Editorials

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...
Until Donald Trump’s election as president, the Office of Government Ethics had been a fairly obscure agency that supervised conflict of interest standards within the federal government. It is no longer fairly obscure, and when its director resigns, as Walter M. Shaub Jr., did last week, it is...
The more people talk about this, the more children will be protected as they rush toward adulthood. At age 11 or 12, most American kids are just on the edge of puberty. Girls are wrapping up their last growth spurt; boys tend to still be growing. They may be trying their parents’ patience in...
The company that is building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline no doubt wishes Energy Secretary Rick Perry had been right last week when he explained the law of supply and demand. At a coal-fired power plant in West Virginia on Thursday, Perry dismissed worries about the future of coal by...
We don’t care what it costs because a real magic wand can magically pay for itself. If The Gazette’s editorial board can find the desired wand, the first order of business — after demanding the device pay for itself — will be elimination of poverty. In fact, we will order the wand to make...
Anyone in the United States who has been disturbed by a robocall during dinner might feel a certain schadenfreude when they hear that a scam artist who conducted those calls on a shocking scale faces a $120 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission. Here’s hoping this is only the FCC...
Eleven-month-old Charlie Gard is desperately ill with a rare genetic disorder. He can’t breathe or move on his own. He’s blind and deaf. He suffers from epileptic seizures. Doctors in London say his illness can’t be treated effectively and that he likely will die soon after life support is...
Liberals have won enough big battles in America’s culture wars in recent years — most notably the rapid and still growing support for same-sex marriage — that they may have persuaded themselves that their views were universal and their victories would continue. But as two new Supreme Court...

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