Editorials

A plan is needed

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Mueller report about ready

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Bail reform is a good idea

The Daily Star on bail reform Feb. 19 There is a huge income inequity in jails in New York. Those who are poor and arrested on a minor crime often end up sitting in jail until trial because they can’t scrape together the money for bail. But those who have the funds can be out as soon as ...

Give her the same respect

One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A few ...

Gun laws need to be enforced

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Put the brakes on

Slapping stiff import duties on imported cars and light trucks would almost certainly set off a trade war handicapping U.S. automakers. Yet President Donald Trump reportedly is considering such action — in the name of national security. Perhaps the president thinks tariffs would help ...

A real opportunity

While some ultra-liberal members of Congress are advocating crazy, impossible initiatives such as the “New Green Deal,” some of their peers are going quietly about the business of doing something productive about climate change. Last week, U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Scott ...

Be prepared for outcome

The Times Herald-Record on sports gambling Feb. 12 The Alliance of American Football kicked off its premier season over the weekend. Well, that’s not quite accurate because this new professional football league does not believe in kickoffs. It also does not believe in kicking extra ...

Give the president credit

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump, unlike his predecessor, is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is ...

State roads

The Observer-Dispatch on state infrastructure Feb. 10 State Sen. Joseph Griffo isn’t just spouting political bluster when he says there needs to be parity between downstate and upstate when it comes to infrastructure investments. The facts back him up. ∫ Three years ago a state ...

When will it reach the breaking point?

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

A tale of two counties

Guest editorial I seem to be caught in a “Tale of Two Counties” mystery. On Feb. 1, I attended the “State of the County” and heard a finally woven de piction of statistics which presented Fulton County as a financially solid, forward looking and economically vital county. On the ...

The people will know who to blame

When winning at all costs becomes the primary objective of politicians, the American people suffer. Important initiatives are not undertaken. Bad things can happen. During much of the so-called “government shutdown,” it appeared that both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy ...

Medicare for all won’t work

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour, he visited New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, ...

Obesity needs to be addressed

The Day Feb. 5 For all but the recent fraction of their history, the challenge facing humans was finding enough food to survive. That remains a problem for about 795 million people globally who do not have enough food to lead healthy lives. Yet in much of the developed world the modern ...

Fulton County needs proactive approach

Guest editorial By GREGORY YOUNG Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced more than $2 billion in funding to combat homelessness across the country, but none of that money will be coming to Fulton County due to local government inaction. A cover story in ...

Race relations a challenge

It is easy to understand why some Virginians may not be paying the same amount of attention as they would in a normal year to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Residents of the Old Dominion have their own political preoccupation this week. Credit Gov. Ralph Northam for ...

The cost of carbon

The Times Union Feb. 5 The operator of New York’s power grid is considering a pricing system that accounts for the “social cost of carbon.” The step is one among many needed to stave off a looming global catastrophe. The drumbeat of distressing climate-change news keeps coming. ...

Are promises being kept?

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Solution not complicated

President Donald Trump may have much to say on a great number of topics Tuesday, when he delivers his postponed State of the Union speech. But many listeners, perhaps including the woman who will be seated directly behind Trump, will be listening closely for comments on a single subject: “the ...