Editorials

Keep Underwood

The state Legislature has the power to appoint someone to fill the Attorney General’s post until the November election. State law calls for a joint vote in the Assembly and Senate, and Assembly Democrats have almost enough votes to control the process and choose an instant incumbent who would ...

We need our own space program

As former President Barack Obama reduced emphasis on space exploration during his administration, we were among those warning of the danger of doing away with a self-contained program. Too much reliance on Russia and other nations to handle space-related tasks could be dangerous, we ...

Space program is critical

As former President Barack Obama reduced emphasis on space exploration during his administration, we were among those warning of the danger of doing away with a self-contained program. Too much reliance on Russia and other nations to handle space-related tasks could be dangerous, we ...

Clinton is on target

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Don’t hide history

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

Too little, too late

In a move that would have set fire to NCAA, the University of Wisconsin very nearly boycotted its Nov. 29, 2016, game against Syracuse University in the nationally televised Big Ten/ACC Challenge to protest compensation limits for college athletes. Former Wisconsin player Nigel Hayes proposed ...

‘Just say no’ wouldn’t work

The administration of Donald Trump — who had a child out of wedlock after cheating on his first wife, and is in a legal battle with a porn star who says she had sex with him not long after his third wife gave birth — is promoting abstinence with a zeal perhaps never before seen from the ...

Let’s be our best

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

Those who live in glass houses ….

The accusations of assault and swift resignation of New York’s attorney general would have been unimaginable a few years ago. Other men have abused their power and hidden that from public view. Others have been outspoken and effective in championing a movement then turned out to be the kind ...

Mean-spirited comedians

“Everything is changing,” remarked Will Rogers many years ago, “People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” It’s never been truer than today. Too many so-called comedians have forgotten how to use real humor as a way to jab politicians. Much of their ...

More blood on their hands than Marx

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

Money spent against terrorism is well-spent

Islamic terrorism is not confined to the Middle East. It is a threat far to the west in Nigeria, too. When President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met last week at the White House, they discussed a variety of topics. Among them were economic issues and ...

Better laws are needed

Congress remains all but silent on the glaring gaps in gun laws and the availability of assault weapons. By all accounts, Travis Reinking should not have had a gun. Yet he did, and so four people are dead. It would be easy to shrug off the April 22 shooting in a Nashville, Tennessee, Waffle ...

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Will things ever change?

Just how crooked do you have to be to be a crook in Albany? That’s the question that a court will start trying to answer this week as Sheldon Silver, once one of the most powerful men in the state, goes back on trial on charges that he made lots of money by trading public favors for private ...

Do something now in military

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

CDC head asks for pay to be reduced

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., the new head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thinks his pay ought to be cut. The fact it was set where it was by the Washington machine speaks volumes. Redfield took office in March, at an annual salary of $375,000. That is at least $150,000 ...

Thanks to Kanye, groupthink is broken

A cultural shift is happening before our very eyes. Entertainment royalty and prominent blacks in American society, long beholden to the Democrat Party, had a rare breakout moment this week, setting the social media stratosphere ablaze. Kayne West, the uber-famous rapper, unleashed this ...

Transparency needed in N.Y.

Many words come to mind when discussing politics in New York — corruption, secrecy and cronyism. Transparency is certainly not one of them. Want to know what was discussed in conferences about pending legislation? You are out of luck. Want to know if how many sexual harassment ...

Scott Pruitt — ‘You’re fired’

It’s no secret we haven’t always seen eye to eye with Donald Trump. But Mr. President, when you promised to drain the swamp in Washington, we were completely on board. Pull the plug! So how is it Scott Pruitt is still employed? The head of the Environmental Protection Agency personifies ...