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Editorials

Trump needs to realize who he’s dealing with in Vladimir Putin

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

More needs to be done to stop domestic terrorism

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators this week that if they confirm him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security, his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his potential boss, ...

It’s time to unite as our new president prepares to take office

Since Donald Trump was surprisingly elected president in November, many ardent supporters of the soon-to-be-president have been reveling in his victory. Many see it as a much-needed repudiation of the way the federal government has been operating for far too long. Others see it as a sound ...

Replacing Obama’s health care law will take time to get right

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up with ...

Trooper’s death serves as reminder of dangers of ‘normal’ police work

Police being killed in the line of duty is, unfortunately, nothing new, especially it seems in the past couple of years. But it’s very easy to read headlines of law enforcement officers being slain in locations not terribly close to our own and dismiss it as a problem “in other places.” ...

Remaking Obamacare should be done a little at a time

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

Bipartisan look into Russian hacking would serve America

President-elect Donald Trump was to be briefed Friday on what U.S. intelligence agencies know about alleged Russian efforts to influence the Nov. 8 election. Do not expect Trump to change his mind about the matter. He already has said he does not believe allegations Russian hackers released ...

Our community can make a big difference in fight against heroin

We’ve heard far too many cases recently of local people — many of them far too young — dying as the result of either using heroin laced with something else or simply by overdosing on it. It’s a problem that is hard to deny and impossible to ignore. It’s well-known that heroin is ...

Unnecessarily delaying Trump Cabinet nominees helps no one

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Restoring US credibility will be difficult, but is imperative

Fortunately, Israeli officials and citizens have been well aware for several years that President Barack Obama is no friend of the Jewish state. They also understand that in less than three weeks, Obama will be out of the White House. That will leave President-elect Donald Trump, the State ...