Editorials

Everyone who supports President Donald Trump is racist. So said a local Facebook troll going all in with the fashionable new tool for casting political opponents as monsters. We have all seen the propensity of friends, neighbors and colleagues to thoughtlessly charge “racism” when someone...
America is ramping up its troop strength in Afghanistan again. Not to the dramatic, six-figure force we once had there, but something close to a 50 percent increase, depending on which numbers we use. The numbers can be deceptive — and it turns out that was intentional. There was something of a...
The United States’ lengthy economic recovery and low unemployment rate seem to be promising signs, but cracks in the foundation reveal some concerns for the future. While the official unemployment rate has hit a 16-year low, at 4.3 percent, the “U-6” underemployment rate, which includes those...
Anyone who was in this area for Opal, Erin, Dennis or Ivan — or any of their predecessors — knows the drill. You watch and you wait and sometimes you get the brunt of a major storm and sometimes it slides by. With the future track of Hurricane Irma uncertain, folks in Northwest Florida have...
The violent conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, two weeks ago has reignited an old, ongoing debate: How appropriate are public displays that commemorate the Confederacy? Some have attempted to answer the question in a most inappropriate way: by taking matters into their own hands — tearing...
Given events of the past two weeks, it is worthwhile to recall that Aug. 28th was the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s unforgettable “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Voluble activists, social media trolls and some in the national media may suggest our current epoch is...
As expected, President Donald Trump used a speech in Springfield, Mo., Wednesday to kick off his campaign for tax reform. He offered no details, only stilted rhetoric about “pro-growth and pro-American” reforms that would “bring back Main Street.” The U.S. tax code badly needs reform. But White...
As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to ravage Houston, there’s a bit of good news amid the deluge: Congress looks likely to help out its victims without much fuss. Providing relief to victims of natural disasters was once a fairly noncontroversial function of government. Every state recognized...
The massive flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath highlights the need to prepare areas near the coasts for destructive storms fueled by climate change. Scientists are hesitant to link any specific storm to climate change, but a warming planet exacerbates conditions that...
Marijuana advocates can no longer claim legalization is devoid of catastrophic results. The Denver Post, which has embraced legalization, analyzed federal and state data and found results so alarming they published a story last week under the headline “Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are...

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