Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 23 Sep 2019 03:50:57 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Daily Editorials from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/daily-editorials-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials 713a8af5ed3d33965d5067a4ab3acac0 A Passing Storm or Coming Shipwreck? for 09/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/a-passing-storm-or-coming-shipwreck-20375 Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The always-amiable Father Andrew Gilligan, who for many years taught Latin at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, wanted his students to remember some of the great passages from Virgil's "The Aeneid" long after they had forgotten the arcane rules of Latin grammar.</p> <p>So, he gave us some to memorize.</p> <p>One was: "Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit."<p>Updated: Mon Sep 23, 2019</p> f5a526fb3c6b109b18202d9aa042dc4b Police Crackdown on Hong Kong Demands Measured but Clear U.S. Response for 09/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/police-crackdown-on-hong-kong-demands-measured-but-clear-us-response Mon, 23 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When China took over Hong Kong from Britain more than two decades ago, it agreed to allow continued freedoms there. That promise appears increasingly in jeopardy as police, apparently doing Beijing's bidding, continue cracking down on pro-democracy demonstrators &#8212; many of them waving American flags and publicly appealing for U.S. support.</p> <p>Obviously, America shouldn't become directly embroiled in the conflict &#8212; but it should ensure it isn't inadvertently aiding in oppression from Beijing. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Two measures pending in Congress would, among other things, prevent the sale of U.S. police equipment that could be used against protesters, and sanction those who commit violence against them, sending a message to China and the world that America remains on the side of political freedom.</span> There's no reason this bipartisan measure shouldn't pass easily and get President Donald Trump's signature.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 23, 2019</p> 7624b8e420c3ca50b2ac596dc540fde2 Let's Be Better, Not Feel Better for 09/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/lets-be-better-not-feel-better-0e6c4 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This week, my new book, "Our Broken America: Why Both Sides Need to Stop Ranting and Start Listening," is out, and I've been spreading the word that simply screaming at people in the other party won't solve problems. Many are finding my take &#8212; that it's OK to disagree, just do so agreeably &#8212; refreshing. Others believe that we must fight back, even harder. My belief is that the cynicism of the latter group has overridden their faith in our country and our system.</p> <p>It's easy to look at the current polarized political environment and become cynical. One side yells at the other; the other yells back; no progress appears to be made. <span class="column--highlighted-text">It's easy to believe that our nation is in trouble and we are in a downward spiral due to the divisiveness and rage that both sides show one another.</span> <p>Updated: Fri Sep 20, 2019</p> f9842b3f8cfd6ce8a61cff632e138a74 Iran is Clearly Provoking Saudi Arabia. Let the Kingdom Defend Itself. for 09/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/iran-is-clearly-provoking-saudi-arabia-let-the-kingdom-defend-itself Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Evidence abounds that Iran was behind Sunday's attack on oil facilities in eastern Saudi Arabia. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Much as Yemen's ragtag, Iran-backed Houthi rebels would like to think they were the ones who directed what appear to be 17 cruise missiles or drones with pinpoint accuracy against distant Saudi oil facilities, the world knows better.</span> Other nations can react as they choose, but this country has no responsibility to react at all, nor should it.</p> <p>President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened military action against Iran for recent attacks on Persian Gulf oil tankers and the downing of a U.S. military drone near Iranian airspace. Fortunately, cooler heads have prevailed among Trump's national security team. He now says the United States is "locked and loaded" for a response to this latest attack. Americans need to demand to know why, because this is not America's war. Trump, not Iran, abrogated the accord that stopped Iran's uranium-enrichment program.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 20, 2019</p> 8bdffa71e9605d027577e2c2e7010c84 As Other Universities Crack Down, Washington University Boosts Fraternity Culture for 09/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/as-other-universities-crack-down-washington-university-boosts-fraternity-culture Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Washington University has announced the addition of a new fraternity, Delta Chi, to its list of 11 social campus fraternities. This is barely 18 months after another organization was permanently suspended following the discovery of an AR-15 semi-automatic gun in a fraternity house, and a less than a year after a study by the Women's Panhellenic Association revealed that one in six sorority members have experienced "unwelcomed sexual experiences" in the fraternity-sorority environment.