Editorials

Military veterans of the war on terrorism deserve a memorial. Let’s hope they don’t have to wait as long for it as World War II veterans did theirs. Pittsburgher Andrew Brennan, an Army veteran who flew helicopters in Afghanistan, has been promoting the idea of a national memorial in Washington...
When it seems anyone can say or write almost anything and have it published on the internet, recent events offer reminders that the freedom of expression is not universal. The Financial Times first reported this week that the Chinese government has banned Winnie the Pooh’s likeness and name on...
When the Ringling Bros. circus was founded, Ulysses S. Grant was president and the South was in the middle of Reconstruction. The storied act sadly came to an end in May. Ringling, after years of harassment from animal rights activists, couldn’t keep the show running. Activists are already...
If you are a college student or graduate, or the parent of one, you might find a poll released last week interesting. LendEDU, a group that tracks the student loan industry, found millennials believe by a 70-30 margin that student loan debt is a bigger threat to the U.S. than North Korea. The...
The U.S. Senate, once labeled the world’s “greatest deliberative body,” has failed to create a satisfactory alternative to the Affordable Care Act — in part because of a lack of deliberation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that his partisan, behind-the-scenes effort to “...
President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget eliminates a student loan program that wipes away education debt for some students who go to work as police officers, nurses or in other public service jobs. That’s bad news for a program that has been generally successful and is popular. The good news is that...
There are enough problems with U.S. elections without having to make them up. The Presidential Advisory Commission for Voter Integrity was created on the false premise that millions of illegal voters cost President Donald Trump the popular vote. Actual evidence has found tiny numbers of non-...
After more than eight months of fighting, U.S.-backed Iraqi forces last week succeeded in liberating Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city — from the barbaric Islamic State group. There was also a report from a human rights group with a good record of insights into the Syrian civil war that IS leader...
News from The Wall Street Journal says, “Despite a 17 percent plunge in prices since April, drillers are on pace to break the all-time U.S. oil production record, topping 10 million barrels a day by early next year if not sooner, according to government officials and analysts.” The U.S. oil rig...
We are coming undone. The rate of opioid abuse is surging. Everywhere, it seems. Rates of poverty remain high, even in some of the state’s most prosperous cities. At the same time, access to mental health care is limited and both the lack of Medicaid expansion and the move to repeal the...

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