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VA’s hard work begins with Shinseki’s departure

One in three Overdrive readers got what they wanted when Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki stepped down in late May. More on reaction to VA problems here.

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POLL: What should the govt. do about the VA?

In the wake of the scandal over allegations that the VA doctored wait times and other stats, what do you think would do the most to affect change there for better service or to get the VA on the right track? Tell us here.

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Division over minimum hourly pay

With President Obama advocating for a $10.10/hour federal minimum wage and some states having raised the minimum wage as high as $15, readers showed fairly even division on the issue.

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Owner-operators show business optimism for 2014

Results of polling on 2014 business outlook shows generally optimistic views from the majority of respondents relative to the past year.

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POLL: Should the federal minimum wage be raised?

With many states going well above the current federal minimum of $7.25 per hour, is it time the U.S. government raised its own minimum? Weigh in on the subject via this poll and in comments.

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Hot buttons: Iran nuclear negotiations a dangerous game?

A slight majority of readers seemed to think so. More than 50 percent voted a categorical “no” to the question of whether Iran should be able to pursue nuclear power development minus international economic sanctions.

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Drone use: Effective terrorism deterrent or slippery slope?

Half of Overdrive readers prefer more clear limitations of pilot-less aircraft's use in combat operations.

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Hot buttons: Should the U.S. military intervene in Syria?

With evidence of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in the civil war there fairly clear, the drums beating for military intervention have gotten louder. This poll asks for your view on any U.S. role.

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Readers to government: ‘Clamp down on homeland spying’

A large majority of Overdrive readers favor limitations on the much-debated NSA spying effort.

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POLL: What are your views on climate change?

Given abortive but multiple legislative efforts to tax carbon emissions in recent years, the subject of climate change remains ever relevant to the future of the trucking biz -- what's your view?

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