Our Opinion

Our Opinion: The great blueprint

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. Each year on Sept. 17, we celebrate Constitution Day. It is both a time for us to marvel at what ...

Correction

In a Sept. 15 editorial on page 4 of the Times Observer, “Adult in the room,” part of a written statement provided by Commissioner Cindy Morrison was incorrectly published as “... I might add that my house working would be far more efficient if my colleagues would share information.” ...

Our Opinion: Truth on coal mining

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...

Our Opinion: Adult in the room

We hate to admit it, but we were wrong. Just about two years ago, we did endorsements for commissioner. We endorsed Jeff Eggleston and Cindy Morrison as candidates. After what has transpired over the past 10 days, we couldn’t have been more wrong. Can we get a do-over? And endorse no ...

Our Opinion: Don’t forget

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Our Opinion: A better system

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Our Opinion: Failure to communicate

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has ...

Our Opinion: He needs to be stopped now

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

Our Opinion: Call us naive

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occurring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democrat lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it ...

Our Opinion: Real Americans

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as ...

Our Opinion: A sickness

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

Our Opinion: Count on it

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Our Opinion: Come down hard

School is about back in session in our area, and that means law enforcement agencies should become attack dogs on behalf of the children. Police and sheriff’s deputies should concentrate on speed limits in school zones and, at least until a no-tolerance message is sent, using additional ...

Our Opinion: Hope they listened

No doubt leaders of Afghanistan’s government were delighted to hear President Donald Trump’s speech Monday night. Let us hope they listened to all of it. Instead of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, regardless of the situation there, Trump plans to step up military action against ...

Our Opinion: No retreat

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald ...

Our Opinion: In harm’s way

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the weekend collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. The Navy also will look ...

Our Opinion: Safeguards

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Our Opinion: Not another day

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Our Opinion: Bravo, school board

Here we go again, will the athletic tail wag the academic dog? On Monday night, the Warren County School District’s board of directors voted unanimously to allow students who spend the majority of their school day at a school in order to take a class or classes not available at their home ...

Our Opinion: Blame act, not reaction

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...