Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Reign them in

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last ...

Our Opinion: Sanctioning Kim

Leaders of most countries would buckle under the weight of economic sanctions such as those the United Nations is preparing to implement against North Korea. If fully effective, the punitive steps could slash that nation’s exports by as much as one-third. President Donald Trump and other ...

Our Opinion: Stripping funds for enforcement is not the answer

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to ...

Our Opinion: Drunken sailor spending

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in ...

Our Opinion: Great escape

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Our Opinion: Not an option

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is well aware of the powerlessness of leaders in this country and others upset about his ongoing repression of his own people. Despite enormous oil reserves, Venezuela’s economy is a shambles and Maduro’s regime is in the process of making liberty no more ...

Our Opinion: Too emotional

The realities of politics and human behavior being what they are, it is time for U.S. senators — and President Donald Trump — to take a break from attempts to reform health insurance. Emotions are running far too high to expect that holding lawmakers’ noses to the grindstone would result ...

Our Opinion: Show leadership

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal deficit of ...

Our Opinion: Picture little Charlie Gard

Little Charlie Gard may have passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he ...

Our Opinion: We can’t ignore

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

Our Opinion: The drawing board

If you have a private health insurance policy, would you call your agent and cancel it just because there is a small chance you might find something better? Of course not. That would be crazy. At some point after your policy lapsed, you would be prey for anyone eager to sell you any ...

Our Opinion: When we see one

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Our Opinion: Put a lid on it

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ...

Our Opinion: Reassured

Enormous challenges lie ahead in rebuilding Mosul, Iraq, after many months of occupation by Islamic terrorists. But liberation of the city last week spotlighted an incredibly important turning point in the war against murderous extremist groups. Once a city of 3 million people, Mosul was ...

Our Opinion: Many flaws

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solid against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill. But the setback has ...

Our Opinion: Damage being done

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Our Opinion: Russian doings

Of course contacts between Russian officials attempting to influence last year’s presidential election and those around President Donald Trump need to be investigated. That would be a perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Moscow’s meddling in our affairs. It is strange — ...

Our Opinion: Rising from the basement

Interest rates will be allowed to continue rising, but gradually, later this year, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told members of Congress on Wednesday. The economy is improving, meaning the Fed’s longstanding policy of holding interest rates at basement levels is no longer ...

Our Opinion: Business as usual

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge we have to do that makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical ...

Our Opinion: Amen to that

Stories of courage exhibited by local residents helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide ...