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Editorials

Racism is still a problem in America

Just when you think it just may be possible that racism isn’t a problem anymore, the bigots remind us it is. An Associated Press story this week covered two events involving the late Emmett Till. Till was 14 when, in August 1955, he was visiting relatives in Mississippi. The black boy had ...

Action should be swift, total

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico this week - nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists - cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

America will have to do more

Wall Street Journal Nov. 5 The slaughter Monday of three Mormon women and six children, all American citizens who were longtime residents of Mexico, brings home a cruel reality of America’s neighbor to the south. Drug gangs control huge swathes of the country, and the government in Mexico ...

Pulling out of the accord

Contrary to popular belief, the United States has not pulled out of the Paris climate accords. But President Donald Trump’s first opportunity to do so is approaching — and he should seize it. Trump pledged during his campaign for president to remove the United States from the Paris ...

Good riddance, Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman from Texas who thought extremist demagoguery was the path to the presidency, has dropped out of the race for the Democratic Party nomination for that office. Good riddance. Politicians do not drop out of races until they have been convinced they have ...

Injecting an important note of realism into public discourse

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Pelosi should reconsider whether to proceed

For the first time, the full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. To date, it has been strictly a production of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues. Perhaps because of criticism the ...

A higher standard?

The resignation of U.S. Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., is being questioned by some observers who say she is being held to a higher standard than male members of Congress accused of wrongdoing. It is not dodging the issue to point out the answer to that is no. Hill resigned her position. She was ...

A target with no safe place

It is doubtful that ISIS — the Islamic State terrorist organization — was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a raid by U.S. forces in Syria. ISIS already had a succession plan in place ...

Once opened, Pandora’s box can never be closed

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. This week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

Watch out for children

No doubt many adults are annoyed by reminders that we need to be on our toes to protect children in our communities. After all, we are adults, are we not? We don’t need to be told to watch out for the kids, do we? Apparently, we do, especially on the eve of Halloween. Children are twice as ...

A competition we can’t lose

We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...

Back to square one

For several days, President Donald Trump was viewed as a traitor to the Kurdish people. Suddenly, he has been “rehabilitated.” On Wednesday, a Kurdish military commander in Syria thanked Trump for his “tireless efforts” in defense of the Kurds. So the relationship between our nation ...

Operating within limits

Former President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive orders to get his way when Congress refused to go along with him — or when he simply did not want the American people to know what he was doing — was wrong. President Donald Trump’s critics now point to the fact that his use of ...

What is behind resurgence?

We know no one in our area who reacted to the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly a year ago with anything other than sorrow and anger. We doubt that you know anyone with a different opinion, either. But a microscopically tiny number of people viewed the assault, in which 11 worshippers ...

Fool me once, shame on you — fool me twice, shame on me

Russian trolls who have been successful, probably beyond their wildest dreams, in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep Facebook from ...

The real price of drug abuse

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Must not be forgotten

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. ...

If viable options exist

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if there are effective alternatives is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne ...

On a fishing expedition

Democrats in the House of Representatives remind us of the old West judge who promised defendants he would give them a fair trial —then hang them. The “impeachment inquiry” engineered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no more than her attempt to pursue a vendetta. Our nation’s founders ...