The Baltimore Sun

Canadians complain rightly that the United States takes its good neighbor to the north for granted when we're not ignoring it.

And here's somewhat shocking evidence of that:

According to the Toronto Star, when The Washington Post closes its Toronto bureau this summer, there will no longer be any American newspaper correspondents based in Canada. In recent years, The New York Times, which once had three, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The Boston Globe have all shut down their Canadian bureaus.

Commented the Star: "Many analysts believe the loss of the American media voice in Canada will inevitably push the Canadian message further into irrelevance and widen the gulf between two nations which already do not understand each other well."

Canada, with whom we share the world's longest undefended border, is our largest trading partner, largest supplier of energy and largest supplier of foreign-born comedy stars and journalists.

To rebut a common canard, Canadian politics are nowhere near as dull as the Canadians let on.

True, the newspaper industry is having its problems, but giving up on Canadian coverage - and there really is no good substitute for full-time bureaus - is just wrong.

- The Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald

Radio broadcaster Don Imus made a mistake and it cost him his job. I suggest the following: Since Mr. Imus has an opinion on everything and no solutions for anything, and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson is his equal, we should require both Mr. Imus and Mr. Jackson to co-anchor a television talk show. We heavily publicize the show so all Americans will know what channel to avoid. They will have their reward on Earth: Both will be able to criticize the world and all of us who live on this planet, each will have to listen to the other, and all of us will be spared from having to listen to either one of them.

- John Callender, writing in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

As far as policy, the president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed. And certainly bringing a gun into a school dormitory and shooting ... obviously that would be against the law and something that someone should be held accountable for.

- Dana Perino, White House spokeswoman

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