Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Political extortion

Liberal members of Congress and big-spending bureaucrats have found a foolproof way to get what they want, which is to milk taxpayers for all we are worth, and then some. It is simple: Merely threaten a “government shutdown.” After he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, ...

Our Opinion: No sweet deal

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

Our Opinion: Caught off-guard

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to ...

Our Opinion: Remember

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Our Opinion: Dogs and ponies

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un probably has never heard the term “dog and pony show.” Nevertheless, he is engaging in one. A group of journalists from several countries, including the United States, has been invited to watch North Korean workers dismantle a nuclear weapons testing ...

Our Opinion: Stand up

Exactly what triggered Friday’s murderous rampage by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at his school in Santa Fe, Texas, has not been determined. But this week, his father speculated the boy may have been bullied in school. School officials say they have investigated allegations Pagourtzis was ...

Our Opinion: Why suffer

You may remember the environmental scare over chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) three decades ago. They were destroying the ozone layer in the earth’s atmosphere, we were told. They had to be banned. And so they were, through international agreements beginning in 1987. CFCs were taken out of ...

Our Opinion: Approve the bill

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

Our Opinion: If not now, when? 

We’ve had a day to step back and reflect on Monday evening’s meeting of the Warren County School District board of directors. We’ve digested the fact that kids will be dropping out of school in droves if they lose their high school bands. We’ve stomached the fact that roughly one ...

Our Opinion: Dangerous

As former President Barack Obama reduced emphasis on space exploration during his administration, we were among those warning of the danger of doing away with a self-contained program. Too much reliance on Russia and other nations to handle space-related tasks could be dangerous, we ...

Our Opinion: Painting into corners

Former President Barack Obama and his aides were very good at one thing — painting the nation into corners. They did it with health care, their campaign against coal and affordable electricity, and their deal with Iran. Irreparable damage was done in every case. It remains for President ...

Our Opinion: Unacceptable

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Our Opinion: How important?

Red wolves once were common in Southeast states. By 1980, they were considered extinct in the wild. That resulted in establishment of a captive breeding program meant to establish a new population of the animals in an area of eastern North Carolina. In 1987, the captive breeding program began ...

Our Opinion: Our schools need to be

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating ...

Our Opinion: More power?

Big government’s standard answer for any problem is to insist it needs more power, usually in the form of additional burdensome regulations. Time and time again, however, the public sees clearly that the problem is ineffective enforcement of existing rules. The ongoing scandal involving ...

Our Opinion: Tough stand

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt what, at first glance, may seem to be a ...

Our Opinion: Too long

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a year. On ...

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 ...