Editorial

Ensure names get on the FBI database

For any caring human being, the heartbreak of what happened one week ago in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, is agonizing. Twenty-six people in a small church, including some children, were shot to death. Add to that emotion outrage over reports regarding the murderer, Devin Patrick Kelley. ...

Remembering Veterans Day

The names of the battlefields American men and women have fought on have changed many times over the years, but we must always remember the sacrifices they have made in those faraway places. That’s why we want every reader to take a moment today, Veterans Day, to remember all who have ...

Rifle-owning man may have saved lives

What if Stephen Willeford had not noticed what was going on at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday — and sprung into action? We can never know with certainty. But there is reason to believe that the man Willeford confronted would have gone on to kill more ...

Identifying those who may be killers

Mass shootings invariably produce calls for stricter limits on access to firearms. They fall into two basic categories: * Some people want to ban all ownership of certain types of guns, including many that are very popular. Such restrictions have little or no chance of being enacted, in part ...

Be educated at polls on Election Day

Election Day is one day away. One short day away to gather your thoughts and make an educated decision prior to entering that voting booth. We prefer you go that route rather than just “wing it” or not vote at all in this general election. As we’ve always preached, it’s important we ...

Check home’s smoke alarms

As you make your way around the house later tonight changing clocks back one hour, remember to check the most important items in the house — smoke detectors. The beginning and end of daylight saving time offer a good reminder to check batteries in smoke detectors. Batteries need to be ...

Investigate power deal in Puerto Rico

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...

Your tax dollars . . .

In September, the National Park Service announced it would provide $98,000 for a project to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The money was to go to the University of California at Berkeley. One wonders whether the park service would have paid that much to honor the legacy of one ...

Be alert this Halloween

It’s Halloween. Be alert. Everyone. That includes those driving around the streets later tonight and those walking them collecting treat. Motorists be especially on the lookout for those who will be trick-or-treating. It gets darker earlier these days, and some youngsters will be too ...

UN health agency honors wrong man

Under their president, Robert Mugabe, residents of Zimbabwe have suffered terribly. A 2008 report from Physicians for Human Rights sums it up: “The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and health ...