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Editorials

  • EDITORIAL: Media should be cautious when spreading information

    As reporters, it is our job to share the truth with our community. We strive hard to find all the facts, to talk to as many people as we can to make sure what we print provides our readers accurate information.

  • EDITORIAL: Republican legislators right to resist Pence’s tax cut

    Our system of government is based on checks and balances, several of which were written into the U.S. Constitution.

    One check that was not written into the Constitution was the two-party system. As long as one party does not dominate any government, it is hard to pass foolish legislation, as two sides get to make their points in extensive debate first.

  • EDITORIAL: Benedict’s resignation changes papacy forever

    Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign the papacy has forever changed the way the world views the man who holds the keys of St. Peter. That may not be a bad thing since the man who will replace Benedict faces real-world issues that demand quick and decisive action.

    Berlin Archbishop Rainer Woelki was on the mark when he called Benedict’s decision to step down, the first pope to do so in six centuries, “a demystification of the papal office.”

  • EDITORIAL: Drones bill belongs in legislative ‘dungeon’

    American skies will soon be abuzz with drones, and the number of uses to which they’ll be put leads us to envision swarms of the unmanned aerial vehicles zipping to and fro over our heads.

  • EDITORIAL: Students should be encouraged, not thwarted by school boards

    Earlier this month, a group of students in a central Florida school district were met with opposition from their school board as they attempted to form an extracurricular group. The middle-schoolers attempted to form a gay-straight alliance group during the 2011-12 school year, but according to reports on Huffington Post, they were turned town.

  • EDITORIAL: Indiana should allow Sunday liquor sales

    The Indiana House of Representatives’ Public Policy Committee has delayed until at least this week deciding whether to advance a bill to allow Sunday liquor sales in Indiana.

    Public Policy Committee Chairman Bill Davis made that decision after hearing conflicting testimony on the bill at a hearing last Wednesday.

  • EDITORIAL: A cardinal pays for his sins

    A cardinal was relieved of his public duties last week in another sign the American Catholic Church is more willing to confront decades of abuse of children by priests and the sins of those who tried to hide the truth and protected pedophiles.

    In a never-before-seen move, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, of all public duties over his failure to handle reports of clergy sex abuse.

    Mahoney served as Los Angeles archbishop from 1985 until his retirement in 2011.

  • EDITORIAL: How well do you know your First Amendment?

    Much recent discussion has focused on the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

    While we appreciate spirited debate on any public issue, we would like to see Americans go back to Square 1; our collective knowledge of the First Amendment leaves much to be desired.

  • EDITORIAL: Be aware of school buses; watch for the stop arm

    We hear a lot of things on the police scanners that sit in the office at the News. Most of the time, the calls are what you would expect. But it seems lately, with schools in the county back in session, there have been a few calls in about motorists illegally passing buses while they are stopped and delivering or collecting students.

    It’s not an epidemic in the county by any means, however even hearing two or three instances are cause for concern.

  • EDITORIAL: Banning assault weapons again makes sense (CORRECTED)

    CORRECTION: This editorial advocating regulations on assault weapons erred by stating that most mass shootings had been carried out by people using weapons in “automatic mode.”

    As several readers have pointed out since the editorial’s publication, automatic weapons are not legal for purchase in the United States and have not been so for many years.

    Pledging swift action to curb gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden said he will deliver new proposals to President Barack Obama by Tuesday.