Editorials

The business of government

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

Vice president deserves better

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Ease reins on community banks

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. Last week, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Don’t keep Pence in the dark

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Council must have final say on Columbiana chicken issue

Being awakened to the sound of roosters crowing at dawn is a beautiful thing — provided of course that you’re waking up in the country and that’s the way you like to start your day. If you’re a city dweller, however, you might prefer being roused from your sleep by something other ...

Mechanics too far behind lines

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Keep coal in the picture

Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly electric bills have gone up and ...

Pakistan policy a top priority

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Conway’s slip a minor mistake

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, broke a rule last week. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is capital punishment too good for her? Pardon our ...

Reining in the bureaucracy

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...