Editorials

Give teeth to VA reform law

One reason so many bureaucrats get away with murder is that the government so often does nothing more than slap them on the wrists, if even that. The standard excuse is that employment laws prevent any meaningful punishment.After the wait-list scandal erupted at the Department of Veterans ...

Another hot spot may emerge

During President Barack Obama's administration, U.S. foreign policy has been a disaster. Longtime allies are re-evaluating their reliance on Washington. Meanwhile, old foes are flexing their muscles.One of them, Nicaraguan strongman Daniel Ortega, kicked three U.S. officials out of his country ...

More laws not the answer

Weeks after the massacre in Orlando, Fla., and even as Americans were celebrating their liberties, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other liberals continued to pound the drums for more gun control laws.They insist that banning "weapons of war" would prevent mass murder such as that ...

Give Salem residents vote on charter government

Salem voters may get a chance to set the wheels in motion to establish a charter form of government for their town in the November general election.City Council last week held the first reading of an ordinance that will place on the ballot the issue of a charter government formation and elect ...

The Greenpeace dropout

Advocates of drastic action to address climate change would have us believe there is no argument about the facts of the situation. But there is.Greenpeace, the global organization that sometimes uses unconventional tactics to bring attention to its environmental concerns, is among those ...

Taliban’s might has increased

Not long after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, American troops spearheaded a military coalition that forced the Taliban government out of power in Afghanistan. As hosts of Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida terrorists, the Taliban had sided with the enemies of civilization.Then Barack Obama ...

A few cuts could not hurt

A bill to help battle the Zika virus and some of its victims has been passed by the House of Representatives. President Barack Obama says he will veto it if it reaches his desk.Why? Because the bill appropriates $1.1 billion -and Obama had demanded $1.9 billion. And, apparently, because ...

Immigration is a real problem

President Barack Obama and his chosen successor, Hillary Clinton, would have voters believe illegal immigration - by whatever name the politically correct crowd calls it these days - is not much of a problem.Tell that to those at the Department of Homeland Security who keep track of the number ...

Can we keep our republic?

As we celebrate our nation's birthday, it would be well for we Americans to reflect upon whether we have maintained the political philosophy the founders knew was essential to our continued independence.Upon leaving the convention at which the Constitution was written, Benjamin Franklin ...

A threat to our independence

Just how independent are Americans financially this Independence Day weekend? Not very.By the time President Barack Obama leaves office, the official national debt will have topped $20 trillion. During his time in office, the debt has nearly doubled.But that is not the full story. An incredible ...