Editorials

America should slowly wean off fossil fuels, not quit cold turkey

Unemployment reports for August were released last week. Once again, West Virginia, right in the heart of coal country, has the highest rate of joblessness in the U.S. - and that rate went up, from 7.5 percent in July to 7.6 percent in August. The Associated Press can so clearly see the ...

Obama seems willing to trust Iranians and let them self-verify

It is highly doubtful the FBI, on the trail of a terrorist bomb-maker, would ask him to provide samples of the wood from his basement workbench to be tested for traces of explosive materials. He could wipe a little oil and sawdust onto a just-purchased board, hand it in and walk away.But the ...

Flu shot doesn’t just protect you, it protects those around you, too

If you are like most people, you buckle your seatbelt when you get in a car or truck. After all, with about 33,000 traffic deaths each year in the United States, there's no sense taking chances.So ... Gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Influenza kills about 24,000 Americans every year.If you ...

Training of Syrian rebels has been yet another waste of time and money

Almost undoubtedly, Russian military advisers and weaponry being sent to Syria will do more to defeat the Islamic State terrorist army than has been accomplished by the United States. They could hardly do worse.On Wednesday, members of Congress learned what has been done with the $500 million ...

Fighting ISIS, helping Assad one and the same

Secretary of State John Kerry has said he is considering acceptance of an offer for U.S. and Russian military leaders to discuss Moscow's new assistance program for Syria. One question on his mind, Kerry told reporters, is whether the Russians intend just to help battle Islamic State terrorists ...

Hopefully Obama doesn’t follow Iran script with North Korea

For decades, with both Democrats and Republicans in the White House, North Korea's supremely brutal family dictatorship was able to get away with military blackmail. The U.S. response to Pyongyang's saber rattling often was aid to the regime in the name of "engagement."Now, North Korean ...

It pays to let people see endangered animals in their natural habitat

With worry about the futures of some of the world's great animals - tigers, lions and elephants come to mind - fully justified, events in Rwanda during the past few years are more than nice to reflect upon. They also may be a model for conservation.In Rwanda, the mountain gorilla is making a ...

It pays to let people see endangered animals in their natural habitat

With worry about the futures of some of the world's great animals - tigers, lions and elephants come to mind - fully justified, events in Rwanda during the past few years are more than nice to reflect upon. They also may be a model for conservation.In Rwanda, the mountain gorilla is making a ...

IAEA’s secrecy makes Iran deal look a lot sketchier

Especially when arms control treaties are involved, the devil really is in the details. There are plenty of them in President Barack Obama's proposed deal over Iran's development of nuclear weapons.And it turns out the public is not being given all the information. Not even our elected ...

Gitmo detainees still a threat

About half the detainees still at the Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorists pose no threat, the White House insists. So why is it so difficult to find any other country - anyone - willing to take them?Despite clear opposition from Congress and the American people, President Barack Obama is ...