Opinion

Help needed for addicts

Editorials

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Creating a level playing field for all

Editorials

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...

Media always focuses on the negative news about Trump

Letters to the Editor

I don’t agree with everything President Trump does. I surely do not like everything he says. However the mainstream media spends more than 90 percent of their coverage of the president in the negative area. Case in point — the media spent a great deal of time prior to July 4, telling ...

Political leanings not based on genetics

Editorials

Increasingly, the intellectual consensus seems to be that our political leanings are hardwired in our genes. There is some excellent research behind this thinking, and I’ve come around to believing that DNA plays a bigger role in our political worldviews than many on the right or left are ...

Bicycle thieves have stolen more than bikes

Letters to the Editor

To the individual/individuals that came behind the back of our house, mind you we are in the middle of a row of six townhouses, and stole my son’s and his friends’ BMX bikes you are nothing but a low-life, rotten human being. First of all, these bikes meant a lot to these boys. BMX is their ...

Supreme Court makes wrong decision on census question

Letters to the Editor

The Supreme Court has now prevented the U.S. Secretary of Commerce from putting the citizenship question in the 2020 census form; the court wants a “fuller account” of why he wanted to include it. In a split five-four decision Chief Justice Roberts, who was appointed by President G.W. Bush ...

Assault on Western civilization

Op-Ed Columns

By WALTER WILLIAMS Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from government to science. ...

‘Real America’ inside the Beltway

Op-Ed Columns

By SALENA ZITO It is often said our nation’s capital is filled with wealthy college-educated elites operating in a company town where everything is transactional. They are a clubby set of folks who can “fail up” in their profession and rarely interact meaningfully with anyone who ...

Happy 4th of July

Editorials

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended for us is ...

Worth looking at

Editorials

One popular housing program for low-income Americans has a provision that, at first glance, makes a lot of sense. It stipulates that people living in certain housing units meant for low-income tenants cannot be full-time students. If they switch to part-time status to keep their low-cost ...

Be careful this summer

Editorials

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...

Be prudent in your use of natural gas

Letters to the Editor

Is natural gas a good transition fuel? Think again. Because of the fairly new technology of fracking, it is as dirty as coal, releasing large amounts of methane during removal. In fracking, toxic chemicals are forced into cracks in the shale, which releases the methane, which is then tapped for ...

Nyusi should be rewarded

Editorials

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

There are bigger problems than how many cats as pets

Letters to the Editor

It would be next to impossible to determine if someone has in their home over six cats unless code enforcement did raids based upon secret informants. Most landlords in the city do limit amount of pets tenants may have and many would say six cats is extremely excessive. Those who have massive ...

9/11 victims and veterans should have our help, support

Letters to the Editor

Comedian Jon Stewart stressed that funds for 9/11 victims should still be available to victims. I’m a survivor, and fortunately I have no health-related problems. However, many people who are survivors, responders or involved in cleanup aren’t so fortunate. They deserve our support. ...

Unprofessional behavior seen during soccer games

Letters to the Editor

As a Fulton United Soccer Club spectator, I have recently observed some very unprofessional behavior. When a team has worked hard and developed their skills, they should not be punished for their determination to do their best. Lately one team has been treated unfairly due to exemplary ...

She should be ashamed

Editorials

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...