Our Opinion

Our Opinion: A new leaf

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Our Opinion: Every way

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Our Opinion: Reversal of fortune

Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly electric bills have gone up and ...

Our Opinion: Of little faith

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Our Opinion: Pakistan biggest threat?

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Our Opinion: Running wild

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a ...

Our Opinion: Not so fast

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted this week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election Assistance ...

Our Opinion: No one forget

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Our Opinion: That X factor

Love him or hate him, but please partake in what was shear beauty on Sunday night. You have to be fascinated in this world we live in... in what a human being such as Tom Brady can accomplish on a daily basis. Look no further than YouTube, and not the MTV folly video show Ridiculousness, to ...

Our Opinion: They are kids

What part of “the president’s young children are off-limits” do some entertainers not understand? The often-maligned news media gets it, and has for many years. Presidents and their grown sons and daughters are fair targets for journalistic coverage. But small children who happen to ...

Our Opinion: Standing firm

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald Trump’s ...

Our Opinion: The answer

The superintendent of schools does not want this decision made based on emotion. The question: Should the district eliminate the Youngsville football program? She is exactly right — this decision should not be based on emotion, but, you have to understand, so many of these questions in ...

Our Opinion: The sooners the better

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Our Opinion: Immigrant ban makes sense, needs planning

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Our Opinion: Already dead

Among the first actions President Donald Trump took Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s death ...

Our Opinion: Sooner is better

Several of President Donald Trump’s key nominees have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Even a few about whom partisan bickering was strident have been approved. But Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, continues to cool his ...

Our Opinion: Safety first

Many Americans are uncomfortably, personally aware of the need for pipelines, especially those carrying natural gas, to be constructed and maintained safely. Several pipeline accidents during the past few years make that clear. New guidelines issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials ...

Our Opinion: Forgotten meaning

One can hardly blame many Americans for their refusal to trust the news media, given the hysterical tone taken by some in major news outlets. Take the MSNBC television network. Not long after President Donald Trump made his inaugural speech on Friday, MCNBC star Chris Matthews took to the ...

Our Opinion: In a word, wrong

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

Our Opinion: Profiling campaign

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education, has a strange way of demonstrating the animosity toward gay people she is being accused by some of harboring. Back to that in a moment. Liberal critics of Trump have been shouting themselves ...