Editorials

For decades, Florida’s leaders have clung to an error-prone and legally suspect process to determine the state’s most brutal sanction. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday, invalidating a key element of Florida’s death penalty machine, should spark a meaningful debate about the state’s...
Because it seems she’s been a little hot under the collar lately when the topic of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ insurgent candidacy for the Democratic nomination arises.  In recent days, Clinton’s aura of inevitability — and not just to be the Democratic nominee, but also as the next occupant of the...
Many Americans agree with President Obama that we should do something about gun violence. But when he gets down to specifics — such as the executive actions he announced last week — the country fragments, political paralysis ensues and the death toll keeps rising. We must respect the...
President Barack Obama’s eighth and final State of the Union address sounded a note of optimism and set the stage for what he promised would be a national campaign to bring Americans together, and which he hopes will define his place in the history books. We agree with his call for Congress to...
On Dec. 30, the Obama administration notified Congress that it was about to slap new economic sanctions against Iran for conducting ballistic missile tests that violated a United Nations ban. The Treasury Department announcement, set for 10:30 a.m., was abruptly delayed. And delayed again. By...
Ronald Harold Seaton — sentenced to California’s death row in 1989 for murder — drew his last breath this past September. It was not because the 69-year-old inmate at San Quentin State Prison died of a court-approved lethal injection. Rather, he succumbed to natural causes. Indeed, Seaton was...
For the second year in a row, government was the largest problem facing the nation, according to Gallup polls. Based on Gallup’s monthly polls of the most important issues facing the U.S., an average of 16 percent identified government as the top problem, followed by the economy with 13 percent...
A table at DrugWarFacts.org rates the addictive qualities of drugs. The criteria are the severity of withdrawal symptoms, the drug’s reinforcement or “hold” on users and its tolerance, dependence and intoxication properties. Heroin, alcohol, nicotine and cocaine, by that metric, are considered...
In their final months in office, presidents typically focus on building a legacy. One way President Obama is doing that is by tightening federal gun laws. While wiping back tears in a Tuesday speech from the White House, he announced several executive actions he claimed would reduce gun crimes, in...
Hundreds of miles from the Chinese coast, in international waters no country should control, a sneaky effort by Beijing is underway to claim much of the South China Sea. Put it on your list of potential hot spots for 2016. China’s game plan involves dredging massive amounts of sand to turn a...

Pages

Athol Daily News

PO Box 1000
225 Exchange Street
Athol, MA 01331
Phone: (978) 249-3535

 

Comment Here