Editorials

Shutting our borders to Syrian refugees is a simpleminded solution to terrorist attacks that might ultimately be self-defeating. In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, governors from more than half the U.S. states announced they would stop welcoming Syrian refugees. In a letter...
In the latest in a series of minimum wage protests in recent years, fast food workers staged a one-day strike last week, and tens of thousands of workers and their supporters rallied in hundreds of U.S. cities to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The protests were organized by a group called...
It’s taken a few days to digest the carnage that took place Friday night in Paris, courtesy of the Islamic State. The death and injury toll and the specific, gory details of what happened, where and how, have been aired, posted and written repeatedly. We won’t revisit them. People have gathered...
The Islamic State made it quite clear in Paris on Friday that it is not contained, and that containment is not an effective strategy to combat this particularly bloodthirsty strain of terror. This latest attack on western soil should ignite a passionate commitment to destroy ISIS at its roots....
Reversal in the mortality rate for middle-aged white America begs a question: Why? Some studies yield such troubling findings that you just hope they’re wrong. But so far, no errors have surfaced in new mortality research on a subset of middle-aged white Americans. In short, too many are dying...
In the wake of the fallout from the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last year, President Barack Obama announced a three-year, $263 million community policing initiative, which included $75 million to help local law enforcement agencies purchase 50,000 body cameras. The Justice...
The fourth Republican debate showed the benefit of whittling down the participants from 11 to eight. The GOP hopefuls brought up themselves what we observed earlier: They agree that any of their tax-cut plans, despite differences on details, is better than the tax-raising proposals of Democratic...
We’re sure some of you have gauged your advancing years by the number of pill bottles in your medicine box or cabinet. Now, there’s actual data that shows more Americans than ever — and not just old folks — are taking prescribed drugs. The Journal of the American Medical Association recently...
Students’ reports of “mystery meat” and other complaints about the suspect quality of school cafeteria food are nothing new, but the outcry has gone to a whole new level since the introduction of the federal government’s new school lunch health standards in 2010. As a new U.S. Government...
Drones, those spidery little flying gizmos, suddenly seem to be everywhere; and judging from the store shelves, thousands will shortly be appearing under Christmas trees across the nation. Most of these are still at the toy stage, like radio-controlled mini-cars or model planes. Very quickly,...

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