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Editorials

No one wins when public policy becomes a juvenile joust

Much food for thought — and debate — was offered by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Among other things, Trump discussed the strong economy, including achievements such as the lowest unemployment rate for African-Americans on record. ...

Reform should place terrorism offenses in special category

Concern about overcrowded jails and prisons, combined with a laudable desire to give people who have made mistakes second chances in life, have prompted many Americans to rethink sentences for criminal offenses. That is occurring at the local, state and federal levels. Indeed, we need to ...

Failure of Iowa experiment doesn’t bode well for voters

Patience, urged Republican Party officials in Iowa earlier this week. Give the Democrats time to ensure results of political party caucuses on nominees for president are reported accurately. Give GOP officials credit for adopting a “there but for the grace of God go I” policy. But ...

Take pot legalization out of budget

The Auburn Citizen Jan. 26 It’s only a matter of time. All one has to do is look around the country and see the growing number of states to legalize recreational use of marijuana. A day will certainly come when that list includes New York. As we’ve said in the past, though, New York ...

Can we afford to be the world’s policeman?

The Associated Press reported last week that U.S. officials are considering reductions in the number of our military personnel in Africa, at a time when extremist violence is increasing on the continent. Such consideration is “a move that worries (U.S.) international partners who are working ...

Ensuring justice is color-blind a concern

It may be impossible to devise a foolproof safeguard against bias on the part of jurors in criminal trials. This week, Keith Tharpe reminded us why we need to keep trying. Tharpe, 61, died this week in a Georgia prison — still under a death sentence dating back to 1991. He was convicted ...

We should be more concerned about emerging diseases

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising, because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death toll in a ...

Remember playing in the snow?

Adirondack Daily Enterprise Jan. 29 At what age do kids stop wanting to play in the snow? Sure, they go back to it from time to time. There are moments when the most aloof teenager and stodgy grown-up revert to their 5-year-old selves — maybe to throw a snowball, sled down a hill or sink ...

Brazil calls Greenwald’s reporting a crime

New York Times Jan. 21 The Brazilian government’s filing of criminal charges against the American journalist Glenn Greenwald is an increasingly familiar case of shooting the messenger and ignoring the message. Mr. Greenwald is best known for his role in the release of national security ...

New Yorkers are right to remain nervous about Cuomo’s $179B budget

New York Post Jan. 21 Anyone worried about New York’s fiscal health couldn’t have been terribly reassured by the $179 billion budget Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out Tuesday. Cuomo called for no major tax hikes and kept the uptick in state operating costs to 1.9 percent. Good. Yet the ...

Waste and corruption in handling relief efforts

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Better recycling solutions needed

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

Politicians continue to assault the Second Amendment

Had 22,000 people showed up in Richmond, Virginia, to demand stronger gun control laws, it is a safe bet that proponents of them would pronounced the crowd to be conclusive proof most Americans want such restrictions. But when a group estimated at that size demonstrated on Monday against new ...

Those who resort to violence must be prosecuted and punished

On occasion, politics in our nation becomes an exercise in confrontation. Harsh words are exchanged. Voices are raised. But most of the time, people who disagree keep their distance, recognizing that the First Amendment is no excuse for violence. Last week, a judge in Cincinnati, Ohio, ...

Justice to young American who became a hero

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

How we pursue King’s dream will be taken note by children

This week, many Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached both an unceasing struggle against prejudice and discrimination and use of non-violent methods to win the battle. King’s high-profile leadership cost him his life. Others perished, too, during the struggle ...

Take impeachment seriously, senators

Jan. 14 It would be nice to have faith that, as the Senate prepares to receive the articles of impeachment against President Trump and gears up for its role in this rare and momentous process, it will do the right thing. Confronted with a mountain of evidence that an American president abused ...

Don’t let politics distract from what is really going on

If you doubt that too many Americans have become preoccupied with President Donald Trump, either favorably or unfavorably, consider a news report this week. It involved Russian computer hackers and Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company. “A cybersecurity company says Russian military ...

U.S. Senators should proceed with the trial

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by ...

Donating blood can help make a difference

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...