Editorials

There is a time and a place

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS It is a long-standing tradition to air the national anthem prior to kickoff at football games. Now, the NFL has decided to follow this tradition by playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is known traditionally to many Black Americans as the Black national anthem. The song was originally written as a poem in 1900 by author and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson. The NAACP coined it “the Negro national anthem”…
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Biden’s ambitions imperiled

By Jules Witcover President Joe Biden, eager to “go big” from the start of his administration, is taking a page from the playbook of Franklin D. Roosevelt in his effective assault on the Great Depression. But his plans to throw trillions of dollars into the effort is being challenged by Republican obstruction, and not only because of the opposition party’s supposed distaste for deficit spending. The Grand Old Party clearly recognizes the appeal to voters…
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Hearings should have been open to the public

Jamestown Post-Journal Last week, members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration held four community meetings focusing on gun violence. Chances are no one in those communities knew anything about them — because they were closed to the press. How counterproductive is that? One would think Hempstead, Middletown, Utica and Binghamton were chosen for the community meetings because those cities are having particular issues with gun violence. Wouldn’t it make sense to have the press in attendance…
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Hospital infection outbreaks

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY Public health officials struggle with telling the truth. They seem to think people don’t deserve to know. At the beginning of COVID-19, they told us we didn’t need masks instead of admitting there was a mask shortage. Last week, health officials announced outbreaks of a hospital infection that’s highly contagious and untreatable by any medication. One-third of patients who get it die within 30 days. You wouldn’t want to be in a…
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Search for the truth brings tears

By JAMIE STIEHM I don’t need a hearing to tell me what happened on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, which was stormed by an armed mob. But the nation needs a reckoning on that deadly day. It was a moment history will never forget, a presidential attack on an equal branch of government, Congress. This I can tell you: It was not a drill, nor a sightseeing lark. I felt something bad would happen,…
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On being vaccinated

By Marc A. Thiessen The pandemic is worsening and the delta variant is so infectious, we are told, that we need to return to covid-19 restrictions — even for fully vaccinated Americans. Los Angeles has already reinstated indoor mask mandates, and on Tuesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed its previous guidance and recommended that vaccinated people wear masks indoors in certain circumstances. Parents are bracing for a new push from teachers’ unions…
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