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Editorials

Take steps to ensure summer swimming doesn’t turn tragic

The pleasant days of June are behind us, with the hotter temperatures of July and August just ahead. With the mercury and, often, humidity high, a cool dip in the pool sounds really good. Notice we did not write about diving into the river, a local creek or a farm pond. The risks there are ...

US should assist where possible with elephant conservation effort

Elephants are among the most majestic creatures on the planet. Yet in some places, they are being killed off at an alarming rate. Poachers, who often cut the tusks out of dead elephants and leave their carcasses to rot, are responsible for many of the killings. Ivory still can bring a nice ...

Straight-party ticket voting needs to go

In the days leading up to Monday, when the state’s new fiscal year begins, there will surely be the usual brinksmanship and grandstanding that comes any time politicians are tasked with doing anything important, especially agreeing to the state’s yearly spending plan. But one proposal ...

Democrats’ policies have Trump rocketing toward re-election

The past week has provided plenty of proof that beating Donald Trump in 2020 is going to be a lot harder than the Democrats (and their cheerleaders in the media and Hollywood) would like to believe. Let’s start with his rally in Orlando last Tuesday. That was the official announcement of ...

Court ruling clouds joint police ventures

Police officers crossing municipal boundaries to assist officers of a neighboring or nearby jurisdiction who are in need of help due to some emergency is nothing new. That has been happening as long as people can remember. Assistance doesn’t generally entail routine police patrols unless ...

The LWCF should be high on the agenda

No federal program protecting natural areas and assisting local and state recreation projects has had the reach and the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thousands of individual initiatives— some possibly affecting you and your family directly — have been assisted by the ...

Ocasio-Cortez should be aware of word association

Give U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez credit for one thing: She is highly intelligent — enough so to understand entirely how most people interpret the term, “concentration camp.” Ocasio-Cortez, a frequent critic of U.S. immigration policy, posted this on Twitter a few days ago: ...

Advantage: Donald Trump

The past week has provided plenty of proof that beating Donald Trump in 2020 is going to be a lot harder than the Democrats (and their cheerleaders in the media and Hollywood) would like to believe. Let’s start with his rally in Orlando Tuesday night. That was the official announcement of ...

There are still some good people left in the world

There is plenty of bad news and there are plenty of truly bad people for those of us in journalism to tell you about. Occasionally, really good people surface, however. You ought to know about them, too. You may never have heard of Rodney Smith Jr., of Huntsville, Ala. Lots of other people ...

Being an advocate for cancer research should not disqualify Biden

When could anyone have expected that being a champion in the battle against cancer would be a political liability? It will be, if some of his opponents for the Democratic Party nomination for president have their way. While vice president, Biden had called for more research into cancer. ...