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Editorials

  • ‘Big pharma’ must own opioid issues

    The following editorial appeared in the Denver Post on June 20.

    An important question for the nation as it struggles with its opioid epidemic is whether, or to what degree, Big Pharma is behind the disaster. Were doctors too often swayed by drugmakers in prescribing painkillers needlessly? Were the drugmakers aware of the dangers of addiction but unwilling to change practices in marketing the drugs? Could more have been done to make the drugs harder to abuse?

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 30, 2017

    THUMBS UP! FURTHERING RESEARCH

  • Character can always be measured

    By Mark Shields, Creators Syndicate.

    Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s.

    The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today than it was in 1964. Back then, millions of black Americans were systematically denied the right to vote in many places, most especially in states of the old Confederacy.

  • We aren’t serious about the debt

    The following editorial recently appeared in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    We Americans should just ‘fess up and admit it ­­— that, despite platitudes to the contrary we as a nation are no longer serious about the national debt.

    On what do we base this observation? Well, consider the reaction to President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal.

    Headlines struck a common chord: Trump’s “Taxpayer First” budget would hammer everything and everyone imaginable — except the Pentagon.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 23, 2017

    THUMBS UP! TRAGEDY AVERTED

  • ‘Poor’ Eric Trump

    By Connie Schultz, professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism, author and wife of Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

    Recently, the president’s second-eldest son went on national television and dropped all pretense of what we knew had never happened anyway.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 21, 2017
  • Drug prices should be lower — in theory

    This editorial was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 9.

    One issue where most Americans — 76 percent of them — find common ground is the high price of prescription drugs.

    President Donald Trump campaigned on the issue and since his inauguration repeatedly has promised to bring drug prices down. Most Democrats and many Republicans in Congress agree. So why has nothing happened?

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - June 16, 2017

    THUMBS UP! FEEDING THEM WELL
    To counteract a chronic problem of hunger among Las Vegans, the East and West Las Vegas school districts have   begun to offer nutritious meals — breakfast and lunch. The meals are free. And better yet, the schools offer low-cost meals for adults as well. The cost for these meals is $3.75. The Las Vegas City Schools’ program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture; the state Children, Youth and Families Department sponsors the program for West.

    THUMBS UP! A STRONG RIVALRY

  • Trump is not Hitler

    This editorial was recently published in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

    Donald Trump is a lot of things, but he’s not Adolf Hitler.

    While perusing social media for news tips on a daily basis, we see a lot of nonsensical things. Many of them are political in nature. Most recently, photos of Adolf Hitler beside President Trump have caught our attention.

    “Fascism has come to America!” one meme proclaims.

    “Heil Trump!” blasts another one, referencing the Nazi salute “Heil Hitler!”