Editorials

Be honest about Fallujah

Iraqi forces have recaptured 80 percent of Fallujah, a key city controlled by Islamic State terrorists for about two years, an Iraqi commander told reporters earlier this week. It was wonderful news.But it was not true. Only about one-third of the city has been taken from IS forces, U.S. Army ...

What Obamacare has wrought

Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced a plan to help more Americans obtain health insurance. The White House's reaction was that the proposal would "take health insurance away from millions and increase costs for seniors and hard-working families."Let's think about that. ...

Delaying tactics help Hillary

President Barack Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president did not compromise the FBI's ongoing investigation into Clinton, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday. Almost beyond doubt, she is right about that.But the interviewer who asked Lynch about the endorsement was asking ...

Not the solar solution just yet

Their feat is proof the world can stop relying on fossil fuels, the pilots of a solar-powered airplane that circled the globe said last week. "Today, liberty is about finding and promoting renewable sources of power," proclaimed Bertrand Piccard.Well, yes - when they are practical and ...

Don’t increase the tax on oil

President Barack Obama's proposed $10-per-barrel tax increase on oil deserved what it got - a 253-144 vote against it in the House of Representatives. The Senate should follow suit.Implementation of a tax increase at that level would wreck the domestic oil drilling industry. Low prices ...

Special semantical treatment

President Barack Obama refuses to use phrases such as "radical Islam" or even "Islamic terrorists." What would that accomplish, he asked rhetorically in angry comments on the matter.What would it accomplish? Well, it would be a more accurate, informative description of organizations such as the ...

East Palestine residents may prefer a private enterprise

The East Palestine fire chief has expressed the need for a levy to fund additional EMS personnel, but he has asked Village Council to hold off putting the levy on the ballot until next year.The chief's logic for delaying the levy seems sensible: He fears asking for an EMS levy may decrease the ...

Mission impossible: keeping politics out of defense spending

There is much good in a defense spending bill approved overwhelmingly by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. For example, the measure specifically bars President Barack Obama from closing the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.At the same time, the bill, approved 85-13, is one more example of how ...

The economy is not healthy

President Barack Obama keeps telling us the economy is humming right along, restored to good health by his policies. But people who know the economy are not as certain of that.Officials at the Federal Reserve, which controls interest rates charged in the United States, have said for months that ...

Internet hate open for debate

Millions of Americans suffer from mental illness of one sort or another. Yet very few of them commit acts of extreme violence. It may be the incidence of such violence among them is no higher than for those considered to be "normal."What was different about Omar Mateen, the Florida man who ...