Editorials

Killing coal is the first step down a slippery slope for the EPA

Coal miners and Americans worried about higher electric bills may be wondering when the Environmental Protection Agency will run out of ideas to drive the cost of coal-fired power up. Not yet, the EPA made clear last week.New stream protection rules were announced by the agency, and they target ...

Trump’s remark about McCain shows he just doesn’t get it

It is unlikely Donald Trump remembers what he was doing on Oct. 26, 1967. He was a student at the prestigious Wharton School of Finance, not having to worry about being drafted for the Vietnam War. Four student deferments - sought, not granted automatically - saw to that.John McCain has vivid ...

Lawmakers are experts at costing us more without ‘raising taxes’

If you happen to be a politician wondering why most people have lost all confidence and faith in you, consider this:Members of the House of Representatives were scrambling Wednesday to find about $80 billion needed to shore up a federal highway program. Telling Americans they will have to pay ...

Its time the IRS learns to do more with less, not the other way around

Taxpayers were not given good service by the government tax agency this year, officials admit. Advocates for the Internal Revenue Service blame - you guessed it - budget cuts.But Congress did not cut IRS spending for the current year. According to the agency itself, it had $11.97 billion to ...

Enforcing existing gun laws could prevent tragedies

Gun control advocates - many of whom really wish they could outlaw any ownership of firearms by individuals - constantly claim new limits are needed to save lives.But time and time again, violent crime headlines are followed a few days later by revelations that killers would not have obtained ...

Congress must consider if lesser drug sentences is appropriate

Law enforcement officers and officials, along with the prosecutors and judges who deal with those they arrest, should discriminate against people only on the basis of the crimes they commit. Handling investigations, arrests, prosecutions and sentencing differently because of a person's race, ...

Reducing size of military isn’t best way to save money

"I believe that where we are now is about as low as we can go,"?Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters in May, during a discussion of that service branch's staffing level. "If we continue to go lower, we're going to have to say we cannot do all the things we're doing today."But go ...

Congress must look at Iran deal and do what’s best for America

Among the proudest, most important traditions in Congress is that when the issue is peace or war, lawmakers put partisan considerations aside for the good of the nation. The question before them now may well be just that grave.Negotiators for the United States, Iran and several other countries ...

When will we stop the government misdeeds and coverups?

A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers secret would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. Legions of lawyers would be ecstatic over the potential for lawsuits. Victims would desert the firm in droves, determined to ...

Individualized funding is how to ensure our children are educated properly

Federal funding to help low-income children in public schools does not necessarily aid all of them. Under Title I, the biggest such initiative at about $14.4 billion a year, Washington doles out money to states based on complex formulas that take into account the numbers of low-income students ...