Opinion

Looking at the same sky

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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?

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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, ...

Smaller schools are the solution

Letters to the Editor

They will never stop a lot of “big shots and big wigs.” Love them so they can “feather their nest.” It use to be an honor to serve our country. Not now, look out, “there are a lot of wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Our New York state Thruway was supposed to be paid for by dues. ...

A little ironic sarcasm on huggers and sniffers

Letters to the Editor

I never thought it would happen to me, but the police finally caught me—the “politically correct” police, that is. The crime: friendliness— "The act of being a friend and showing it.” Now I have to “un-friend’ someone. It’s hard because I hate to lose a friend. I don’t have ...

Seek the federal funds

Editorials

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 ...

America can be totally carbon-free in energy arena

Letters to the Editor

Daily we hear politicians touting green plans to save the planet by banning things like hair spray, plastic bags and plastic straws. Good for sound bites in the media maybe but not doing much for the people or the planet. It is time to get serious about the carbon emissions in the USA and to ...

Leader-Herald carrier helped save husband’s life

Letters to the Editor

My husband and I would like to thank our Leader-Herald carrier for what he did on March 14. My husband was trying to move his plow around in the yard when the truck jumped out of gear and backed over his legs leaving him helpless on the ice and water covered ground. If it had not been for ...

If it occurred, we need to know

Editorials

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?

Editorials

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 ...

We need to support the GJSD Budget

Letters to the Editor

Recently I expressed specific concerns regarding the GJSD’s proposed 2019-2020 budget and associated tax levy increase. Since that time, I met with Superintendent Patricia Kilburn and Assistant Superintendent Ruthie Cook to discuss my concerns. They addressed each of them. First, a final ...

Military intervention would be imprudent

Editorials

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 ...