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Editorials

It all began with World War I

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting 100 years ago. It was on April 6, 1917 that the United States declared war on Germany. Our entry into ...

No reason to believe Rice

Susan Rice, who was among former President Barack Obama’s top aides, cannot be trusted. Her attempts to mislead the public over the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, make that clear. So when Rice insists allegations the Obama White House spied on ...

Preserve our crown jewels

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Penalizing marital rape

Ohio is one of just 13 states in which spouses can receive exceptions for rape and other sex-related offenses. Meaning with no force or threat of force, Ohio law deems that no rape or sexual assault can occur. So, if a victim is drugged, for example, the “spousal exemption” means they could ...

Reform one step at a time

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Some damage cannot be fixed

President Donald Trump did an enormous service for millions of Americans this week, when he ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill its so-called Clean Power Plan. But the damage already has been done to millions of other families and businesses — along with thousands of miners ...

Too much foreign aid wasted

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

It still goes back to extremism

Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old British man who killed four people in a rampage last week in London, was not associated with al-Qaida, ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist group, British authorities say. But, they added, it is possible Masood was influenced by Muslim extremism. Whether that was ...

Keep trying on health care

How long and how many tries did it take ultra-liberals to achieve what they planned to be a government takeover of the health insurance industry? Many years, accompanied by several false starts. Americans disappointed at defeat of a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare should keep that in ...

Korea remains a danger zone

North Korea’s recent tests of medium-range missiles put an exclamation point on the major foreign policy challenge facing President Donald Trump. For decades, presidents, secretaries of state and defense, and members of Congress have searched for a way to curb North Korea’s military ...