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Editorials

Major effort is needed to weed out those not worthy of wearing a badge

Use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel is a problem that transcends race, as a video shot a few days ago in Buffalo, New York makes clear. Taken by a television news crew, the video shows Buffalo police responding to a demonstration in the city’s Niagara Square. Like so many ...

SCOTUS ruling was hardly endorsing unchecked government power

Local and state officials reveling in their power to enforce dictates they claim are needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic may well have felt a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld their authority. In a way, it did. But look more closely at the ruling: It came in an emergency ...

WHO needs to take long, hard look at how it has been operating

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he is cutting U.S. funding for the World Health Organization has been condemned throughout the world. Critics insist that a healthy WHO is essential especially now, as the COVID-19 pandemic rages. But the question is whether the WHO, a United ...

If economy is to recover, small businesses will need a helping hand

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. ...

In case we must spell it out, there is still some g-o-o-d in this world

Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the least. An occasional ray of sunshine breaks through, however. Consider the national spelling bee: Earlier this year, organizers of the annual ...

Rioters are undermining just cause of legitimate protestors

The past few days have seen not only yet another needless killing of a person of color as a result of improper police conduct — this time Minneapolis, Minnesota resident George Floyd on Memorial Day — but understandable anger and outrage that it continues to happen and with alarming ...

More must be done to keep neglected dams from failing and killing

About 11,000 people were forced to leave their Central Michigan homes a few days ago, when two large dams failed. No lives were lost, in part because the dams’ imminent failure had been anticipated for several days, as a result of heavy rainfall. In fact, concern about the dams dates back ...

If deal between US and Taliban is to be reached, it must be on our terms

While we Americans were paying tribute to our fallen heroes during Memorial Day weekend, observant Muslims here and abroad were marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even in Afghanistan, there was a pause in hostilities between government and Taliban forces. It came as U.S. and ...

School closure has, perhaps, had more negative effect on vocational students

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was canceled. There is evidence many ...

Adults prove to kids the dangers of social media

Teens and even tweens are constantly asking their parents — or not asking — to use various and sundry social media applications on their phones. Parents try hard to persuade the youngsters of the risk involved, but who wants to listen to stodgy old mom and dad? Police agencies recommend ...