Editorials

There is a national shortage of mental health professionals, and it’s being felt locally. Southeastern North Carolina is seeing a shortage of all mental health providers. But the shortfall is particularly acute among psychiatrists, mental health providers who are medical doctors and can...
U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gave a speech Monday night that deserves to be heard or read by every American. McCain talked about what it means to be American, with all of its blessings and its obligations, and what America means to the world. McCain was being honored with the Liberty Medal of...
Federal and state officials need to be as aggressive in going after the pharmaceutical companies responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic as street-corner drug dealers. A story on the CBS news program “60 Minutes” reported that the distributors of prescription painkillers to pharmacies and...
“The Vietnam War,” Ken Burns’ excellent documentary on PBS, rolls on a long tide of excruciating memories. On film and with Peter Coyote’s stark narration, we see the ebb and flow of anguish and doubt that marked American foreign policy in Southeast Asia more than half a century ago, a flow of...
Put Satan on a birthday cake. Do it now. Add an upside down cross. Confrontational cake requests could improve our understanding of civil liberties, as defined by the U.S. Constitution. Consider the case of Jack Phillips, a well-known cake artist and founder of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood...
Siren call of the selfie: Sometime in the not-so-distant future, the human survivors will look into their iPhone37 instant history modules to determine why their species nearly became extinct. A pattern will emerge. Stupid humans falling off cliffs while attempting selfies. Stupid humans walking...
Harvey Weinstein used his dominant role as a Hollywood kingpin to demand sexual favors from young women, a decades-long pattern for him and, until a few days ago, a winning strategy. Some on Weinstein’s payroll and those who wanted to curry his favor enabled his behavior and silenced his victims...
As Coloradans gathered in churches, synagogues and temples this weekend, they created soft targets for potential mass killers the likes of the maniac who shot up the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. We know about it better than most in Colorado Springs, where an active shooter showed up...
Many Americans have spent months stewing about “fake news” and how social media can pump falsehoods and mean-spirited myths into everyday life. Yet the giants of modern information dissemination — Facebook, Google, YouTube and Twitter, for starters — were slow to address and, in Facebook’s case,...
Missouri’s Planned Parenthood affiliates expect to expand services across the state following a federal appeals court decision last week reversing state regulations on abortion. While they do that, abortion opponents should turn their attention to helping women prevent unintended pregnancies...

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