Editorials

Obesity needs to be addressed

The Day Feb. 5 For all but the recent fraction of their history, the challenge facing humans was finding enough food to survive. That remains a problem for about 795 million people globally who do not have enough food to lead healthy lives. Yet in much of the developed world the modern ...

Fulton County needs proactive approach

Guest editorial By GREGORY YOUNG Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced more than $2 billion in funding to combat homelessness across the country, but none of that money will be coming to Fulton County due to local government inaction. A cover story in ...

Race relations a challenge

It is easy to understand why some Virginians may not be paying the same amount of attention as they would in a normal year to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Residents of the Old Dominion have their own political preoccupation this week. Credit Gov. Ralph Northam for ...

The cost of carbon

The Times Union Feb. 5 The operator of New York’s power grid is considering a pricing system that accounts for the “social cost of carbon.” The step is one among many needed to stave off a looming global catastrophe. The drumbeat of distressing climate-change news keeps coming. ...

Are promises being kept?

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Solution not complicated

President Donald Trump may have much to say on a great number of topics Tuesday, when he delivers his postponed State of the Union speech. But many listeners, perhaps including the woman who will be seated directly behind Trump, will be listening closely for comments on a single subject: “the ...

On keeping arrests secret

The Post-Star on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to keep arrests secret Jan. 25 Gov. Andrew Cuomo has included in his 2020 executive budget a proposal to keep arrests secret, which could be the worst idea he has ever had, proposed in the worst possible way. Important changes in state law ...

The time is not now

The United States has become the world’s leading producer of petroleum, beating even Saudi Arabia. That means we can be somewhat choosy about where we drill for oil. Two key conflicts exist in that regard. One, of course, is protection of the environment, including natural treasures that, ...

Afghanistan is not Vietnam

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

Hopefully, civil war can be avoided

Venezuela is the 10th-biggest oil producer in the world. It may have larger petroleum reserves than any other country. Yet socialism has devastated the nation’s economy to the point that there are shortages of food. About three million Venezuelans have fled their homeland during the past ...

The word is not important

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...

Press briefings should be held

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...

Barriers are not ‘immoral’

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Democrats in her chamber will not provide funds for a physical barrier along the southern border because it is “immoral.” How so? Either the United States has controls over immigration or it does not. If Pelosi, D-Calif., thinks we ...

Aggressive mental laziness

So eager have too many Americans become to find people to call evil that we have taken to inventing them. That attitude, a form of aggressive mental laziness, itself is wrong. Thoughtful people — which represents the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded this ...

Give back AIM

If this was a year of financial hardship all around, when it was obvious every level of government has to tighten its belt, then New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo might be justified in cutting unrestricted state aid to most towns and villages in his 2019-20 budget proposal. He might also be ...

Walls do work

Famed mid-20th Century bank robber Willie Sutton is alleged to have been asked once, “Why do you rob banks?” “Because that’s where the money is.” Someone should ask House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she understands where the illegal immigrants aren’t. Obviously ...

Watch for consequences

The Times Union Jan. 22 New York’s possible legalization of recreational marijuana could have consequences for those who use it for medical reasons. The state should ensure it doesn’t harm those who need the drug. The money, the taxes, the benefits for farmers, the sense of social ...

Who is going to pay?

Promise-them-anything Democrat candidate for president Julian Castro was under fire this week from fellow liberals — for not promising Americans enough. Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama, announced last weekend that he is ...

Math skills needed

The Observer Jan. 10 You step up to the counter, the clerk rings up your purchase, you hand him money … then watch, half in amusement, half in annoyance, as he informs you, “Computer’s down. Can’t make change.” In your head, you have done the math and know how much change you ...

Blocking progress

Once again, Democrat leaders in Congress have made it plain their chief goal is attacking President Donald Trump, not dealing with illegal immigration. Unless reasonable Democrats retake control of their party, that attitude will continue to block progress. During the weekend, President ...