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Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Intolerance — on both sides

It has been pointed out that President Donald Trump’s attack on four Democratic congresswomen may have been calculated for political reasons. That is, Trump may have hoped outrage over his tweet would show his base that moderate Democrats have more in common with their party’s radicals ...

Our Opinion: It’s a problem for Mexico too

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

Our Opinion: This needs to be explained

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York, on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Our Opinion: The world is watching

Trust that Roman Catholic Church officials will do the right thing about allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is in question in many countries, not just the United States. What Pope Francis and others in the Catholic hierarchy do about the matter is watched closely ...

Our Opinion: It’s a tough issue

It’s easy to understand why opponents of Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania are wary regarding the apparent “compromise” legislation that passed the state Senate on June 26, sending it to the House of Representatives for consideration. The obvious basis for concern is that Sunday hunting, ...

Our Opinion: Something isn’t right

Still think we haven’t painted ourselves into a corner in this country with the taxpayer-funded public assistance programs that now keep so many families afloat? A study by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation shows 20% of Buckeye State businesses have had problems with ...

Our Opinion: It’s a public health issue

Substance abuse is both a personal crisis and a public health challenge. Resources to battle it need to be viewed in that light. If a new study of how people purporting to be heroin users are treated by some health care providers is any guide, relatively minor federal policy changes could ...

Our Opinion: Today, we celebrate

What comes after the phrase, “and the pursuit of happiness ...”? Today, we Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Our focus is what the document meant — the creation of a new nation. But what the document itself says about the Founders and about what they intended ...

Our Opinion: More help, not less

One popular housing program for low-income Americans has a provision that, at first glance, makes a lot of sense. It stipulates that people living in certain housing units meant for low-income tenants cannot be full-time students. If they switch to part-time status to keep their low-cost ...

Our Opinion: The thought is staggering

Ebola sometimes seems like a nightmare that will not go away. It is a truly horrible disease, killing about half of those who contract it. Here in the United States, where the very few people who have contracted Ebola receive the very best of care, the illness can be less serious. But in ...

Our Opinion: Swim with common sense

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...

Our Opinion: No more Hail Marys

“And if he dies, he dies.” — Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) Or, probably better said... “We spend a lot of time as a board talking about participation,” school board member Joe Colosimo said. “Each and every year we find another way to put a band-aid on it. We’re in charge. At some ...

Our Opinion: High on the agenda

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives– some possibly affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by ...

Our Opinion: Advantage, Trump

The past week has provided plenty of proof that beating Donald Trump in 2020 is going to be a lot harder than the Democrats (and their cheerleaders in the media and Hollywood) would like to believe. Let’s start with his rally in Orlando last Tuesday. That was the official announcement of ...

Our Opinion: Don’t trivialize concentration camps

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...

Our Opinion: Not a disqualification

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into cancer. That ...

Our Opinion: Bloomberg’s take on America’s energy policies are misguided

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week his philanthropic foundation will spend $500 million to close as many coal-fired power plants as possible. He also wants Americans to stop building new gas-fired power plants. Period. Bloomberg claims the move is needed to ...

Our Opinion: ‘The least we can do’

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Alabama. Lots of other people ...

Our Opinion: A day worth celebrating

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebrated by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, to be observed on Wednesday (June 19). It is a celebration of the end of slavery ...

Our Opinion: Finding answers to the questions

Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are gathered in Baltimore this week, with a discussion of sex abuse scandals on the agenda. They should be asking questions — assuming they do not already know the answers — about a related skeleton that came out of the church’s ...