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Editorials

Feds priming the pump

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report last week that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7 percent last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low ...

Children need a solid moral compass

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestige colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

Paying the price for being foolhardy

It was understandable, if not prudent, that when COVID-19 seemed to be on the run earlier this summer, many Americans decided it was time to go back to what was normal early this year. We are paying the price for that foolhardiness now. Unfortunately, those paying the grimmest toll had little ...

Maybe heads should roll

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused by some ...

Trying to get back on track

Fall classes already have begun at some colleges and universities. During the next few weeks, hundreds more will attempt to do so. COVID-19 is enough of a threat in many states that some institutions of higher learning will not be allowing in-person classes, at least at first. Students will ...

Funding for local health departments a must have

For many years, local public health agencies were viewed by many Americans as centers for anti-smoking campaigns, immunizations for children in low-income families, enforcers of restaurant cleanliness rules and similar activities. Suddenly last winter, all that changed. Now and probably for ...

On and on the bickering goes

Politics often seems to be an all-or-nothing contest — even when the American people are those who will get nothing. Whatever happened to common-sense compromise? When did putting off a battle in order to help the people survive a war become a bad idea? It was reported Aug. 7 that talks ...

Make America smart again

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissention in the United States. If not, it should. We ...

School programs can be safely held

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff As state associations have been developing plans for a safe return to high school sports, the NFHS and other national organizations have been working overtime to preserve opportunities for millions of students in the performing arts during the COVID-19 ...

Washington at impasse to help citizens

Politics often seems to be an all-or-nothing contest — even when the American people are those who will get nothing. Whatever happened to common-sense compromise? When did putting off a battle in order to help the people survive a war become a bad idea? It was reported Aug. 7 that talks ...

We are supposed to protect the children

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

A victory for all Americans

At a time when partisan game-playing has caused some Americans to lose faith in Congress, it is a pleasure to note the occasional victory for bipartisan common sense. One occurred recently when President Donald Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act into law. The measure provides $9.5 ...

Students’ needs drive decisions

By Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff NFHS Executive Director As leaders of state high school associations work with government, education and health leaders on a safe return of sports and other activities, some have questioned why those attempts are being made as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. We ...

How will virus vaccine be distributed?

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

Skepticism remains best defense

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election less than three weeks away, that comes as no surprise. There is ...

Celebrate a journalist

Kokomo Tribune. July 25 President Trump likes to call the “fake news media” the “real enemy of the people.” According to his Twitter archive, he’s tweeted 18 times about U.S. news organizations since the first of the month. The enemy-of-the-people remark is a favorite refrain of ...

Support hydropower

With all the talk about renewable energy in America, we have heard little about one old reliable source — hydropower. Fortunately, though hydroelectricity seems to have been sidelined by emphasis on technologies including wind and solar power, it has not been forgotten. More than a year ...

Support for public health agencies

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in ...

The pope is taking sexual abuse seriously

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people — including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: Report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...

Stamp should be provided

Of all the irrational debates Americans should be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported last week takes the cake. Beyond any doubt, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, ...