Editorials

As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to ravage Houston, there’s a bit of good news amid the deluge: Congress looks likely to help out its victims without much fuss. Providing relief to victims of natural disasters was once a fairly noncontroversial function of government. Every state recognized...
The massive flooding in Houston from Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath highlights the need to prepare areas near the coasts for destructive storms fueled by climate change. Scientists are hesitant to link any specific storm to climate change, but a warming planet exacerbates conditions that...
Marijuana advocates can no longer claim legalization is devoid of catastrophic results. The Denver Post, which has embraced legalization, analyzed federal and state data and found results so alarming they published a story last week under the headline “Traffic fatalities linked to marijuana are...
The catastrophic floods brought by Hurricane Harvey to southeastern Texas will pose an immediate test for the White House and Congress, pressing policymakers to approve billions of dollars in recovery funds even though they haven’t agreed on much else this year. White House officials and...
President Donald Trump recently provided welcome emphasis on the opioid crisis in the United States, appropriately referring to it as a “national emergency.” Overdoses and deaths from opioids, which include heroin and fentanyl derivatives, have continued to rise across America, according to the...
The news that the Secret Service’s budget for the year has already been exhausted covering the protection of the Trump family, a large group who travel a lot, raises some issues. The first question is not an issue. The president’s family must be protected, particularly out in the open in a...
After a long review of America’s disappointing military strategy in Afghanistan, President Trump announced a new plan that’s light on details and heavy on familiar messaging. It’s a far cry from the big change many in the administration — and many Americans — had been pulling for. With a few...
A person’s home is their castle — unless it has become an abattoir, filled with sick and starving animals, rank with urine and feces and, all too often, dead bodies of pets. Animal welfare groups say instances of so-called animal hoarding are on the rise, with horrific stories like that of the...
Yes, we know. Everyone gripes about the weather. And everyone gripes even more about our weather forecasts. How can they get it so wrong, and so often? Sometimes that’s more than something worth griping about. That would be the case with Hurricane Matthew, whose flooding last year killed 27...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officially confirmed last week that 2016 was the Earth’s hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which surpassed 2014. The NOAA had reported this unofficially back in January. What made last week’s announcement noteworthy is that the NOAA is now...

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