Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Critically important

David Wright clearly is a troubled young man, perhaps in part because of a lack of intellectual energy. He is an American citizen, a resident of Everett, Mass. He also is a terrorist. Wright has been convicted of involvement in a terrorist scheme to behead a conservative blogger, Pamela ...

Our Opinion: What concern?

Proving once again it is a “do as we say, not as we do” bully, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is playing games with the residents of Minden, W.Va., who are worried about the levels of polychlorinated biphenyls left behind by the former Shaffer Equipment Company, which has been ...

Our Opinion: Nothing less

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such ...

Our Opinion: What’s the tab?

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to ...

Our Opinion: Why not?

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Our Opinion: The next step

Ending former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is an excellent first step to getting the United States back to a rational energy policy. A second, big step is imperative, however. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday he will ...

Our Opinion: At a premium

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order this week providing at least some relief from skyrocketing health insurance premiums that resulted from the Affordable Care Act. While the ACA — Obamacare — granted millions of Americans either free insurance through Medicaid or ...

Our Opinion: Get smart

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a back seat. On Wednesday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be ...

Our Opinion: Clean it up

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill ...

Our Opinion: A generalization

A CBS television network attorney, Hayley Getfman-Gold, had this to say, via social media, about the massacre at a country-western music concert in Las Vegas: “I’m actually not even sympathetic (because) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” CBS promptly and properly ...

Our Opinion: Awful truth

Already, the rumor mill is grinding out an assortment of allegations regarding the horrific massacre in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Among the most troubling — and, unfortunately, easy to accept — is that the mass murderer, Stephan Paddock, did not act alone. Firing from a 32rd floor ...

Our Opinion: All the facts

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s newspaper tells the story: At ...

Our Opinion: Half a loaf

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally, when a ...

Our Opinion: Show them

If “our security cannot be assured, the French team will stay at home,” declared French Sports Minister Laura Flessel, regarding the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Way to show the terrorists and bullies of the world they have not achieved their goals. Certainly the ...

Our Opinion: Win quickly

A major tax reform proposal was expected to be unveiled today by President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress. No tax bill is simple, of course. But what the foundation of what the White House and GOP lawmakers have outlined makes sense. It is simply to give middle-class ...

Our Opinion: ‘We’ need help

It is rare, but sometimes House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is right. She is this week, in calling for deployment of more military resources to aid the hurricane-ravaged islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pelosi, D-Calif., made the recommendation Monday, ...

Our Opinion: How’s it working out?

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Our Opinion: Their creation

For a fleeting second or two, it might have seemed possible to feel sorry for House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Or not. Pelosi’s problem Monday was of her own making. During an appearance in her home district, San Francisco, on Monday, Pelosi and a couple ...

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.” ...