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Editorials

No celebration is worth the loss of human life

Tonight, some people will get together with family or friends and have an enjoyable celebration while ringing in the new year. There will be laughter and revelry (and perhaps even a traditional kiss at midnight with that special someone). We’re also not naive enough to think that some of ...

Tax relief should not come at cost of increasing national debt

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

US authorities need to watch closely or run risk of harboring a terrorist

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed last week after ...

Coordinating health efforts with other countries could increase aid

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, received a Christmas present from Canada last week. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as ...

Let the Christmas spirit prevail all year round

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Be thankful to those who made your holiday a carefree one

Few times of the year are as quiet and uneventful as Christmas Day. During the morning hours, at least, just about everyone is home enjoying the holiday with family and friends. But not quite. Police and sheriff’s department cruisers patrol the streets and byways. Paid firefighters staff ...

Have a Merry Christmas

It’s almost Christmas. It’s practically here! With apologies to Dr. Seuss for borrowing that line from his famous “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” it does convey a couple of sensations — excitement that Christmas is Sunday and relief that the day many have been actively planning ...

Obama’s lame duck executive action won’t last long, one way or another

It has been obvious during the past few years that President Barack Obama believes himself to be the government. Never mind that the Constitution vests law-making power solely in Congress. Now Obama seems to think his decrees are permanent: What one president does, another cannot ...

To improve our defenses, Trump must fight culture of waste, excuses

Americans can have effective armed forces without having to choose between guns and butter. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of rampant, massive waste at the Pentagon can see that. President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to improve the military’s effectiveness. Increasing the number of ...

Claims of hacking from Russia or anyone else deserve investigation

More than 40 years ago, we Americans kicked a president out of the White House for various offenses linked to a burglary at the opposition political party’s office. Republicans and Democrats united in outrage about that crime and others linked to it. So now we’re arguing about whether we ...