</p> <p>The timing couldn't be worse if the university's goal is to clean up fraternity culture and make clear that infractions of the rules won't be tolerated. Instead, the message being sent is, essentially, the more the merrier. Let's party, dude!<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 85c8dac5b30715ac0ad5bfbff37622ce 'Contractors' Like Uber Deserve Full Labor Rights, California Lawmakers Say for 09/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/contractors-like-uber-deserve-full-labor-rights-california-lawmakers-say Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a direct shot at the injustices inherent in America's growing "gig" economy, California lawmakers have passed legislation to make it more difficult for companies like Uber and Lyft, among many others, to classify their workers as contractors. To make such a classification, a company would have to show not only that those people truly work autonomously, but that the work they do isn't the company's core business &#8212; what most people understand "contractor" to mean, in other words.</p> <p>This is nothing more or less than the reassertion of labor rights that this nation long ago agreed were necessary, and that too many businesses are now circumventing with creative reclassification of employees. California's reform deserves consideration in setting national standards.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> b26bb14e5cc4c837fb2728ef276c81a2 Dangerous Straits for 09/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/dangerous-straits Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A new Middle East war seems a very bad option.</p> <p>Over the weekend, we got another reminder that we live in a very dangerous world.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 18, 2019</p> 242eb548e9e0dec5b119dfc8e61b8f03 Drive A Battery Car; Support Child Labor for 09/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/drive-a-battery-car-support-child-labor Wed, 18 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If driving a battery car, enjoy the ride. Just don't act smug.</p> <p>Acknowledge the child slaves who helped produce it. Think about the extraordinary volume of water used to mine metals for the car's energy. Think about the environmental toll the battery car imposes on Mother Earth.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 18, 2019</p> 362d66730d83f1fd0451019579799607 Democrats, Be Worried; Be Very, Very Worried for 09/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/democrats-be-worried-be-very-very-worried Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After three rounds of debates, the latest a winnowed field of 10 sharing a single stage, one thing seems clear: The Democratic Party needs a heavy hitter to enter this race, or one among the field to grasp reality. It is time to get real.</p> <p>Without someone impassioned, articulate and believable &#8212; think Oprah Winfrey or Michelle Obama &#8212; the Democratic field has no clear message. The 10 leading candidates cannot clearly articulate why they want the job. As explained by spiritual author and Democratic candidate Marianne Williamson, who did not make the stage Thursday, no one will beat President Donald Trump with wonky insider policy talk.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 17, 2019</p> 4503b27abc691b612ce4cd42f7bde0be Fight Against Opioid Abuse May Involve Providing Supervised Injection Sites for 09/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/fight-against-opioid-abuse-may-involve-providing-supervised-injection-sites Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's no hiding from the statistics. In 2018, 1,116 people died from overdoses in Philadelphia, according to that city's Department of Health, amounting to about three deaths per day and one of the highest per-capita totals in the country. Sadly, Missouri and St. Louis aren't far behind.</p> <p>A 2018 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of opioid overdoses in Missouri had increased by 18.9%, the second highest rate in the country. St. Louis and surrounding counties saw a similar increase, with 1,016 deaths, up from 831 in 2017, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. The problem is reflected in all kinds of ways on local streets, from the numbers of people rendered homeless by drug addiction to the fires and other security concerns in vacant houses posed by vagrant drug abusers.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 17, 2019</p> 3e8bf4685e25e155db5a312414d2ebc7 The Anniversary of That Terrible Day Has Come Again for 09/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/the-anniversary-of-that-terrible-day-has-come-again Mon, 16 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>We will never forget the morning, 18 years ago, that terrorists hijacked four planes and flew them into the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., and the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, killing 2,937 people and injuring 6,000 more. Another 40 died when the fourth plane, bound for the U.S. Capitol building, crashed in a field in Somerset County.</p> <p>The images of the towers falling and the Pentagon burning are seared into our memories. We also recall the eerie quiet of the skies, after commercial air traffic was grounded, and the anguish on the faces and tongues of victims' loved ones as they told us their stories.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">We should take our vow to "never forget" seriously.