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Editorial

Voters will be the judge

Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts have cast their votes. Soon, it will be time for you to cast yours. We all knew that was the end game anyway. The U.S. Senate, including those two gentlemen with strong connections to Manhattan, voted Feb. 5 not to remove President Trump from office. In doing so, ...

All-mail balloting worth a try

All-mail election balloting is coming this August and November in hopes of boosting the state’s and county’s pathetic voter turnout. In the last general election in November 2018, with a mayoral election and four open seats on the County Council, only 52.4 percent, 50,650 out of 96,721 ...

Nation’s highest civilian honor

By now you’ve likely already heard about President Trump’s choice of Rush Limbaugh for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This award, the nation’s highest civilian honor, was either long overdue or forever disgraced, depending on your opinion of both Limbaugh and Trump. You can’t like ...

CBO drops reality bomb

There’s an old parenting adage: When otherwise rambunctious children suddenly become quiet, better pay attention. That’s good political advice, too. When normally loquacious politicians are not talking about something, better pay attention. And the one thing no one is talking about in ...

Improve bus safety

Less than half of the tour buses on the nation’s highways have seat and shoulder belts, safety equipment the National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending for the past 50 years. It shouldn’t take another accident with injuries and fatalities to push the seat-belt issue from ...

Life is precious

Kobe Bryant’s death has evoked a universal reaction. He was one of nine killed in a helicopter crash in California on Jan. 26. His daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, also died. What an absolutely tragic, devastating, crushing situation. Many of these reactions across the country and around the ...

Is there a need for the ERA in 2020?

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution — referring to the 1972 proposed constitutional amendment that would mandate that “(e)quality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex” — is back on the ...

The importance of mentoring

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin January is National Mentoring Month, focusing on how we can all work together to increase the number of mentors to make sure young people in our communities have dependable people to look ...

Defense could enable assaults

Senate Republicans on Tuesday laid the groundwork for a truncated trial of President Trump that would be a perversion of justice. Proposals by Democrats to obtain critical evidence were voted down. Unless several senators changed their positions, votes to acquit Mr. Trump on the House’s ...

The black and white of guns

It is easy to paint any issue in pure, unyielding black and white. Abortion. Environment. Poverty. Health care. Energy. Immigration. Taxes. Everything can boil down to pro or con. But is that accurate? Almost never. Let’s look at guns. Pennsylvania is often tagged as a gun-friendly ...

Debt growth not sustainable

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Europe faces a nuclear moment

For months Iran has been violating the 2015 nuclear deal while promising to comply again if President Donald Trump abandons his “maximum pressure” campaign. Germany, France and the U.K. have criticized Tehran and Washington while trying to save the accord, but on Tuesday the Europeans took ...

Take impeachment seriously, senators

It would be nice to have faith that, as the Senate receives the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and gears up for its role in this rare and momentous process, it will do the right thing. Confronted with a mountain of evidence that an American president abused his power by ...

Iran should look to UAE as model

The United Arab Emirates has plenty of goodwill and soft power at its disposal to calm tensions between the United States and Iran, thanks to its historical, strategic and cultural ties with both countries. A little nudge toward talks between the two arch-foes could go a long way in restoring ...

Cowardly bid to hide truth

A major hiccup has been introduced into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plans for a speedy acquittal of President Donald Trump at his impending impeachment trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton says he is prepared to testify if subpoenaed. McConnell, with a big assist ...

Puerto Ricans are Americans

Puerto Rico is now dealing with the aftermath of a powerful 6.4 earthquake and powerful aftershocks. Casualties are low, and electrical power is slowly returning. But the quakes are just the latest natural disasters to cripple the U.S. commonwealth. Puerto Rico still is healing from the hit ...

Getaway appears to be inside job

When a former auto boss-turned-suspect does a Houdini act and vanishes from Japan, then mysteriously reappears in Lebanon, questions will be raised. So how did Carlos Ghosn, the former Renault-Nissan chief, pull off such an audacious escape from right under the noses of security agencies in ...

Time to jettison FISA court?

The FBI is reeling from the release last month of a report by Michael E. Horowitz, inspector general for the Department of Justice (DOJ). Horowitz found that the FBI, a DOJ subagency, did a shameful job in obtaining warrants to surveil Carter Page, a one-time aide to the 2016 campaign of ...

Fate of Trump’s ‘Space Force’

All too often, bad ideas never really go away in Washington. Congress merely reduces taxpayer funding for them, without insisting they be abandoned. That may be the fate of President Donald Trump’s “Space Force.” Trump envisions the force as an entirely separate, new branch of the ...

Red states welcome refugees

Few places in the United States need fresh blood more than North Dakota, whose infinitesimal unemployment rate — it has more than three jobs available for every in-state applicant — reflects the state’s oil boom. That didn’t stop local officials in Burleigh County, which includes the ...