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Editorials

Those who pushed opioids despite knowing the dangers deserve no leniency

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued in early ...

We must do better to ‘lower the temperature’ of our political discourse

We all saw what happened Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Violent protesters broke into the building, ransacked the place, forced entry into both the House and Senate chambers and the offices of several lawmakers, including Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. ...

Approaching 2021 with cautious optimism

As America begins its trek through the “2021 Experience,” no one should be content with just shallow, general expressions of hope that the next 12 months will be better than the year just ended. If 2021 plays out as an anemic response to the many bad aspects of 2020, the citizens of this ...

Work must be done to fix educational damage wrought by COVID-19

Miguel Cardona, Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by the U.S. ...

Resolving Postal Service problems needs to be a priority

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. Of ...

Irresponsible gun owners should be held accountable for preventable accidents

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that we Americans can own firearms. We venture to suggest those who wrote and ratified the Constitution did not intend it to promote the accidental shootings of children. In fact, it is likely accidental shootings of childen were far less ...

‘Warp speed’ shouldn’t stop when Trump leaves office

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...

‘No-knock’ raids have too much potential to end in tragedy to continue

Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have been rethinking their tactics this year, in efforts to prevent tragedies such as the death in March of Louisville, Kentucky, resident Breonna Taylor. Taylor died during a raid by police investigating illegal drug trafficking — with which ...