Opinion

Kushner’s ‘back channel’ diplomacy is concerning

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After the election and prior to the inauguration, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House aide, Jared Kushner, tried to establish a “back channel” with the Russians, apparently to keep the administration’s talks secret from even their own State Department, ...

Without more volunteers, local clubs will vanish

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I just finished reading the article in the sports section regarding the need for volunteers for the Husky Club or it will fold. This is unfortunately so typical of all volunteer organizations in our area, such as the Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis clubs. My husband and I are ...

D-Day is one of the most important days in American history

Editorials

Few days in history are as significant as June 6, 1944 — the date during which Allied troops, including many Americans, stormed the beaches at Normandy, France under heavy fire from Axis forces. There were more than 9,000 casualties during the daring Operation Overlord, but the great ...

Organ donation can help save numerous lives

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Organ donation has saved and changed many lives over the years, but the number of donors does not currently meet the need. We need more people willing to donate their organs. Organ donation is very important since it can save lives. It is estimated that 21 patients die every ...

Aid should be given to our Filipino friends immediately

Editorials

Our government should battle Islamic terrorists wherever they are, of course. But when they assault a people with whom we Americans have had a long friendship, our obligation becomes especially binding. Most terrorist attacks involve individuals or small groups of murderers. But a small army ...

Critics’ behavior is beyond reasonable ‘resistance’

Editorials

It is one thing to disagree with a president’s policies or to dislike his personality. It is quite another to engage in the hysteria — and that is the appropriate word — that some have directed against President Donald Trump. Led by some entertainers and politicians, a few critics of ...

Our business is cyclical

Local Columns

About this time each year I am tired and badly need a vacation. My mantra becomes “Shore Beats Work.” This year seems worse than usual for some obvious and not so obvious reasons. When I’m weary and need a bit of a break, it’s difficult to focus, so this week’s column may seem as ...

Budget line items need to address a true need or be eliminated

Editorials

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members already are on record ...

‘Back-channel’ diplomacy is not a new concept

Editorials

It is a measure of how topsy-turvy politics has become that a technique some believe averted nuclear war in 1962 now is being condemned. That is, in a word, crazy. The newest controversy involving President Donald Trump revolves around his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Critics say that before ...