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April 8 Buzz: The controversy around budgets, burkas and rewriting history books

April 8, 2011 | 12:42 pm

Most viewed: France's burka ban: What harm comes to society from women with their faces covered?

"In a free society, men and women should be able to do, say, write, depict or wear what they like, so long as it does no significant harm to others," writes Timothy Garton Ash in an op-ed article about the burka ban that goes into effect in France on Monday. Which brings up the question: Where will France draw the line in freedom of expression?

Most commented: Gays in textbooks: Best told by historians, not by politicians

There's a better way than 'sanitized truth,' say readers who, for the most part, agree with our editorial the politicians shouldn’t be writing textbooks.

Most shared: Budget battles: The California-ization of D.C.

"The California Legislature shouldn't be anyone's role model when it comes to enacting a budget," writes the editorial board. "Nevertheless, Congress seems to have taken a page or two from Sacramento's playbook as it struggles to adopt a spending plan for the rest of the fiscal year."

The editorial presents the top issues at hand and offers this suggestion for ending the mess before it gets drastically worse:

Any hope for ending the impasse in Sacramento rests with pragmatic Republicans who would rather use their budget leverage to obtain meaningful policy changes than to block an extension of the expiring tax breaks. With Democrats showing a willingness to compromise on those issues, the lesson Republicans should take from what's happening in Washington is this: Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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--Alexandra Le Tellier

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