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Editorials

A problem for those in charge

To date, most of the highly anticipated public testimony in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump has been anything but persuasive. Much of it has consisted of witnesses describing what other people told them occurred. One by one, “star” witnesses ...

Caroga Town Board special statement

On Oct. 17, 2019, the town was served with a lawsuit brought by John Livingston (Livingston lawsuit) to stop the referendum on Sherman’s and stop the sale of Sherman’s to the Caroga Arts Collective. It should be noted that in an email last year, Mr. Livingston advised the board that the ...

What to do with captured ISIS fighters?

One cannot blame the Turks for not wanting to be the world’s jailers for some of the most dangerous people on the planet. When Turkish forces invaded northern Syria to push back Kurdish separatists, they captured some facilities in which the Kurds were holding Islamic State terrorist ...

Not enough being done to ensure church is transparent

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore this week. Dealing with the elephant in the room ought to be at the top of their agenda. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who ...

Same policies should be in place for tobacco and e-cigarettes

Use of tobacco in all forms can be hazardous to one’s health. That is a fact, not open to dispute. Yet cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco are legal for sale in all 50 states, with some restrictions. That is a puzzle to many who wonder why federal laws intended to ...

Federal government dangerously out-of-touch with reality

Should one need further proof that the federal government and its bureaucracy are dangerously behind and out-of-touch with reality, take a look at the “revelation” presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. It turns out, childhood trauma — or Adverse ...

Honoring the Greatest Generation

Heroism virtually unimaginable for most of us was commonplace during World War II. Four hundred seventy-two men and women performed deeds so courageous and selfless that they were honored with the Medal of Honor. Just two of those representatives of the Greatest Generation remain among us ...

South Sudan silences a witness to its horrors

The New York Times Nov. 5 Not many international reporters brave the bloodshed and chaos of South Sudan to let the world know of the horrors taking place there. That suits the thugs who thrive on violence and chaos just fine: It is often reporting from the scene that helps generate the ...

Racism is still a problem in America

Just when you think it just may be possible that racism isn’t a problem anymore, the bigots remind us it is. An Associated Press story this week covered two events involving the late Emmett Till. Till was 14 when, in August 1955, he was visiting relatives in Mississippi. The black boy had ...

Action should be swift, total

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico this week - nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists - cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

America will have to do more

Wall Street Journal Nov. 5 The slaughter Monday of three Mormon women and six children, all American citizens who were longtime residents of Mexico, brings home a cruel reality of America’s neighbor to the south. Drug gangs control huge swathes of the country, and the government in Mexico ...

Pulling out of the accord

Contrary to popular belief, the United States has not pulled out of the Paris climate accords. But President Donald Trump’s first opportunity to do so is approaching — and he should seize it. Trump pledged during his campaign for president to remove the United States from the Paris ...

Good riddance, Beto O’Rourke

Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman from Texas who thought extremist demagoguery was the path to the presidency, has dropped out of the race for the Democratic Party nomination for that office. Good riddance. Politicians do not drop out of races until they have been convinced they have ...

Injecting an important note of realism into public discourse

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Pelosi should reconsider whether to proceed

For the first time, the full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. To date, it has been strictly a production of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues. Perhaps because of criticism the ...

A higher standard?

The resignation of U.S. Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., is being questioned by some observers who say she is being held to a higher standard than male members of Congress accused of wrongdoing. It is not dodging the issue to point out the answer to that is no. Hill resigned her position. She was ...

A target with no safe place

It is doubtful that ISIS — the Islamic State terrorist organization — was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a raid by U.S. forces in Syria. ISIS already had a succession plan in place ...

Once opened, Pandora’s box can never be closed

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. This week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...

Watch out for children

No doubt many adults are annoyed by reminders that we need to be on our toes to protect children in our communities. After all, we are adults, are we not? We don’t need to be told to watch out for the kids, do we? Apparently, we do, especially on the eve of Halloween. Children are twice as ...

A competition we can’t lose

We Americans have a habit of bragging about our feats of technology. Our chief economic and military rivals — namely Russia and China — seldom do. They prefer to keep their secrets. No one in this country is certain, then, how far the state-controlled economies of those nations have gone ...