Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Science

An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim President-elect Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during the next two years. It ...

Our Opinion: Discretion

It’s probably something that can’t be avoided. A team. A workforce. A school. Teenage girls! But, my, oh my, there are times social media should be avoided and avoided entirely. Based on the incident that happened at Monday’s Strong Vincent at Warren girls basketball game, the ...

Our Opinion: Not likely

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...

Our Opinion: Sacred promise

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Our Opinion: Starting at home

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators this week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

Our Opinion: Get over it

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

Our Opinion: Can’t be worse

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up with ...

Our Opinion: Distrust

President-elect Donald Trump was to be briefed Friday on what U.S. intelligence agencies know about alleged Russian efforts to influence the Nov. 8 election. Do not expect Trump to change his mind about the matter. He already has said he does not believe allegations Russian hackers released ...

Our Opinion: Disservice

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Our Opinion: Turnaround

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Our Opinion: Not so fast

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

Our Opinion: Pay… attention

Something long overdue appears to be happening in Montana. There, a company has been granted a license to construct a $1 billion electric energy project that amounts to a gigantic battery. Absaroka Energy of Bozeman, Mont., plans to build a 400-megawatt pumped storage facility. If completed, ...

Our Opinion: All year round

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Our Opinion: Creating mischief

In public, President Barack Obama has been exceedingly, commendably courteous toward President-elect Donald Trump. But in handling public affairs, it has been a different story. Since Trump won the election, Obama has been pushing to implement both domestic and international agendas with ...

Our Opinion: Out of the doldrums

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Our Opinion: Ethics, of course

One wonders why even before he becomes president, Donald Trump and his family are being criticized for certain potential ethics lapses. Not that the issues are not of genuine concern. They are — just as the very same questions should have been raised about Hillary Clinton when she was ...

Our Opinion: Apprehensive

Statisticians point out we Americans are more likely to die from falls in the bathtub or being struck by lightning than because of a terrorist attack. We shouldn’t worry so much about terrorism, we’re told. Roughly twice as many Americans have been killed by lightning as have perished in ...

Our Opinion: SS meltdown

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives a few days ago, by Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, probably will go nowhere. No one in Washington wants to touch the “third rail” of politics, after all. The title was bestowed years ago, by those convinced any tampering with the Social ...

Our Opinion: ‘Outsiders’

Many of the people President-elect Donald Trump has selected for top positions in his administration have no experience in the federal government. That is a terrible, dangerous thing, Trump’s critics charge. No, it is not. For many years, both Republican and Democrat presidents have filled ...

Our Opinion: Out in cold

Everyone on Capitol Hill seems to want to help retired coal miners whose health insurance and pensions are in dire jeopardy. But disagreement over how to do it may leave the miners and their families out in the cold. Time is running out. By Jan. 1, health care benefits for an estimated 16,300 ...