Editorials

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 ...

Sending tax reform to Trump’s desk would be early an Christmas gift

Nothing as complex as the U.S. tax code, linked as the process is to the federal budget, can be amended in a manner that will make everyone happy. Negotiators for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seem to have come up with something close, however. If approved, perhaps this ...

Wake-up call for victims of cyber hacking in N.C.

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyber attack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...

Fairest system for deciding loan forgiveness is on case-by-case basis

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The car ...

Way to turn IS recruiting tactics against them is sorely needed

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people on ...