Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star on ethanol energy policy (June 6) —  If Congress ever gets around to making the sort of spending cuts needed to put the country's finances on a sustainable path, the ethanol industry justifiably will be required to do its share.

    As critics have pointed out, the industry currently enjoys a rare trifecta of government support. It’s subsidized. Its use is mandated. It’s protected from foreign competition.

  • Lessons yet to learn

    As the murals go up celebrating The People’s History of El Norte, it’s hard to imagine a better guest for the occasion than Reies Lopez Tijerina, a dynamic leader of the Chicano Movement during the second half of last century. His personal history coincides with “the people’s history” in a way that gives added meaning to the day’s events.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 8, 2011
  • Work of Art: Let’s do the Jeffersonian Rock

    My favorite dance — there can be no doubt — is the Elevator Dance. It has no steps. And the second favorite, a bit more complicated, is the Y- Dance. The idea here is to escort an attractive woman to the middle of the dance floor, put your arms around her and ... Y Dance?

    Any attempt at fancy footwork on my part might lead to an appearance on Dancing to the Stares, as my tripping would be more fantastic than light.

    Let me explain:

  • Consider the consequences

    Summertime. More time for leisure. More family getaways. More room to kick back with a few beers and enjoy it all.

    Just be sure you don’t mix the driving with the drinking. It can get you in trouble. It can get you killed. And it can turn you into a killer.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 6, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Ignoring problems

    America is a leader on the world stage. Sometimes. Other times, we just won’t budge.

    Here are three issues we refuse to address, even though we give plenty of lip-service to each:

    1. We fool ourselves into thinking that because we have the greatest health care system for those who can afford it, we must have the greatest health care — even though thousands upon thousands of people regularly fall through the cracks.

  • Maternal health is a human right

    Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman — most likely living in poverty — dies giving birth. That’s almost 1,000 women every day; more than 350,000 women each year. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable.