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Editorials

Black lung program is safe

Thousands of people who had to retire from coal mining jobs after they contracted black lung rely on a federal program that provides them some income and health care benefits. So do the families of those who died too soon because of the disease, formally known as pneumoconiosis. One of the ...

Protecting an open society

You may not have realized it, but the week of March 12-18 was national Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is sponsored annually by the American Society of Newspapers to promote the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants in this observance usually include news media, ...

The type of justice we need

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...

In defense of wise spending

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing last week. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

Gorsuch in the spotlight

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Breaking the federal DOE’s hold

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best thing ...

Driving recruits to ISIS

Republican and Democratic members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit ...

Threats are unacceptable

Every member of the U.S. Senate, all 100 of them, signed a letter to President Donald Trump last week, asking for more federal action to find those behind threats targeting nearly 100 Jewish synagogues, community centers and schools during recent weeks. One arrest has been made, but that ...

Bringing downtown back

The village of Lisbon is considering legislation that deserves notice from every town wanting to breathe new life into a downtown business district. A survey conducted by Town Center Associates, a consulting firm hired by council and the chamber of commerce to revitalize the downtown found ...

The FDA needs new leadership

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...