Editorials

Most who wear badge do so the right way and for the right reasons

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police went to ...

Is today’s Taliban any better than pre-2001 Taliban?

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

Federal officials need to crack down on those who hire illegal immigrants

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

Dangerous stunts, making threats are no jokes

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be ...

Police risk their lives to see that justice is served

We’ve said in this space before there is no such thing as a “routine” day for those in law enforcement and that even the most simple-seeming task — like pulling a car over for speeding — can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation. Officers put their lives at risk every ...

Epstein death shows need for federal prison system probe

The apparent suicide of rich pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while in federal custody continues to make headlines. For a time, the murder of vicious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger at a federal prison in West Virginia was big news. But what about the other prisoners who die violently while in ...

Report suspicious behavior; let police decide what is credible

When violent crime happens, usually at some point after the fact you’ll hear someone say something like “well, (perpetrator) has been acting strangely lately.” Just imagine how many incidents over the years could have been prevented (and how many lives could have been saved) had someone ...

Consider the effectiveness of new gun laws

A 33-year-old Southern California man’s murderous rampage was a reminder of the futility of relying on gun control laws to curb violence. He used knives to kill four people in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. After the man was apprehended, one police official described him as “full of ...

Climate change is not to blame for everything

Got a problem? Blame climate change. Sometimes, it seems that is the knee-jerk reaction to many of the challenges facing humankind. Now, feeding the world’s 7.5 billion people is being linked to climate change. A new United Nations report maintains, in the words of one of its co-authors, ...

Some crimes can be prevented with the assistance of watchful neighbors

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was ...