Editorials

EPA makes everyone pay for their mistakes, except the EPA

A coal company guilty of releasing 3 million gallons of mine wastewater into a river would be in deep trouble with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A small- to medium-size firm probably would find its survival threatened.But the culprit behind such a release affecting New Mexico and ...

Schumer’s stand should make it easier for other Dems to follow

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has been a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama on most matters. But even Schumer has a limit - whether Obama is endangering this nation and one of our strongest allies, Israel.Schumer revealed last week he will oppose Obama's proposed pact with Iran ...

Budget stalemate heading toward further fiscal irresponsibility

A recent Associated Press news analysis began by saying that "for the third time in a dozen years, counties and nonprofit agencies that make up Pennsylvania's social services safety net are girding to pay the price of partisan deadlock in Harrisburg."It's an unacceptable scenario precipitated ...

Those who try to rewrite nuclear history are doomed to repeat it

No human being with an ounce of compassion in his or her soul would deny that what happened 70 years ago this week - the only hostile use of atomic bombs in history - was a horrible event. At least 129,000 people and as many as 246,000 perished when the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima, Aug. 6, ...

Obama’s original power plan was bad; his new one is simply foolhardy

During the past couple of years, Americans worried about how they will pay their electric bills in the future have had one consolation: natural gas. Though it is substantially more expensive than coal for power generation, at least there is plenty of it and the technology to use it is refined ...

Court needs to act quickly to limit damage done by new EPA plan

President Barack Obama must have gotten a good laugh out of a federal court decision less than two months ago. Timing is everything, Obama may have chuckled.In early June, a panel of judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia threw out challenges to the Environmental ...

Blaming Americans won’t save African animal populations

Cecil, the lion killed illegally in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, will not have died in vain if what happened to him draws attention to the threat of extinction of his kind. But the government of Zimbabwe, where Cecil was killed, is doing all it can to divert attention from the real ...

Kasich foreign policy, while not perfect, can’t be any worse than Obama’s

Part of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's campaign for president has involved outlining his foreign policy philosopy. It has been compared to that of former President Ronald Reagan - not always flatteringly, one suspects. Many on the left still view Reagan as a "cowboy" on the international stage.But ...

Arming those who serve wherever they work is common sense

It is impossible to say how many members of the armed services would have survived attacks on them during the past few years had they been, well, armed.But Pentagon policy is that service men and women at many facilities, including recruiting stations, cannot carry guns, Americans have been ...

Personal safety is also a matter of personal responsibility

Joshua Newell is lucky his stupidity only cost him $200 instead of an arm or a leg.A certain percentage of idiots like Newell, 35, of Gahanna, Ohio, always have been part of the human race. But use of social media to brag about reckless behavior and to encourage others to take risks is a ...