Editorials

A reason why we call spouse ‘Better-Half’

Whether the exquisite furniture in the Blue Room at the White House is genuine antiques or department-store reproductions is nowhere near as important as, say, the war in Afghanistan. And whether the wallpaper in the Red Room is refurbished or, at high cost, replaced has no effect on the national debt. After all, the White House is merely a residence, an office complex and a location for important state affairs such as hosting foreign dignitaries.…
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Demonstration of hypocrisy

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau cultivates an image of being the new face of liberalism. At 47, he is still young, and that fact alone has helped his popularity. It has taken something of a dive…
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Energy independence on the horizon

Officials in Saudi Arabia have said damage from an attack on oil production facilities last weekend is being repaired quickly. By Wednesday, about half the production capacity affected had been restored. Still, the interruption in exports from the oil-rich kingdom ought to serve as a reminder that U.S. politicians who advocate shutting down our nation’s fossil-fuel industry without having true alternatives in place are wrong. Some Democratic candidates for president have gone as far as…
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Poor judgement call on story

Last year, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced confirmation hearings that at times seemed more like an inquisition than an effort by U.S. senators to get at the truth. In the end the fact Kavanaugh had been subjected to a purely partisan assault became clear when the full Senate voted on his confirmation: In the 50-48 vote, just one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, said yes to Kavanaugh. Then, with Kavanaugh having served…
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Fracking ban would be irresponsible

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look for others to jump on the bandwagon. Anything that hampers — or, preferably, in the minds of some extremists, kills — any aspect of the fossil fuel industry appeals to a…
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The right move to make

Leaders of the quasi-terrorist organization known as the Taliban had every reason to believe their strategy of shedding blood to prod Americans into pulling out of Afghanistan would work. It has in the past, for both Islamic extremists and others. Not this time. President Donald Trump had planned a secret meeting with Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. It was expected the gathering, to be held at the Camp David presidential retreat, would be…
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