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Editorials

We have given the tools — it is up to them to use them

A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

Scouting will recover — we hope

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the scouts became victims of the adults they and ...

COVID-19 is reason for concern

So, how worried should I be about COVID-19? What do I need to do to keep myself and my loved ones safe? There is reason for concern about COVID-19, the coronavirus that has spread to 50 countries after breaking out in China. As of Thursday morning, the disease had killed about 2,800 people. ...

COVID-19 is one more of any number of wake-up calls

A key indicator of confidence in the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange, dropped by more than 1,000 points Monday — primarily because of fear about a cousin of the common cold. It is COVID-19, the name public health officials have given to the strain of ...

The example Johnson set will live on

Though she lived an incredibly full 101 years, the death of Katherine Johnson came as a bit of a surprise — and some sadness. Giants like she was seem as though they will be with us forever. And Johnson was, truly, an American giant. Despite all the challenges that came with being born a ...

Will the #MeToo movement stop with Weinstein?

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. This week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March 11. ...

Trump pardons, commutations send clear signal

Newsday Feb. 18 Presidents have the constitutional right to pardon whomever they choose. That power has led to questionable decisions by presidents from both parties over many years. And those chosen for mercy or redemption say something about the presidents who make them. That’s the ...

New Yorkers caught in immigration dispute

Post Star Feb. 16 We wondered if it was possible to take a stand on the state’s “Green Light Law” without getting into a knock-down, drag-out debate about United States immigration policies. Probably not, but we were game to try. The “Green Light Law” passed by the New York ...

Spectrum must improve communication and redundancy

Syracuse Post-Standard Feb. 18 New York regulators should hold Spectrum’s feet to the fire over its poor response to a service interruption affecting 2 million customers in the Northeast earlier this month. Spectrum’s TV, internet and phone services went down Feb. 7 and 8 when snow ...

‘Red flag’ laws need to be handled with care

So-called “red flag” laws have been suggested by some as at least a partial answer to keeping firearms away from those who might use them to harm themselves or others. But experiences in Florida, which has had such a statute for nearly three years, indicate a variety of concerns about ...

Avenatti downfall ought to be a lesson

Political controversy is seen by some people not burdened by consciences solely as an opportunity for fame and fortune. It seems attorney Michael Avenatti belongs in that category. Avenatti’s big chance came when the California attorney latched onto a prize client: Stephanie Clifford, more ...

Reliance on new technology can be risky

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

If officials agree to withdrawl, Taliban will continue attacks

Prospects for an agreement that could lead to withdrawl of all American troops from Afghanistan are “very promising,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Saturday. U.S. emissaries have been talking with leaders of the Taliban organization, which once ruled Afghanistan, for ...

New diseases may be biggest threat to humankind

China’s experience with the deadly new coronavirus labeled COVID-19 has “bought the world time” to plan our own strategies against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization commented a few days ago. Well, yes. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is correct about ...

Dislike of U.S., others appears well-intrenched

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...

Cyber war needs to be taken seriously

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

What can we do about attacks on officers, deputies and troopers?

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

Coronavirus most recent in long series of alarms

Public health officials in China seemed cautiously hopeful Sunday that the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus may be on the decline. They explained that the number of new cases reported during the 24 hours ending at midnight Saturday was noticeably lower than the report for the previous 24 ...

Iowa experience ought to be viewed as a warning for apps

These days, it seems as if there is an “app” for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

New weapons necessary for national security

For generations, the U.S. nuclear arsenal was viewed as the ultimate deterrent. No one would dare attack us, we thought, out of fear of massive retaliation. But deterrence requires that a potential foe believe we might use powerful weapons. The very strength of some nuclear devices makes that ...