Editorials

What is Ryan’s motivation?

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...

Spending plan needs second look

For a time, President Donald Trump said, he thought about vetoing the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress laid on his desk a few weeks ago. Too much money was being spent unnecessarily and some priorities had been ignored, he explained. In the end, Trump signed the bill. Now, he reportedly is ...

School board politics hurting the district

At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Jahmal Mosley issued a plea to board members to “do better” and to treat one another with respect. In theory, this should have been a wake up call. In all actuality, nothing is likely to change. This was evident by ...

Jackson deserves a chance

For years, the essential task of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs has been entrusted to career bureaucrats, most recently David Shulkin. Now, President Donald Trump has fired Shulkin and replaced him with an outsider, and the concern among some in Washington seems to be whether the ...

Pruitt should be accountable

Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has been praised by many for rolling back unreasonable Obama-era regulations, including some that affect the coal industry. Good for him for pursuing President Donald Trump’s agenda energetically. Questions about Pruitt’s ethics ...

Terrorists can’t be rehabilitated

Two members of “The Beatles,” Islamic State terrorists so named by their captives because they are British citizens, have provided a reminder of why it is imperative to destroy, not “contain,” such organizations. The most notorious “Beatle,” nicknamed “Jihadi John,” was killed ...

Let’s hope Kim does right thing

Diplomacy often is the art of saying things you don’t mean, in order to put an opponent off guard or ingratiate him to you personally. Let us hope President Donald Trump was engaged in such a manipulative technique in a tweet he issued Wednesday. It appears Trump and North Korean dictator Kim ...

Officials should be on guard

During the Ohio State Fair in Columbus last year, a thrill ride, the Fire Ball, broke apart. Several people were injured. An 18-year-old man was killed. The previous year, a water park in Kansas unveiled a 17-story water slide. A raft carrying a 10-year-old boy down it went airborne. An ...

Government should work for all of us

His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well when President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...

Enact current safeguards

High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...

Misuse of funds wrong

Members of Congress concerned about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayers’ money for travel received a dressing down from him Tuesday. At one point during a hearing, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked Zinke about spending $12,375 to charter a private jet for a flight from Las ...

Parks should remain affordable

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

We need to do much more

Three in five people who die of drug overdoses had been treated in hospital emergency rooms for previous overdoses, a study in Maryland found. That ought to be impetus enough for Congress to approve a bill introduced recently. The measure is intended to promote medication-assisted treatment of ...

Sunshine Week is about your right to know

Snow is once again in the forecast for this week. No matter the accumulation, the white fluffy stuff will not dampen one of the brightest weeks of the year. Sunshine Week begins today. It may only last seven calendar days, but for citizens who rely on a transparent government to operate openly ...

David Shulkin has some explaining to do

Veterans of military service ought to be asking an old cliche question about Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin: What did he know, and when did he know it? A new inspector general report makes official what many Americans knew, that “failed leadership” at the VA during ...

Region was ready for this storm

The idiom “in like a lion, out like a lamb” is ringing at least partially true thus far in March, with Winter Storm Quinn packing a hefty punch. It has brought up to 3 feet of heavy, wet snow and wind gusts of more than 50 mph, causing more than 1 million power outages. More than 30 inches ...

S.T.O.P. school violence

As much as we might hope and pray an easy answer could be found to preventing mass killings in our schools, it will not happen. Tackling the threat will require real, thoughtful effort. Legislation introduced recently by a bipartisan coalition of 25 U.S. senators led by Sens. Orrin Hatch, ...

Barry statue in D.C. Really?

The movement to remove statues honoring flawed Americans – those who fought on the wrong side during the Civil War, for example – has gained strength. That should make it especially jarring that the city of Washington, D.C., has just erected an 8-foot bronze statue of Marion Barry, right ...

Tax reform: Not a break for the rich

Contrary to what you have heard from the liberal tax-and-spend crowd, federal tax reform championed by President Donald Trump is not a big break for the rich. In fact, while tens of millions of Americans are beginning to see substantial tax cuts in their paychecks, many of the wealthy will pay ...

Let your voice be heard

New Hampshire residents have a lot to spark their interest in state and federal politics these days. No matter what side of the aisle one treads, there are plenty of reasons to either want change, or to keep things exactly as they are, if you are truly happy with the current political ...