Editorials

Just repeal tax on medical devices

If you happen to need an X-ray during a trip to the hospital, you may pay more than necessary for it because of the misnamed “Affordable Care Act.” The same goes for treatment utilizing many other types of health care equipment. Blame the on-again, off-again tax on medical devices, which ...

NKorea’s Kim not about to change what always works

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Roses&Thorns

Roses for those who were but are no longer serving our city and its fine folks. This would include former council members Clyde Brown and Brian Whitehill, treasurer Dr. John Conrad and outgoing parks director Steve Faber. Thank you. Roses for interim parks director Shane Franks. And, yes, ...

Cervical cancer testing a must

As we usher in a new year, we quickly offer up a way to get a healthy start in 2018. It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed ...

Limits on speech a risky precedent

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

Take care of animals during this frigid spell

The first week of January has been like the last week of December was: frigid cold with minus zero wind chills and all tha comes with it. When such conditions set in, it’s time for us to bundle up and take some precautions to ensure we remain safe and healthy when we are outdoors. Our ...

Slow reliance on others for services

It is about time U.S. officials began worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Have a very happy New Year!

For most of us today and New Year’s Day will more time for family, friends, merriment and more good food. Beverages too, probably. If so, be careful. Don’t become a tragic figure when you go out tonight or tomorrow when you are done watching football games. Just like the Christmas and ...

Past time to install train speed-control

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington earlier this month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety ...

Sexual predators shielded for years

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Twitter must take care with restrictions

Twitter announced last week it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or ...

Pentagon audit may rein in waste

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ...

Time to stamp out sexual misbehavior

A few weeks ago, the entertainment industry formed a special panel, the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace. If you have to ask why, you have not been paying attention during the past six months or so. Chaired by law professor Anita Hill, the ...

Have yourself a very, very Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to kids everywhere who last night tightly squeezed their eyes and strained to hear reindeer footsteps on the rooftop. They finally fell asleep in a bed full of warmth and full of dreams. And Merry Christmas to all of us who wish we could still believe in a Santa Claus. Merry ...

Parents responsible for their kids. Period

Times have changed. In the news a few days ago was an interesting case regarding a divorced couple in Hawaii. They have a child. One of the divorcees wants to formally sever parental rights. What is unusual — and should not be allowed to get in the way of doing what is best for the child ...

Kasich should sign Down syndrome law

Babies born with Down syndrome face many challenges. So do their parents. But they share one quality with other babies: They are human beings. Their physical and intellectual capacities may be limited, but they are tiny boys and girls. Advances in technology have made it possible, at least in ...

State Rep Cera is right about reform

The constantly advancing technology with which we live is an open invitation to waste and even corruption in government. Think of it this way: Many people have an idea of how much a police cruiser should cost and whether their town has paid too much for one. Likewise, most people have at ...

Don’t waste hike in defense funds

America’s armed forces are the very best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. But years of neglect under former President Barack Obama have left the military in a rebuilding mode. A $700 billion ...

Hackers dish out expensive lesson for SC county

On Dec. 6, local government officials in Mecklenburg County, N.C., got a wake-up call regarding just how reliant they are on computers and networks of them. That day, computer hackers mounted a cyberattack on the county’s computers, which serve one of the most densely populated regions of ...

Congress, admit error on AMT

Congress seldom admits to making mistakes, unless lawmakers learn they can squeeze a few extra dollars out of taxpayers by doing so. That, in a nutshell, explains the alternative minimum tax regulations. So absurd is the AMT that the House of Representatives, in its tax reform bill, ...