue.North Korea has made a couple of provocative acts since it sent a d...

Updated : 2014.10.15 20:42

[Editorial] Samcheok plant

Last week’s referendum in Samcheok, Gangwon Province, on a government plan to construct a nuclear power plant in the eastern city raises a host of concerns. The first one is that a local government is demanding the scrapping of a state project on the basis of a referendum, which, in fact,...

Updated : 2014.10.14 20:54

[Editorial] Right recognition

Two years after becoming president in 1998, Kim Dae-jung, himself a pro-democracy activist who endured death threats, torture, imprisonment and house arrests, launched a commission to restore the honor of former activists and compensate them for their sufferings under the authoritarian gov...

Updated : 2014.10.14 20:54

[Editorial] Zero tolerance

The arrest of a two-star general on charges of sexually harassing a female subordinate is yet another blow to the military, hit by a string of incidents that raise questions about discipline in the ranks.The major general of the 17th Division is accused of sexually harassing a female nonco...

Updated : 2014.10.13 20:43

[Editorial] Ebola preparedness

The transmission of the deadly Ebola virus from a patient who recently died in a U.S. hospital to a health care professional who took care of him is a stark reminder of how Ebola may spread despite precautions. The first case of an Ebola transmission outside the African continent also invo...

Updated : 2014.10.13 20:43

[Editorial] Curbing illicit fishing

China lodged a strong protest with South Korea last Friday over the death of the captain of a Chinese fishing boat during a violent clash with the South Korean Coast Guard during a crackdown on illegal fishing.A senior official at the Chinese Foreign Ministry made “solemn representations”...

Updated : 2014.10.12 20:46