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Editorial

Stock sales suspicious

Things do not look good for Sen. Richard Burr. Last week, the FBI seized Burr’s cellphone as part of the Justice Department’s investigation into whether he and his wife, Brooke, sold stocks worth about $1 million using insider information he gained during congressional briefings about ...

Remember other vaccines

Hearts and markets leaped Monday at news that an experimental vaccine against COVID-19 had produced promising results in a test. And in many of the world’s foremost research institutions, intense work continues on more than 100 potential coronavirus vaccines, eight of which are in early trial ...

Bad timing for new rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s long-planned overhaul of regulations governing how schools and colleges handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault has been released in final form. As expected, they came under almost immediate court challenge from advocates for sexual abuse victims ...

Reopen US very carefully

If you are among those who have not lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 epidemic, congratulations. Perhaps you share the widespread opinion that the current “lockdown” of the economy should continue, to keep everyone safe. How would you like the government to collect your share? That ...

Stessors of the pandemic

Stressed about being out of work? Facing mounting pressure over unpaid bills? Cooped up at home with an abuser? Or just unable to sleep after binge scrolling COVID-19 updates on the internet? People on Maui are enduring all manner of stressors during this global coronavirus pandemic. While ...

Elon Musk isn’t taking it anymore

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is no Paul Revere. But his defiance of Alameda County’s shutdown order captures the frustration among businesses like Howard Beale’s primal scream in the movie “Network.” California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week allowed some non-essential businesses to begin to ...

End the murder hornets

Like the rest of America, we’ve been following the coverage of the so-called murder hornets showing up in northern Washington state and just across the border in Canada. We still don’t know how deeply these hornets from Asia have integrated themselves into North America or whether this will ...

Pause 4th of July fireworks

A helicopter pilot who fought July 11th’s massive brush fire on Maui later described it as “bear claws” digging across the island’s parched midsection. Every time a stand of kiawe trees or patch of haole koa bushes erupted into flames, they shot embers high into the air. Powerful, ...

Journalists pay the price

"What breaks my heart is to see how much he aged since being imprisoned. He used to be a man full of energy and vigor. Now, he is old, sickly, skinny, and there’s no way out of this situation for him.” So reported Khadicha Askarova, the wife of Kyrgyzstan journalist Azimjon Askarov, last ...

Great time to improve plants

We’re most familiar with the situation at the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., but other meat processing plants around the country have been shut down due to coronavirus outbreaks. JBS Pork Processing in Worthington, Minn., and Tyson Fresh Foods in Waterloo, Iowa, have also ...

Looking at the long haul

While we all hope for a swift end to the COVID-19 pandemic, have you noticed how quickly scientists pump the brakes on over-optimistic expectations? Until a vaccine for the disease is developed and made widely available, experts insist the coronavirus will always be lurking, ready to sow ...

Students will suffer

The youngest victims of the coronavirus might not have a cough or a fever. But the effects could be lifelong — affecting their chances of success in school and in life for a long time to come. And unless Florida’s leaders show extraordinary resolve, the impacts of a pandemic on public ...

Re-energize to fight for Earth

The coronavirus pandemic underscores how utterly interconnected we are on this planet. Manmade borders, political beliefs, religion, gender, age, profession — none holds sway over an undiscriminating deadly virus. And so in fighting the coronavirus we unite. The same sense of common purpose ...

Finding the silver linings

The steady drumbeat of gloomy COVID-19 news has us looking for silver linings. While there can be no minimizing the personal, economic and social impacts of the global pandemic, it is still possible to find things to be thankful for. One hears stories of young parents forging a deeper ...

Backing dissent not right tack

Public fatigue with stay-at-home orders to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic is inevitable and understandable. Not understandable, nor forgivable, is the president of the United States inciting disrespect for his own government’s guidelines, which are unquestionably essential for the ...

Unreliable site adds to turmoil

Information is everything in a crisis. And it seems Michigan, along with many other states, is struggling to relay some vital data to residents — and get them access to the financial support they need. And that will only lead to additional stress as citizens navigate this pandemic. ...

COVID-19 before, after

The COVID-19 pandemic seems destined to become one of those watershed periods in history that garner “before” and “after” status. Just as B.C. and A.D. date history, and how folks have long used designations like “before the war” and “after the Great Depression” to mark their ...

Mail-in voting best alternative

“Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting,” President Donald Trump tweeted on April 8. Mail-in voting, he explained, “doesn’t work out well for Republicans.” The relevant question, though, is not whether mail-in voting would “work out” for ...

Obey the rules or pay the price

State and local leaders are cracking down on people who violate the rules on social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. It’s about time. On April 6, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente both announced plans to hold people accountable for ...

Cooperate with authorities

While living under these restricted conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy for any of us, it is important that we cooperate with the guidelines our state and local governments have issued for individuals and businesses. No one likes limitations placed on our freedoms, but there ...