Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Behave

U.S. relations with Turkey are among the knotty foreign policy challenges President Donald Trump faces. The country is an important ally against both Islamic terrorists and Russia. But even in such a critical relationship, there are lines that U.S. officials cannot allow Turkey to cross. ...

Our Opinion: Wagging the academic dog

Today’s word of the day… CONUNDRUM. Why is that today’s word? The Warren County School District Board of Directors finds itself in ... that word. The communities in Warren County have spoken loud and clear. THEY WANT THEIR HIGH SCHOOLS! BUT... and it’s a big but... In a ...

Our Opinion: Justice?

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, released from prison Wednesday under a clemency order signed by former President Barack Obama, will be eligible for various benefits including military health care, at least for a time, the Army has revealed. Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was ...

Our Opinion: His undoing

North Korean dictator Kim Song Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. During ...

Our Opinion: Creating chaos

Rules are rules. Bending them beyond some reasonable point risks creating chaos. Somehow, giving poor kids a break despite the fact some adult filled in a federal form using the wrong typeface or with incorrect margins doesn’t seem like it would create a problem. Some members of ...

Our Opinion: Showing courage

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Our Opinion: Big blanket

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

Our Opinion: Sort of

So, Hillary Clinton is writing a book, perhaps offering her take on the 2016 presidential election. And, as she told an interviewer this week, she accepts responsibility for losing to Donald Trump. Sort of. “It wasn’t a perfect campaign. There’s no such thing,” Clinton told a ...

Our Opinion: The hypocrisy

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which ...

Our Opinion: Learn from mistakes

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When the atrocity that is ...

Our Opinion: Eyes open

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation last week in Steubenville, Ohio, may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual ...

Our Opinion: Butt out

Members of Congress expected to begin debating a new plan to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance fiasco are being warned that may violate international law. Seriously. A United Nations functionary said so, in a letter to the U.S. State Department. Dainius Puras, who is ...

Our Opinion: Right thing

U.S. senators will go along with a plan to assure more than 22,000 retired miners and their families their health insurance will not be cut off in a few days, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told reporters Wednesday. He added that President Donald Trump supports the action. That leaves just one ...

Our Opinion: We’re listening

Here’s the gist (and we realize this is going to come off a bit snarky, but bare with us): Kudos to the Warren County School Board (and this isn’t the snarky part)... Kudos to the Warren County School Board for advance planning. And kudos to the Warren County School Board for addressing ...

Our Opinion: On the defensive

President Donald Trump’s critics insist he does not understand Washington politics and insists on getting his own way too often for the country’s good. Oh, really? Trump had been requesting that Congress approve funding to start work on a barrier to illegal immigrants crossing our ...

Our Opinion: Don’t sleep on education

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children ...

Our Opinion: Point well taken

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

Our Opinion: Curtain drawn

Some of what Americans knew about former President Barack Obama came through knowledge of visitors welcomed to the White House. Many represented ultra-liberal points of view. Now, however, President Donald Trump reportedly plans to keep White House visitor logs confidential. He should alter ...

Gorsuch the right choice

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means ...

Our Opinion: Measured action

It did not take long for our nation’s enemies to learn that when former President Barack Obama warned certain actions would constitute crossing a “red line,” they had nothing about which to worry. “Red line” after “red line” was crossed with no consequences. That no longer is ...