The next act of Congress

The collapse of the Republicans' health care bill shows that the party has been so consumed with being against Obamacare provisions that it hasn't been able to agree on what it wants.

Don't filibuster Gorsuch Supreme Court vote

It is not hyperbole to call the seat stolen. Yet the response should not be to block the appointment of Judge Gorsuch and extend the vacancy.

Keep those butts off our beaches

The only butts that should be welcomed at local beaches are those clothed in swimsuits. Keep the cigarette variety away from the sand and shore.

U.S. can't abandon a world in trouble

One of the most counterproductive cuts proposed by President Trump is the plan to slash such “soft power” staples as diplomacy and foreign aid.

Need for impartial review of Russian ties is now clear

The conduct of intelligence committee chairs and the potential for conflict in the Department of Justice point to the need for an independent panel and a special prosecutor.

Draft drugmakers for war on opioid abuse

Endangering of federal funds to treat opioid abuse signals that it's time to look for more allies. Number one should be companies profiting from the sale of opiate painkillers, as called for in Senate bill.

Pruitt's dirty EPA plans

Scott Pruitt and President Trump are making policy that defies settled science.

Lockbox before tolls

Toll revenue has several advantages over a big increase in the gas tax, the other viable option.

Assuring state business incentive programs work

A proposal by Comptroller Kevin Lembo, a likely candidate for governor, to provide independent analysis of state incentive programs makes sense and deserves approval, if it doesn't mean expanding the bureaucracy.

Well-crafted Millstone bill deserves support

The energy committee has produced a bill that helps assure the viability of Millstone nuclear station while also encouraging the growth of renewables and maintaining substantial price competition.

Frustration over electric energy cooperative grows

Try as they might, local ethics panels may simply not be up to the job of holding utility officials accountable.

Let Trump eat what he wants

Is it right, in a free society, for foodies to monitor the president’s plate like a disapproving waiter? No, we say!


Thomas undermines his own poverty argument

I read Cal Thomas’ recent column, “

War on poverty, and sanctuary cities

America's longest war didn't address...

Male military members take commander's lead

The military’s job is to protect, right? So why is the military failing to protect the women (and men) who choose to enlist in the military...


Colt subsidy makes state the arsenal of hypocrisy

The governor seems to be saying that guns are bad unless they are made by members of a union allied with his political party, in which case guns...

Personality and policy

Leaders who lead by personality can also die by personality, which is what happened in the House last week when the president’s threats and...

Trump ‘faithful’ get cuts they voted for

Perhaps some of the surprised Trump faithful didn’t realize that when it comes to the flow of federal money, they’re on the receiving...