Editorials

Most who give to charity do so for noble reasons, not to save on taxes

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

System that could have prevented recent derailment needs to be installed ASAP

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington this past month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety Board ...

Ring in the new year responsibly ­­– don’t drink and drive

As New Year’s Eve approaches tomorrow, we know that many of you out there will take time to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. We also know that means alcohol will be the part of the plans of a significant number of people out there. That’s all well and good, ...

Hold accountable those who covered up harassment

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Kim has US, other nations caught between a rock and a hard place

Analysts have concluded the worldwide “WannaCry” ransomware attack last May originated in North Korea. The news is a reminder that the threat from Pyongyang is more widespread than many people may have thought. “WannaCry” infected hundreds of thousands of computers throughout the ...

We wish you a Merry Christmas

As this is our last edition before the holiday, we’d like to take a moment to wish each and every one of our readers a very merry Christmas. We hope that all your holiday wishes come true — whether it’s getting that special present you really wanted, making someone you care for happy or ...

Jones’ victory in Alabama is more about Moore than about conservatism

So-called “analysis” of elections sometimes must seem laughable to political pros. Take one conclusion some in the media are drawing from the Dec. 12 election in Alabama. In that contest, Democrat Doug Jones prevailed narrowly over Republican Roy Moore. Jones supports “abortion ...

Same-sex partner should not be able to shirk parental responsibility

Times have changed. In the news a few days ago was an interesting case regarding a divorced couple in Hawaii. They have a child. One of the divorcees wants to formally sever parental rights. What is unusual — and should not be allowed to get in the way of doing what is best for the child ...

If you receive a drone as a gift, be sure to use it safely

No doubt many local residents will find remotely controlled miniature aircraft — drones, in popular parlance — under their Christmas trees next Monday. Recipients will tear open packages they view as tons of fun. Aircraft pilots have a different view. The proliferation of drones flown by ...