Editorials

Learn not to burn

This week is 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 is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” This theme ...

Don’t waste DNA technology

More than a few “cold case” crimes, some years old, have been solved by using DNA samples. Those taken from crime victims or scenes sometimes can be matched to DNA taken from previously arrested offenders. That works only if information about previous offenders’ DNA is on file, ...

Cyberware also a threat

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un insists he is prepared to scrap his nuclear weapons and, presumably, his intercontinental missiles. But he didn’t say anything about cyberwarfare. Whether Kim will keep his promises about military hardware remains to be seen. Indeed, as President Donald ...

Mueller should wrap up probe

As often is the case when special counsel investigations are launched in Washington, the one headed by Robert Mueller has become far more complex and wide-ranging than some observers expected. It was in May 2017 that Mueller was told by the Justice Department to form a team and investigate ...

Still your source for news

Today is the beginning of National Newspaper Week, the time when newspapers pay homage to ourselves and celebrates the ways we affect your everyday life. This year’s theme, “Journalism matters NOW more than ever” celebrates the role newspapers play in local communities and in our ...

The time to confirm Kavanaugh

An FBI report focusing on allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has found no evidence to back them up. Yet — of course — many Senate Democrats insist Kavanaugh is guilty. He should not be confirmed, they insist. Was there ever any real doubt that ...

Leniency on FEMA deadlines

When will the electricity be back on? Is the water safe to drink? Which streets were damaged so badly they need to be closed to the public? Can school buildings be repaired and reopened quickly? Do any municipal employees need time off to ensure their own families are safe? That is just a ...

The Romans would be proud

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. The situation is that simple. Senate Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh have perfected the art of the moving target. First, they insisted that ...

Be careful what you post

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior — often long ago — reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be ...

Junk those unsightly vehicles

St. Clair and Liverpool Township trustees have taken action recently to help beautify their townships and others should consider following suit. Both decided to clamp down on property owners who like to display junk vehicle collections. Both townships passed resolutions instituting ...