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[Editorial] Lax management

The country’s 30 major public corporations were saddled with a combined debt of 429 trillion won ($366 billion) as of the end of last year, according to data submitted by the Finance Ministry to a lawmaker last week. Over the period 2012-2014, however, they paid nearly 3.5 trillion won i...

Updated : 2015.08.04 17:33

[Editorial] Redrawing constituencies

Members on the parliamentary special committee on political reform have been sitting on their hands over the work to establish guidelines for redrawing electoral districts across the country. Irritated by the snail-paced progress, the head of an independent panel tasked with rezoning cons...

Updated : 2015.08.04 17:32

[Editorial] Golf lessons

Golfer Park In-bee achieved a career grand slam by winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open early Monday morning.Park, ranked first in the world, became only the seventh LPGA golfer in the world to win at least four different majors over a career, the only Asian woman to have done so. She n...

Updated : 2015.08.03 17:50

[Editorial] Family feud

It is a story that is familiar to Korean drama viewers. Scions of an imaginary chaebol family fight a bitter battle over control of the company that the father or the grandfather had founded. Lots of backstabbing, behind-the-door conspiracies and boardroom intrigues characterize such drama...

Updated : 2015.08.03 17:49

[Editorial] First step

Few expect that reforming the labor market is an easy task, especially considering the stubbornness and militancy of the unions and the liberal opposition which usually sides with radical labor activism.But the way the rival parties are dealing with the issue even before they start negotia...

Updated : 2015.08.02 17:29

[Editorial] Looking to Blue House

During the past authoritarian governments, state prosecution was often exploited as a tool for suppressing the president’s opponents and critics. Businesses also fell victim to investigation by prosecutors acting under the command of the president. The prosecution is not entirely free fr...

Updated : 2015.08.02 17:27

[Editorial] Wholly unchecked

The Korean Veterans Association has been embroiled in a corruption scandal, plunging it into its biggest crisis since its establishment in 1952 in the midst of the Korean War.  The scandal surrounds its chairman Cho Nam-poong, a retired four-star Army general who was elected in April. A s...

Updated : 2015.07.31 18:20

[Editorial] Abe’s reality

As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II draws closer, international pressure is mounting on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his stance on the country’s wartime wrongdoings. This rightful pressure should be kept up until he comes to his senses and does what he ought to d...

Updated : 2015.07.31 18:17

[Editorial] Business as usual

Former Korean Air vice president Cho Hyun-ah’s name graced the headlines again, once again in connection to an unsavory incident. Cho, who earned global ignominy with “nut rage” -- an incident in which she physically and verbally abused the flight attendants and ordered the taxiing air...

Updated : 2015.07.30 17:11

[Editorial] Pyongyang visit

Former first lady Lee Hee-ho is scheduled to visit Pyongyang Aug. 5-8, an opportunity the government could use to engage North Korea. Although her final itinerary has not been confirmed, Lee is expected to visit a child care center, a maternity hospital and a children’s hospital as well ...

Updated : 2015.07.30 17:06

[Editorial] Never again

It certainly feels good to hear the government announcing that Korea is free from the Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak that had kept the whole nation fretting for two months. Needless to say, it would have been better had authorities dealt with the contagious disease promptly in ...

Updated : 2015.07.29 18:32

[Editorial] More lawmakers?

The main opposition party’s proposal to increase the number of lawmakers has come under strong public criticism. It deserves scolding for, among other things, ignoring the prevailing public belief that the National Assembly is not doing its job well. The proposal, made by the New Politic...

Updated : 2015.07.29 18:24

[Editorial] NIS investigation

The National Intelligence Service chief Lee Byung-ho’s closed-door briefing at the National Assembly produced, as expected, very different responses from the legislators attending the meeting. Lee asserted that the spy agency never conducted illegal surveillance of South Korean citizens,...

Updated : 2015.07.28 17:17

[Editorial] Iran deal a lesson for N.K.

A flurry of talks are taking place over North Korean denuclearization following the recent conclusion of the Iranian nuclear deal.On Monday, Sydney Seiler, U.S. special envoy for the six-party talks on North Korean denuclearization, met with his South Korean counterpart Kim Gunn, director ...

Updated : 2015.07.28 17:15

[Editorial] Still idle

Fifteen months have passed since the Sewol ferry disaster shook the nation, and many Koreans may have recovered from the initial shock of one of the worst maritime calamities. But this does not mean that they could ease up on what they suffered and what they committed themselves to when th...

Updated : 2015.07.27 17:55