Editorials

The number is 39 times

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times Broward ...

The FBI fumbled

Could the mass murder of 17 people, most of them children, at a Florida high school last week have been prevented? We will never know with certainty. What we do know is that someone in the FBI was tipped off months ago that someone named Nikolas Cruz had threatened to “be a professional ...

The sad, but very real truth

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvements campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think ...

When is art not really art

When is a building to which you hold title not yours to tear down, if you choose? When you allow people to spray-paint graffiti on it. Several years ago, graffiti painters began using a complex of New York City warehouses as their canvas. The owner, Gerald Wolkoff, permitted them to do ...

The motives behind the massacre

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “Enough is enough!” “This can’t go on!” “This has to stop!” These were among the comments that came through the blizzard of commentary after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. We have heard these words ...

I am a child of domestic violence

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I am a child of domestic violence. As a boy, I couldn’t fall asleep until I heard my father return from his nocturnal ramblings. I’d listen hard, trying to gauge his mood from the tone of his voice, trying to determine if it was safe to close my eyes. Some nights, ...

The Constitution is not the problem

By SCOTT RASMUSSEN Writing for The Week, Ryan Cooper made his case that “America’s Constitution is terrible. Let’s throw it out and start over.” While most Americans revere the document that created our government, Cooper is not alone in his disdain for it. Law professors Adrian ...

Do the right thing Trump

Politics, especially the vicious, power-driven variety practiced in Washington, sometimes tends to blur ethical lines. There is nothing like feeling political foes are out to get you to put you on the defensive. That may have occurred at the White House. Rather than stay on the defensive ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To local leather company Sunderland Leather for making a global impact with their products, most recently notable, the leather, fringed gloves worn by American Olympians in the opening ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The gloves, which featured a ...

National parks need attention

America’s national parks are the envy of the world. Blessed with incredible beauty, ecological diversity and historical significance, our ancestors were wise to protect them for posterity. The National Park Service manages 417 parks, heritage areas, monuments and other important sites. ...

Trump —Middle American Radical

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN President Trump is the leader of America’s conservative party. Yet not even his allies would describe him as a conservative in the tradition of Robert Taft, Russell Kirk or William F. Buckley. In the primaries of 2016, all his rivals claimed the mantle of Mr. ...

White House should clarify memo issues

Democrats leaped quickly at President Donald Trump’s decision not to permit release of their document regarding use by the FBI and Department of Justice of the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The president “doesn’t want the public to see the underlying facts,” ...

In Trump they trust

By Leonard Pitts Jr. So apparently this is now Republican Party doctrine: You can’t trust the news media. They’re biased. You can’t trust the CIA. They’re hacks. You can’t trust the Justice Department. It’s unfair. You can’t trust the FBI. It’s disgraceful. But you ...

Guest Editorial: The winter of our discontent

By Richard H. Nilsen  In Shakespeare’s Richard III, Gloucester, makes the statement: Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this son of York; And all the clouds that low’r’d upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.   The first two lines of ...

FBI in need of cleanup

It should have come as no surprise that some in the FBI have seen their power as something to be protected and perpetuated through political dirty tricks. This is the agency that was ruled over for decades by the late J. Edgar Hoover, after all. The agency’s headquarters, incidentally, is ...

The great hypocrisy

By LARRY ELDER Breaking news: President Donald Trump uses profanity. When Trump’s apparent use of the word “s—-hole” makes headlines, one cannot help but recall the analysis of the media provided by President Obama’s deputy national security adviser and foreign policy ...

Leaders now taking heed

After belittling President Donald Trump’s “America first” economic policies as hopelessly out of step with globalism, some foreign leaders have seen the light. Now, they admit they understand Trump’s reasoning. One wonders how much public opinion in their own countries had to do with ...

Medicare has many hurdles

Medicare beneficiaries who are prescribed certain medicines must jump through some terribly outdated bureaucratic hoops to get them. Prior authorization is required for Medicare beneficiaries to have some drugs paid for by the government program. Often, that can mean pharmacists must spend ...

Keeping kids safe priority

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

Keep DACA out of the issue

Perhaps some liberal voters will be fooled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s “coup” on Monday. Thoughtful Americans will not. After a weekend “government shutdown” provoked by Schumer, D-N.Y., and fellow Democrat hardliners, the Senate voted Monday to approve a spending bill ...