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Opinion

Failing dams needs to be addressed

Editorials

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes a few days ago, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days, as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back ...

A vice president that could work

Editorials

By GEORGE F. WILL The smallest state has a small governor. Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo is almost 5 feet 3 inches, about an inch shorter than James Madison. What was said of him is true of her: There is a high ratio of mind to mass. Unfortunately, a perversity of today’s political culture ...

The good, the bad, and the ugly

Editorials

By DIANE DIMOND Nearly every state has a citizen’s arrest law allowing civilians to detain someone if they have witnessed a crime being committed. Some of these laws allow only felony suspects to be held until law enforcement arrives, while others also allow those suspected of “breach of ...

Choosing the wrong opponent

Editorials

By MARK SHIELDS It is a common, if not especially honorable, practice in American politics for a candidate and her campaign to prefer to run not against their actual opponent on the ballot but rather against the most unpopular caricature of the opponent’s party. That explains why Democrats, ...

Remembering everyone

Editorials

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

Why a compromise now?

Editorials

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN When a Wall Street Journal editorial warned this week against any precipitous U.S. withdrawal that might imperil our gains in Afghanistan, an exasperated President Trump shot back: “Could someone please explain to them that we have been there for 19 years. ... and ...

Lying to us, or themselves?

Editorials

By LEONARD PITTS For years, that’s been the great imponderable of American politics, the question the rest of us asked as we watched nominal “conservatives” sink ever deeper into a morass of conspiracy, lies and alternative facts. Were they yanking our collective chain, working some ...

Expanding the war on accountability

Editorials

By JULES WITCOVER President Trump, not content with his running attack on the critical press, is doubling down on the government watchdogs responsible for ferreting out wrongdoing within his administration. In the last seven weeks, he has fired four actual or acting inspectors general in ...

National stockpile is needed

Editorials

As the coronavirus epidemic hit full stride, Americans learned to our dismay that the nation lacked adequate supplies of COVID-19 test kits, personal protective gear such as face masks, medical ventilators and other necessities for dealing with a massive health care emergency. As the ...

Who’s to blame? Trump or China?

Editorials

By NEIL PATEL The big coronavirus debate is between blaming President Donald Trump and blaming China for the pandemic. The usual suspects are lined up on each side. To anybody who pauses to think for a second, it’s clear the two options are not mutually exclusive. But that’s still how the ...

Handing Trump the election

Editorials

By BEN SHAPIRO In national polling, former vice president Joe Biden is the clear 2020 front-runner. He’s up nearly 5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average; he’s up in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona. That’s because Biden campaigned as the anti-Bernie Sanders: a ...

Trump’s war on Voice of America

Editorials

By KATHLEEN PARKER Donald Trump has a way of making easy things difficult and difficult matters impossible. That is a good way to explain what is going on behind the scenes right now at the Voice of America, or VOA. Trump recently declared war on the VOA, the government-run broadcaster ...

If proven guilty, parties should be punished severely

Editorials

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Touting ‘snake oil’ cures

Editorials

By Cal Thomas On Monday, in an off-the-cuff comment following a White House meeting with restaurant industry leaders, President Trump revealed that he has been taking the anti-Malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for “about a week and a half now” to protect himself from COVID-19. Asked why, ...

Blown opportunity

Editorials

By Jonah Goldberg Future historians of the American right are going to have a devil of a time figuring out what the hell happened as the second decade of the 21st century came to a close. But every day I become more convinced about at least one of their conclusions: The nationalists blew ...

Saving money and Planet Earth

Letters to the Editor

Something small that I started doing just a few short months ago is looking at how we view “trash” in our house. It was somewhat unconscious. I was looking at these produce containers thinking “why don’t I use these to start some seeds?” In my brain I was saving money by not having to ...

Melanoma Awareness Month is in May

Letters to the Editor

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. As we find ourselves staying at home, many of us have ventured to the great outdoors to enjoy the sunshine of the new season. While we enjoy the sunshine we would like you to be sun safe because did you know 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer? You don’t ...

‘Summer school’ should be a priority

Editorials

Many public school districts are ending the academic year early or plan to do so, The Associated Press reports. In some, use of distance learning via online tools has been pronounced a disappointment. But come August and September, when American children return to school — we hope — ...

Blame game continues to spread

Editorials

By VERONIQUE DE RUGY The coronavirus did apparently originate in China. Now President Donald Trump wants to punish that country for its role in letting the virus spread to the United States. This is just another poor excuse to push the same protectionist policies he has always favored. It’s ...

Stop training Saudi Arabia’s Jihad pilots

Editorials

By MICHELLE MALKIN I’m glad the FBI was able to crack the iPhones of the Pensacola naval air base shooter, which confirmed that radicalized Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani had communicated with al-Qaida to carry out a “special operation.” Three young ...