Editorials

It’s high time to put an end to ‘solar socialism’

Americans can only wonder how much good $38 billion would have done to help utilities find ways to burn coal with less impact on the environment. That much money to support research might well have developed ways tens of millions of Americans could have continued to enjoy low-cost electricity ...

Happy New Year … if Uncle Sam owes you money

Among America's creditors, 2016 promises to be a good new year indeed. Our national debt will top $19 trillion sometime during the year.For those to whom we owe money, the fact we continue to build up debt rather than paying it down is delightful. This year alone, we paid our creditors about ...

Avoid becoming a statistic; ring in the new year responsibly

If the trend during recent years holds true tonight, about 156 Americans will not live to see daylight on New Year's Day. Please, don't be among them.New Year's Eve traditionally has been a let-your-hair-down occasion for many people. Too often, that means consuming too much alcohol before ...

Islamic State isn’t the only radical Islamic group bent on harming the US

At least President Barack Obama no longer is talking in terms of "containing" Islamic State terrorists. Finally, as he told reporters last week, he is determined to destroy the murderous horde.That would cause rejoicing among many Islamic terrorists the world over.Make no mistake about it: The ...

Giving to others doesn’t have to stop after Christmas

Another Christmas is now history. Once again the compassionate folks in our area have worked something of a miracle for our less fortunate neighbors.Thanks to the generosity - the spirit of Christmas - that prevails in our area, many children received toys they probably would not have gotten ...

Coal-dependent states will pay while others able to shirk the rules

You may have heard the suggestion that if guns are criminalized, only criminals will have guns. Well, welcome to the climate change version of that - an international pact under which pollution will be permitted by countries that cheerfully signed on to it with no intention of complying.Some ...

Peace on earth, good will toward men

The time leading up to Christmas for many of us is enough to make us all need a holiday.There's the shopping, the planning, the cooking, the traveling, the wrapping of presents ... the list goes on and on.Because of that, it's all too easy to forget the most important message of the Christmas ...

Somehow, Republicans keep allowing Obama, Democrats to win

It has been said President Barack Obama is focused on his legacy, on what is written about him in the history books. The first sentence of his biography in textbooks for decades to come may well pay tribute to his ability to get what he wants - good or bad.An example is contained in the $1.1 ...

Relying on foes for essential defense equipment is foolhardy policy

One wonders what President Franklin D. Roosevelt's reaction would have been had, in 1936, a federal bean counter suggested to him that taxpayers' money could be saved by purchasing engines for U.S. warplanes from Japan. Roosevelt probably would have had the idiot fired.But these days, many U.S. ...

Attacks in Israel are hardly a ‘justifiable uprising’

Life in Israel has been risky business during the past several months. Scores of attacks by Palestinians using guns, knives and vehicles have made it so. Such assaults have been near-daily occurrences.Early last week, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas referred to the terror campaign ...