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Editorials

Extinction declaration comes as no surprise

The federal government on Wednesday declared 23 species of birds, fish and other species to be extinct. It is a somber kind of declaration, to acknowledge that species that used to live on earth are no longer here. It may be somber, but it’s not exactly a surprise. These species have not ...

Debt limit chicken

Republicans in the Senate are playing a game of debt limit chicken, and the edge of the cliff is getting dangerously close. The federal government’s fiscal year ends today, and without a continuing resolution to allow spending for government operations, and an increase in the national debt ...

Vaccine mandates in health care

Several states across the nation are enforcing mandates this week requiring health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. And the consequences could be a shortage of health care workers as those who resist are fired, or suspended, or quit rather than get the vaccination. It is ...

Dollars and values

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was talking Sunday about plans for passing the trillions of dollars in infrastructure funding and President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” program. Pelosi promised that the $1 trillion infrastructure bill would pass this week, and that the $3.5 trillion ...

Vaccinations for kids

Pfizer, the company that produces one of the major COVID-19 vaccines, announced this week that its vaccine will work on children aged 5 to 12, and that it will seek approval from the government to begin offering vaccinations to children. The Pfizer vaccine is administered at smaller doses for ...

We’re caught between high stakes negotiations

Some mighty high-stakes poker is being played in our nation’s capital these days, with the nation’s fiscal future hanging in the balance. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to approve a federal debt limit and funding continuation plan that would allow the government to remain ...