Editorials

Looking at the same sky

The Kennebec Journal April 19 Maybe it’s the night sky, how it’s so clear you can see our solar system and beyond in all its celestial glory. Whatever it is, something’s drawing Mainers toward the stars. Since Yuri Gagarin in 1961 became the first human to enter into orbit, fewer ...

Advancing our understanding

The Akron Beacon Journal April 19 What happened, exactly? That has been the question needing an answer at least since American intelligence agencies reported the Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election, first seeking to sow discord and aggravate divisions, then favoring Donald ...

United front must be established

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

How did this happen?

When California sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home of David and Louise Turpin last year, they found what some have described as “a house of horrors.” First, the deputies had to unshackle the Turpins’ 22-year-old son from the bed to which he had been chained. Then, they had to get ...

Kim is playing deadly game

What was North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s game Wednesday, in publicizing the fact his military had test-fired a new type of rocket? That is difficult to discern — but it is clear his intent was not to reassure anyone he is eager to dismantle his arsenal. One interesting aspect of the ...

Think of the impact on small farms

The Daily Star on the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act A state senator from Queens is leading an effort to bring the rights of farmworkers on par with other workers in the state. Sen. Jessica Ramos has introduced the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, which would grant collective ...

Trump should have let matters run their course

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

More than timber and stone lost in Notre Dame

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

A spoiled, dangerous man

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons, ...

Seek the federal funds

President Donald Trump revealed two pieces of big news Friday — one of them of enormous importance to millions of Americans who do not yet enjoy technology taken for granted by many of their neighbors. Some of those second-class tech citizens live right here in our state. Trump talked about ...

If it occurred, we need to know

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress this week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Why didn’t we get 40% pay raises?

The Niagara-Gazette on pay raises for state politicians April 4 Raise your hand if you got a 40 percent raise this year. Raise both hands if you ever received a 40 percent pay hike in your entire life. How many struggling New York business owners, homeowners and residents could raise ...

Military intervention would be imprudent

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. Many Americans feel sympathy for them. But there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help the Venezuelans. Thus far — at least, to the ...

Cohen’s cheap sordid tricks

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded ...

Cuban leaders still committed to Castro-Style rule

Former President Barack Obama seemed to believe that treating Cuba’s totalitarian regime as if it were not an enemy of liberty would encourage the country’s leaders to live up to our chief executive’s hopes. That did not happen. News of a breakthrough in allowing Cubans at least some ...

If Homeland Security needs help, it should be forthcoming

Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen’s resignation Sunday had tongues wagging all over Washington and in the news media. Why did she step down? Personal differences between her and President Donald Trump? One of those power struggles among White House aides? Frustration that her ...

Albany showed some initiative

Newsday on the beginning of the New York state legislative season April 1 New York voters put every elective body of state government and six of Long Island’s nine Senate seats in the hands of the Democratic Party in November. Now, after a bumpy run-up and a few missteps, the state has a ...

Limits on firearms can create victims

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California ...

Ban is a way to tax the people more

New York politicians have given Americans one more reason to be leery of so-called “environmental” initiatives. Too often, they are grabs for money and power. A new state budget adopted by the Empire State’s legislature included a ban on use of plastic bags. Liberal lawmakers call it a ...

Come to your senses

Democrats on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee are playing a dangerous political game. In doing so, they threaten the nation’s security, as well as a time-honored facet of the justice system. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of whether President ...