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Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Proceed with caution

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any other ...

Our Opinion: Not made in America

Sources ranging from the CIA to the Census Bureau disagree on how reliant we Americans are on drugs and medical equipment imported from China. Extend that to international agencies and the variances are even greater. For example, some sources place China far down on the list of countries ...

Our Opinion: ‘You’re not Superman…’

It is difficult, frankly, to view people refusing to join the rest of us in attempting to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus as anything but spoiled brats. The vast majority of them appear to be young. We see some particularly disturbing and infuriating news coming from abroad. In Germany, ...

Our Opinion: No substitute

For millions of American students, public schools have been closed since mid-March. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for many children. There is a reason we still ...

Our Opinion: Drastic measures

Elderly people with underlying medical conditions are most at risk of dying from COVID-19. They also are the men and women most likely to be residents of nursing homes. Experience during the past couple of weeks has demonstrated that outbreaks in nursing homes can serve as beach heads for the ...

Our Opinion: We will rebound

On Feb. 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange stood at 29,551 points. By last Friday, it had plunged to 21,636. Though the DJIA is just one measure of the value of securities worldwide, it is one seen widely as a guide to performance of the markets in general. ...

Our Opinion: Clear and critical

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Not just some people

The darkest nights produce the brightest stars. With COVID-19 gripping at the United States, we’re still facing some dark nights. But as a nation, we will overcome. We must take a second and find those brightest stars because there is where inspiration is found. The Warren County School ...

Our Opinion: Timing is everything

Millions of dollars in stock transactions on behalf of five U.S. senators have raised serious questions about their ethics — and whether they broke laws against insider trading. Clearly, the matter needs to be investigated, but not as a witch hunt with the preconceived notion that someone ...

Our Opinion: May well be worse

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our atmosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...

Our Opinion: To the rescue

Many local business people — and their employees — will get through the COVID-19 epidemic with their physical health intact but their finances less intact. For restaurants and bars, the damage could be severe because of closure orders. Restaurants are permitted to serve carry-out ...

Our Opinion: Time to get creative

It is easy, right now, to get a little caught up in the anxiety that comes with the official effort to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. Certainly no one could be blamed for indulging in a little worry. But once we’ve got that out of our system, life is going to look very different for ...

Our Opinion: If you are able

COVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions. American Red Cross officials say about 50 blood drives that had been planned across the ...

Our Opinion: If they must occur

By Thursday, 1,561 schools throughout the United States had been closed because of concern that keeping them open might help COVID-19 — the coronavirus — spread. Both at the local level in our area and among state officials, the COVID-19 situation is being watched warily. It may prove ...

Our Opinion: Why so suspicious?

Big tobacco lied for many years about the adverse health effects associated with its product. We know that. It has been proven in court through billions of dollars in settlements by some companies. The same goes for some in the drug industry, who knew even as they were reaping windfall ...

Our Opinion: Don’t go off the deep end

If the booming stock market during the past couple of years has prompted you to consider whether your 401K will permit early retirement, forget it. Stocks, and thus pension funds on which many Americans rely, have taken a beating during the past month. How bad is it? During the month that ...

Our Opinion: Not the world’s policeman

A peace agreement signed recently between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

Our Opinion: Leave the donkey alone

Is the risk worth the reward? Is the juice worth the squeeze? “Is donkey basketball cruel?” It’s one of the first things you read when you type “Donkey basketball” in a Google search. Or... “The Dark Side of Donkey Basketball”; “Donkey Basketball: Cruelty on the ...

Our Opinion: If that happens…

Prospects for an agreement that could lead to withdrawal of all American troops from Afghanistan are “very promising,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Saturday. U.S. emissaries have been talking with leaders of the Taliban organization, which once ruled Afghanistan, for ...

Our Opinion: Well-intrenched

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...