Editorials

Hanging up on robocalls

Newsday on robocalls June 8 The calls come during dinner. During the workday. Even in the middle of the night. They veer from annoying and laughable to frightening and dangerous. Sometimes, they’re offering debt reduction, solar panels or a free trip. Sometimes, they’re in Mandarin. ...

Concrete proof first

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of Thursday, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. On that day two more oil ...

Investigation needs to be made public

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are gathered in Baltimore this week, with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions — assuming they do not already know the answers — about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s ...

Bail reform may hurt addicts

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise June 3 Have legislators in Albany just erected a massive roadblock to treating the opioid scourge by eliminating bail for low-level drug offenses? It is entirely possible. Consider this situation — which isn’t really hypothetical because we have heard ...

Equal healthcare?

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

Thank you

This week’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of France during World War II, is about much more than that single military campaign, important as it was. It is about understanding why it is fitting to view the generation of men and women who won the war and wrote ...

Someone should have noticed sooner

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus, Ohio — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in ...

Finding the trigger is important

Last Friday’s mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians — while futile in achieving the desired result. On Friday, hours after ...

The census shouldn’t be altered

The Middletown Times Herald-Record on the 2020 census June 4 So it turns out that the motivation for adding a question on citizenship to the 2020 United States Census was all about depressing the return among minority populations so that Republicans could increase their advantage at the ...

Possible rewrite of the law needed

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise June3 Have legislators in Albany just erected a massive roadblock to treating the opioid scourge by eliminating bail for low-level drug offenses? It is entirely possible. Consider this situation — which isn’t really hypothetical because we have heard ...

Some politicians will say anything to get elected

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

Perhaps it is time to revisit

For most Americans, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land regarding abortion. Handed down in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ruling placed the federal government firmly in charge of regulating whether and in what circumstances women can have their pregnancies terminated. But for the ...

Policies have been shortsighted

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

Quit playing games

The New York Post on Robert Mueller’s recent Russia probe statements May 29 In what he clearly means to be his final statement on his investigation, special counsel Bob Mueller still insisted on having it both ways. But the bottom line remains the same: It’s over. Democrats ...

Doing more harm than good

Understand this about the $4.5 billion Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration this week: It could have prevented an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...

Let’s remember all of them

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

How was this a good idea?

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Cheers and Jeers

JEERS — To the Greater Johnstown School District School Board for its shameless act to try and influence voters during the vote on Tuesday for the $38.7 million budget that would have raised the tax levy by 35 percent. Instead of being able to directly enter the gymnasium at the initial ...

State must seek alternative forms of energy

The Middletown Times Herald-Record on New York’s rejection of a proposed natural gas pipeline May 20 The decision by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to reject a proposed 37-mile pipeline connecting natural gas fields in Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York is big ...

Short term insurance has benefits

The Wall Street Journal on the benefits of short-term health insurance House Democrats last week voted to reverse a Trump Administration rule that the left has branded as promoting “junk insurance.” So note that the vote arrives the same week as a fresh analysis about how short-term health ...