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Editorial

‘Stamping’ mad about increase

Next year will bring higher prices at the post office. Anyone who didn’t see this coming hasn’t been paying attention, but it’s sure to make consumers “stamping” mad. It makes sense that the advent of email and instant messaging apps would have a deleterious effect on the postal ...

Release video from incident

There is no excuse for a Louisiana State Police trooper to use foul language in the course of doing or discussing his or her job. More disturbing is hearing a trooper claim to beat the life out of someone. Yet a short audio clip indicates that happened. Reporter Jim Mustian, of The Associated ...

COVID-19 is not discriminatory

What goes around comes around. You reap what you sow. Actions dictate consequences. Chickens come home to roost.         Having observed this karmic balancing throughout millennia, mankind has developed many ways of saying the same thing. As you make your bed, so you must lie ...

Answers are still needed

The process was broken from the beginning, on March 12, when a judge in Kentucky’s Jefferson County signed off on the no-knock search warrant that led to the death of Breonna Taylor. It remains broken today. New questions have been raised about the actions of Louisville police as well as ...

Make home more fire safe

This is Fire Prevention Week and a good time to take inventory. Families need to know what to do if a fire breaks out in their home. An important first step is installation of fire alarms. And it’s imperative to check the smoke alarms of elderly family members and to help identify fire ...

Tradition of transitions

Tuesday’s presidential debate has us thinking about peaceful transitions of power and accepting the results of an election. As painful as it is to lose, the script is practically boilerplate across America. The vanquished candidate puts on a stiff upper lip and goes out to face the ...

Stop politics, help Kenosha

Gov. Tony Evers and U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., made headlines together recently, sending a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to make good on his pledge to send federal funds to Kenosha. The state’s two top Democrats reminded Trump of his commitment, made during his visit ...

Include minority groups in trials

Scientists and researchers have long failed at inclusiveness in clinical research trials. African Americans, Native Americans and Hispanic patients in particular are largely underrepresented in research into drugs and other disease treatments. Overall, African Americans make up about 13 percent ...

Face masks for everyone

There’s a lot of back and forth regarding Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s declaration that he would impose a federal mask mandate to combat the spread of COVID-19 if elected president. He announced the planned mandate at the Democrat National Convention in August but now ...

GOP should follow its rule

For all their crawfishing now about when it’s appropriate in a presidential term to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, no one captures the shamelessness of the Republican majority in the Senate more than South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. In 2016, shortly after Antonin Scalia died, ...

Shooting, shouts both abhorrent acts

The ambush-style shooting Sept. 12 of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as they sat in their patrol car at the L.A. Metro station in Compton was cruel and disgusting, as were the words that some demonstrators reportedly shouted outside St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where the ...

Coastal erosion threatens parks

Baldwin Beach Park’s doomed pavilion is a “poster child” for the damage coastal erosion and sea level rise cause. This newspaper has been chronicling the pavilion’s plight for decades. Almost every August or September we run a story or photos showing how currents, wind and waves have ...

Indoor rally a reckless event

We know from reporter Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage,” that last spring, when the coronavirus pandemic was spreading across the United States, President Trump was aware that it posed a grave threat. Still, he lied to the public frequently and unforgivably, saying the virus would just go ...

Big Pharma takes a stand

Perhaps you assumed, as many Americans do, that pharmaceutical companies believe in science. It’s the main component of their business model, after all, and their corporate lifeblood — the use of science to discover new lifesaving drugs and boost profits. So it was more than a bit ...

Look before you leap

“Watch this.” Whether it is a kid on a bike about to christen a homemade jump or a tourist set to leap off a waterfall without first checking the depth of the mountain pool below, good things rarely happen after those two words are spoken. The declaration is where risk meets a suspension ...

Duty, honor lost on Trump

America’s armed forces impress certain core values upon their recruits. The Army’s, for example, are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. “In serving your country,” the Army explains, “you are doing your duty loyally without thought of ...

Credit where credit’s due

Among popular Christmas season activities during recent years has been finding the Elf on the Shelf. The stuffed toy, about 12 inches long, delights children who wonder where in the house he or she may be hiding. Thanks to COVID-19, a good place to start looking for the Elf this year would be ...

Labor Day amid COVID-19

AFor the past 126 years in America, the first Monday of September has been celebrated as Labor Day. According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, the federal holiday is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It ...

Let’s take a walk

You glimpse them roaming neighborhoods in family packs or sometimes moving solo along a remote bike path or sidewalk. Many sport bright plumage, while others are covered head to toe. Maui people who may never have walked for exercise in their lives are lacing up their shoes and discovering ...

Do better on social distancing

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, three guidelines have been driven home by health experts over and over again. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Social distance. Simple, but invaluable steps we all should embrace. Incredible as it is this far into the global COVID-19 crisis, however, ...