Opinion

Constitution deserves preservation, defense without compromise

Editorials

So free and, in general, prosperous are we Americans that we sometimes take our blessings as a nation for granted. We should not. They are based on something of a miracle — our Constitution. Each year on Sept. 17, we celebrate Constitution Day. It is both a time for us to marvel ...

An ignorant nation

Opinion

At a National Archives ceremony recently in Washington, D.C., 30 immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens. In a video, President Trump encouraged them to embrace the “full rights, and the sacred duties, that come with American citizenship.” It was a noble sentiment that once resonated ...

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ lunacy

Opinion

Donald Trump, much to his chagrin, never won an Emmy for “The Apprentice,” but he can now take indirect credit for a clutch of the awards. The Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” won eight Emmys on Sunday night, a sweep fueled, in part, by the widely accepted belief in liberal America ...

Flanigan Park needs a helping hand and community buy-in

Editorials

Elliot Walker Sr. is a city resident who lives in the neighborhood around Flanigan Park. He knows what he is seeing and would like it to change. "Everybody's morale is down. Everyone talks and no one wants to walk," he said following a recent meeting with Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. "We need ...

The Vietnam War 2017

Opinion

Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington’s Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour PBS project, “The Vietnam War,’’ which will ...

Immigration hawks licking their wounds after Trump’s about-face

Opinion

“At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump impeached?” — Ann Coulter tweet, 7:05 a.m., September 14, 2017 “If reports true 100%. I blame R’s. They caused this. They wanted him to fail and now pushed him into arms of political suicide — IF TRUE.” — Sean Hannity tweet, 12:11 ...

Lobbyist a wise investment for costly levee work

Editorials

The tragic devastation brought by Hurricane Irma serves as a sobering reminder of just what havoc a flood can bring. It also points to the necessity of adequate flood protection and flood insurance. And that's as much a municipal responsibility as it is a homeowner responsibility. The flood ...

The agony of The Wall

Opinion

Build that wall! Eventually. Or at least patch up some existing fencing. If Chuck and Nancy will agree. Donald Trump’s signature pledge to build a border wall, aka The Wall, is diminishing almost by the hour. No battle plan survives contact with the enemy, said Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, ...

Why does God permit natural disasters?

Opinion

Like many Americans during the past three weeks, I’ve been bombarded by news about the destructive power of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. The stories are of misery, death and destruction. The misery, death and destruction are acutely difficult to accept because ...

Marino apparently will be anti-drug czar after all

Editorials

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan House Republican who represents much of our region, will apparently be leading the nation’s anti-drug effort after all. The Trump administration announced recently it has tapped Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is actually a ...

Moving the goal post on racism

Opinion

In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appeared on a BBC news show. The host asked King about Attorney General Robert Kennedy’s prediction, an audacious one at the time, that a black man could be elected president in 40 years. King thought it would not take that long: “There are ...

There’s much more to governing than just letting the government run

Opinion

There is a mistaken notion deeply embedded in our national political dialogue that society is naturally divided into public and private sectors. The public sector is thought of as the vehicle for governing society and looking out for the common good. The private sector is where people merely ...

Regional police get vote of confidence from misunderstanding

Editorials

The prospect of losing local police coverage drew a lot of concern from Porter Township residents, who turned up at the latest supervisors’ meeting. It turns out Porter Township supervisors were not looking to withdraw the township from the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police ...

The option play for Trump

Opinion

What just happened? President Trump cut a deal with Democrats to pay for hurricane damage relief and raise the debt ceiling without getting anything in return, except the temporary avoidance of a government shutdown. How to describe this? Was it a sellout, or a pragmatic act? It’s football ...

Never Forget: Muslim hate crime hoaxes

Opinion

Another year. Another Sept. 11 anniversary. Another opportunity for grievance-mongering Muslim agitators to decry the imagined “epidemic’’ of “Islamophobia.’’ South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) convened with Mad Maxine Waters and other House Democrats in Washington, ...

Don’t forget losses to Virgin Islands from hurricanes

Editorials

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But let’s not forget about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse ...

CBS: Corrupt, biased Sunday

Opinion

For anyone who doubts the daily double standard of the news media, just look up CBS show episodes from Sunday, Sept. 10. Up first, “Sunday Morning” host Jane Pauley softly and sweetly served one puffball after another to Hillary Clinton for her book-tour kickoff. That evening, anchor ...

The Schumer option – a dead end

Opinion

President Donald Trump is looking for a congressional leader he likes. Mitch McConnell has been found wanting, so now the president is flirting with Chuck Schumer. Trump sided with Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on an agreement to extend the debt ceiling for three months. The Republican ...

Brace for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel

Editorials

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

Happy New Year

Opinion

Labor Day has already come, and summer is all but over. Autumn — with shorter days, cooler nights and a new school year — is upon us. Now — in beautiful September and not in the dead of winter, overshadowed by Christmas — ought logically to be New Year’s Day, which means ...