Editorials

A little common sense, please

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Bergdahl deserves prison time

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

Common sense should prevail

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

Scare tactics no longer fly

Sierra Club officials, who likely speak for most environmental extremists, believe withdrawal from the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will be “a double whammy for our communities: It will result in increased rates of respiratory illness and premature death while worsening climate ...

Cost of doing the right thing

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to hear ...

A sane approach to energy

Radical environmentalists sometimes defend their stance by pointing out some large utilities support a shift away from coal-fired electric generation, in favor of so-called alternatives such as wind and solar power. But not everyone in the business agrees with the war on coal waged by former ...

Weinstein unchecked for too long

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Be prepared for fire emergency

This week, Oct. 8-14, has been National Fire Prevention Week — a time set aside to honor our firefighters and review fire safety procedures. Sponsored annually by the National Fire Protection Association, this year’s theme, — “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” — focuses on ...

Countries must help themselves

Developed nations probably could do more to alleviate hunger and illness in third-world countries. But blaming ourselves solely for every outbreak and famine that occurs simply is not honest. Dr. Peter Salama, head of the United Nations’ World Health Organization, engaged in a bit of ...

Keep the CHIP bill clean

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...