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Editorials

Equipment upgrades are nice, but VA needs personnel

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Parents need to talk to teens about preventing risky driving behavior

It should come as no surprise to most logically-thinking folks that people who have the least amount of experience — both in life and driving — would be the most likely to engage in risky behaviors behind the wheel. According to AAA, drivers who are ages 16 and 17 are three times as ...

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

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 ...

Aid should be given to our Filipino friends immediately

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’

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

Leaks of sensitive information are making difficult job even harder

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. Americans ...

Remember what Memorial Day is about

Regardless of what criticisms we may have of those who govern it, we believe most people who are lucky enough to call the U.S. home think it’s a pretty nice place in which to live. And whenever we have a truly American holiday like Memorial Day, it’s easy for lots of well-intentioned ...

Without some limits on travel to US, we are vulnerable to terror attacks

Even as the courts persist in admonishing President Donald Trump’s administration for attempts to restrict people from selected countries from coming to the United States, it becomes clearer some sort of limits are essential to our security. On Thursday, a federal appeals court in ...