Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Political theater

Perhaps some liberal voters will be fooled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s “coup” on Monday. Thoughtful Americans will not. After a weekend “government shutdown” provoked by Schumer, D-N.Y., and fellow Democrat hardliners, the Senate voted Monday to approve a spending ...

Our Opinion: It’s swampy

Some in the media were blaming the current government “shutdown” on “dysfunction” in the U.S. Senate. That really is not the case. The Senate is functioning just fine — but many of its Democrats have decided to use the shutdown for political purposes. On the other hand, the ...

Our Opinion: Good for her

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she ...

Our Opinion: We’ll see

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Our Opinion: Creating insecurity

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister ...

Our Opinion: Say goodbye

Liberals such as those who inflicted the inaccurately named “Affordable Care Act” on Americans are fond of insisting they want to tax only “the rich.” But injuries and illnesses strike us all, rich or poor, and often, we count on technology to help us recover. The ACA’s authors, in ...

Our Opinion: Get rid of it

If you happen to need an X-ray during a trip to the hospital, you may pay more than necessary for it because of the misnamed “Affordable Care Act.” The same goes for treatment utilizing many other types of health care equipment. Blame the on-again, off-again tax on medical devices, which ...

Our Opinion: Don’t let them down

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

Our Opinion: There’s no doubt

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Our Opinion: Better than that

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Our Opinion: Something

Critics of President Donald Trump’s various proposals to crack down on illegal immigration say there is little need to do so. The number of people coming into our country illegally has dropped dramatically, they say. For a time, that may have been true. It is not, now. Judging by ...

Our Opinion: About that time

It is about time U.S. officials begin worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Our Opinion: More questions

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Our Opinion: Speed it up

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

Our Opinion: Dollars wasted

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

Our Opinion: Deluded

“Analysis” of elections sometimes must seem laughable to political pros. Take one conclusion some in the media are drawing from the Dec. 12 election in Alabama. In that contest, Democrat Doug Jones prevailed narrowly over Republican Roy Moore. Jones supports “abortion rights” laws. ...

Our Opinion: Enough

You may have seen the video posted on social media by the mother of Keaton Jones, 11, who attends a middle school near Knoxville, Tenn. In it, the little boy talks tearfully about being bullied in school. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to ...

Our Opinion: Brass ta(x)

Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this ...

Our Opinion: The right path

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The ...

Our Opinion: Apparently not

Learning that several members of Congress have been guilty of outrageous conduct involving women is bad enough because of the harm they did and the crimes some committed. Finding out some used taxpayers’ money in attempts to cover up their misdeeds is worse. But compounding the concern ...