Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Genuine

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Our Opinion: Hiding the truth?

Syrian officials insist they did not use chemical weapons against civilians on April 7. Russian and Iranian leaders back them up. One Russian official accused the United States, England and France of having an ulterior motive for their missile attack on Syria last week. It was an attempt to ...

Our Opinion: Diplomacy working

One chorus in which President Donald Trump’s critics delight in singing is that he is ruining our relationships with other countries. Not really. Consider what happened Friday and Saturday: That night, armed forces from the United States, England and France joined in an attack on chemical ...

Our Opinion: Bitter frame of mind

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

Our Opinion: Wait and see

Diplomats in many other countries learned the secret to good relations with the United States years ago: Tell the Americans what they want to hear. So the small victory President Donald Trump has won in the so-called “trade war” he initiated needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Time ...

Our Opinion: Priorities

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. Yet much more federal money ...

Our Opinion: My mistake

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Our Opinion: A reminder

Officials in Los Alamos, N.M., have turned down an offer to host a traveling exhibit on a subject both disturbing and important. It was near Los Alamos that, in 1945, a nuclear bomb was tested. That led to the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, that ended World War II. Use ...

Our Opinion: We have to do better

Some who remember the shock and horror of what happened 50 years ago today, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., may wonder how he would view the situation today. He would be enormously pleased at one aspect of the relationship between white Americans and ...

Our Opinion: Finding the key

London, England, is reminding Americans that gun control does not translate automatically to reducing violence. In London, where firearms limits are far stricter than in the United States, there were 37 homicides during February and March. In New York City, the number was 35. Thirty-one ...

Our Opinion: Made to pay

Larry Nassar deserves all the punishment the courts can pile on him. The former sports doctor is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison. Equally as despicable are those who knew something was amiss but failed to stop Nassar from sexually assaulting hundreds of college and Olympic ...

Our Opinion: Seriously

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean ...

Our Opinion: Leave no doubt

During the Ohio State Fair in Columbus last year, a thrill ride, the Fire Ball, broke apart. Several people were injured. An 18-year-old man was killed. The previous year, a water park in Kansas unveiled a 17-story water slide. A raft carrying a 10-year-old boy down it went airborne. An ...

Our Opinion: A pretty big bug

One of those “self-driving” cars struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz., on Sunday. She was crossing the street when she was struck by the vehicle, which was traveling at about 40 mph. Police said the vehicle, with a human in the driver’s seat but not operating the controls, did not ...

Our Opinion: Historic aid

Within a few years, we humans will have allowed another of the majestic creatures that once roamed the earth in great numbers to go extinct. It is the northern white rhinoceros, one of two subspecies of the white rhinoceros. The last known male of the subspecies, a 45-year-old named Sudan, ...

Our Opinion: Enforce laws

High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...

Our Opinion: We think it’s worthy of support

If something is posted on Facebook, it must be true, right? A story in Friday’s Times Observer – the possibility of a downtown hotel – drew quite the response online. Feedback was nearly unanimously opposed. A sampling of the comments: Why, the ones here are usually ...

Our Opinion: On notice

His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well why President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory ...

Our Opinion: With regularity

Members of Congress concerned about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayers’ money for travel received a dressing down from him Tuesday. At one point during a hearing, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked Zinke about spending $12,375 to charter a private jet for a flight from ...

Our Opinion: A good place to start

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced by U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. The two have ...