Editorial

Keep ‘red hats’ safe in mines

Mine Safety and Health Administration head David Zatezalo could not ask for a better road map of where he should take the agency this year. It is part of MSHA’s report on mine fatalities during 2017. As reported, the coal mine death toll last year was 15, up sharply from the eight in 2016. ...

Limits on speech a risky precedent

Twitter recently announced 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 do ...

Challenge with border remains

Critics of President Donald Trump’s various proposals to crack down on illegal immigration say there is little need to do so. The number of people coming into our country illegally has dropped dramatically, they say. For a time, that may have been true. It is not, now. Judging by the ...

Accelerate RR safety procedures

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington in December 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 Board ...

Finding those who enabled the abusers

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 ...

Battling unfair limits on trade

Some of our nation’s best trading partners have the nasty habit of protecting select industries of their own by virtually locking out competition from the United States. The European Union’s ban on hormone-treated beef from the United States is an example. Usually, such blatant unfair trade ...

Be prepared for winter conditions

A popular Christmas tune — “Baby it’s cold outside” — rings true this week. It’s bitter cold. Temperatures have “peaked” in the high teens in the days following Christmas. And if it’s not the cold, we’re dealing with ice, and, of course, there’s snow. We ask you all ...

Audit needed to end 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 ...

Stop using our money for payoffs

One might think that when our money is used to pay the price of wrongdoing in Congress, we taxpayers would be entitled to the names of those who ran up the bill. But no. Apparently, that is not how it works. From 2008-12, the House of Representatives Office of Compliance paid out $342,000 ...

Down syndrome bill needs signed by Gov. Kasich

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 ...