Editorials

Downtown Rome has become a family friendly destination for dining and entertainment, offering a wide variety of community interests — the Robert Redden Foot Bridge and Town Green with its fountain, Barron Stadium, tennis courts, unique retail establishments and restaurants, government office…

  • From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Protest for the sake of protest certainly helps angry people vent. But beyond that, it’s hard to decipher what are the specific goals of those occupying St. Louis’ streets and disrupting the city in response to Friday’s Jason Stockley verdict. There are indications that protest organizers do…

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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President Donald Trump has hurled plenty of harsh words at North Korea before, but nothing approaches his promise at the United Nations today that if forced to defend itself or its allies, the United States would “totally destroy” the country. He did not promise a military response of unprec…

  • From the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
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President Donald Trump made a daring move on Wednesday, mapping out the beginnings of a deal with Democratic minority leaders to save “Dreamers,” the young immigrants who were given temporary protections from DACA, the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals. That is a positive, compassionate …

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Twenty years ago, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began its 4.9 billion-mile odyssey to Saturn with a picture-perfect liftoff. The $3.9 billion mission — a three-way collaboration among NASA, the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency — was ambitious by the standards of any age. S…

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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Earlier this summer, a woman named Candice Jackson remarked to a New York Times reporter that she believed that 90 percent of accusations of sexual assault on campus were the result of a “we were both drunk” scenario. She later apologized at this appalling remark and said she was being flipp…

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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Washington is currently embroiled in one of its “gotcha” controversies, which often arise when minor missteps are blown into major crimes. It’s a game both parties and a variety of activists play whenever they see political advantage in it. The latest one is unfortunate not because it arose …

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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By the reaction among conservatives, you would think President Donald Trump had just renounced his ties to the Republican Party instead of agreeing to a three-month deal to fund the federal government and extend the debt ceiling. House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Democrats’ proposal that wo…

  • From The Charlotte Observer
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It doesn’t get much more blatantly offensive than a white police officer saying cops “only kill black people,” no matter the context. That’s probably why Lt. Greg Abbott’s supervisor in the Cobb County police department was so quick to announce that Abbott would be fired shortly after video …

  • From The Baltimore Sun
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President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after a six-month delay is a transparent attempt to pass the buck. Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that in announcing the policy shift when he argued that the Obama administration executive o…

  • From The Hartford (Connecticut) Courant
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More people are dying of drug overdoses in Connecticut than from homicides, suicides and motor vehicle crashes combined. What will it take before the state and nation finally confront the problem with the urgency it requires?

  • From The Chicago Tribune
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Did you know that a Chinese company owns Armour hot dogs? As China’s economy grows, investors there have climbed the food chain to acquire valuable American brands such as AMC Theatres, New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel and Smithfield Foods, parent of Armour, which was founded in Chicago in 1867.

  • From The London Evening Standard
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None of North Korea’s neighbors want to see the collapse of its repressive regime, whatever they say in public. That’s the dirty secret behind all the diplomacy surrounding the current crisis. The last thing China wants is a unified, pro-western Korean nation on its doorstep — with US troops…

  • From The Dallas Morning News
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Twelve years ago this week, the city of Houston responded with heroic life-saving actions to the near drowning of New Orleans. This as-big-as-Texas effort earned Houston this newspaper’s Texan of the Year designation for 2005.

  • From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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In his 2010 book “I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works,” the technology writer Nick Bilton relayed anecdotes about early 19th-century anxieties in Britain at the dawn of train travel. It was thought that “people would asphyxiate if carried at speeds of more than 20 mph” and reputab…

  • From The Charlotte Observer
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Depending on which Founding Father or long-ago Supreme Court justice you cite, the president of the United States has pardon power to provide mercy in case of an overly harsh criminal code; to provide justice to the wrongfully convicted; and to help the country heal after particularly brutal…

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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The scale of flooding in the Houston area as a result of Hurricane Harvey is hard to imagine, and the images of suffering are horrifying to behold. In central and south Texas, an area the size of Michigan is now a storm-tossed lake. What Brad Kieserman, vice president of Red Cross, described…

  • From the Chicago Tribune
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When white supremacists wanted to hold a “Unite the Right” rally at the site of a Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, the Virginia city insisted they gather in a different park. So the neo-Nazis got help from an organization widely vilified on the far right: the American Civil Liberti…

  • From The Charlotte Observer
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The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution means nothing if its highest ideals are not staunchly protected during times of unrest. It means nothing if we reconsider — or undermine — the principles embedded in those words when public hate is on the rise and the purveyors of that hatred turn…

  • From The Dallas Morning News
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“I think there is blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it,” President Donald Trump said about the violence at the Unite the Right rally last week in Charlottesville, Va. The statement has been roundly denounced by Democrats and Republicans alike.

  • From The Dallas Morning News
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President Donald Trump’s top adviser, Steve Bannon, is out of the White House. The departure is welcome; his corrosive influence and association with white nationalists represents some of the worst elements in politics.

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