Editorials

A scare likely to make many people sick to their stomachs

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by several big store chains, including CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens. Officials at those companies took the action after concern was expressed by federal health regulators.…
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Is the DEA doing its job?

“We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the beginnings of a plague that affects virtually every part of the United States. A report from the inspector general concludes that DEA officials failed miserably in their…
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Can Congress walk and chew gum?

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of such tragedies in the future. New limits on gun ownership, perhaps through “red flag” laws aimed at people deemed to be…
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Limiting ‘red flag’ seizures

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the concern voiced by many is whether law-abiding, peaceful citizens might become ensnared in the process. How would decisions to take a person’s firearms be made?…
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Keeping vape from children a no-brainer

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, different concern about e-cigarettes. It is that many juveniles who would never consider using tobacco products have taken up vaping because they believe — wrongly — that the…
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Release of transcript threatens presidency

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become such a take-no-prisoners affair in the United States that it threatens to affect our foreign policy adversely, under this president and his successors. Trump is being accused by Democrat leaders of…
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