</span> With each year that passes, the number of Americans who do not remember that day rises. No one currently in high school remembers it. Very few who are in college today know where they were at 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 16, 2019</p> 77eba4d7fd6b4f50242739d7a724c503 Who's 'The Biggest Loser' in 2020? for 09/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/whos-the-biggest-loser-in-2020-3e8b2 Mon, 16 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It was another great week for President Donald Trump. And I guess it's up to me to spread the word. Why do I need to trumpet Trump? Because the president will never get credit from the liberal, Trump-hating mainstream media for anything he achieves.</p> <p>First, because of Trump's tireless achievements, the generic Democrat/Republican poll is out. Democrats held a 52-43 lead in advance of the 2018 midterms. Today, it's a dead heat. That bodes well for the GOP's chances to retake the House.</p> <p>I guess advocating reparations, open borders, free health care for illegals, killing cows and banning straws has its limitations.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 16, 2019</p> ac2e171d49608e955ba2f1cd442f1511 Time to Bring Down the Hammer on the Vaping Industry for 09/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/time-to-bring-down-the-hammer-on-the-vaping-industry-0db8b Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>E-cigarettes have for too long held a unique place in the American regulatory framework. They aren't tobacco, so the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has no jurisdiction. Though their ingredients are ingestible, liquid vapor manufacturers haven't completely submitted to the Food and Drug Administration's jurisdiction. These devices sneaked into Americans' lives and their vapor into too many people's lungs, making users human guinea pigs in an experiment that is yielding increasingly tragic outcomes.</p> <p>On Monday, the FDA issued a stark warning to e-cigarette maker Juul to stop advertising its products as a safe alternative until the agency grants its approval. At least four users have died in recent weeks from lung ailments caused by inhaling vapor infused with ingredients which aren't entirely known to regulators. The vaping industry has been around for about a decade, yet the regulatory framework governing them remains in its infancy while users are poisoning themselves.</p> <p>E-cigarettes were once hailed as a revolutionary way to help millions of smokers wean themselves off cancer-causing tobacco cigarettes. Around the time they were introduced, an average of 435,000 people were dying prematurely each year from smoking-related diseases.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 13, 2019</p> a3c68d4e0d9eafe51c05af546ea20606 The National Babysitting Bill Is Unaffordable. We Need a Rational President. for 09/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/the-national-babysitting-bill-is-unaffordable-we-need-a-rational-president Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>President Donald Trump apparently thinks he has the power to dictate the forces of nature. Even when scientists are able to demonstrate with visual certainty that nature will behave in specific and predictable ways when certain environmental circumstances are present, Trump consistently tries to narrate his own divergent outcome, no matter how irrational it might be.</p> <p>For years, Trump has made painfully evident that he believes global warming is a hoax, and no amount of West Coast firestorms or catastrophic weather events will change his mind. Trump is so defiant about the damage being caused by fossil fuels, he is trying to impose policies specifically designed to increase environmental degradation.</p> <p>But nowhere has his ego-driven policy been more evident than in his insistence last week that Hurricane Dorian was bound for Alabama, even as the top weather scientists in the country insisted otherwise. All pretense of logic and rationality seems to be gone from White House explanations of Trump's behavior. If Trump's baseless personal assessments conflict directly with science, computer simulations, satellite imagery and reports on the ground, well, he's right and they're wrong.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 13, 2019</p> 5cfbdd31859d6f5e40c461d8065f7a40 Let's Never Forget What Happened on This Day for 09/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/lets-never-forget-what-happened-on-this-day Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today marks the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, a day in history we can never afford to forget.</p> <p>Sept. 11, 2001, was by all accounts a brilliantly sunny day in New York City. Views from the World Trade Center towers were phenomenal. And then terrorists rammed two commercial airlines into the buildings. The nation stopped.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> 9f83e026d40f3e5b6006c339a498c57e Short Takes on Conversion Therapy and Wishful Thinking for 09/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/short-takes-on-conversion-therapy-and-wishful-thinking Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Converting From 'Conversion'</p> <p>For two decades, McKrae Game operated a faith-based conversion therapy program designed to "cure" gays and lesbians. Now he has come out as gay &#8212; and is apologizing for the damage he caused.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> 1a42db52023efa7fbb2ca6f178f2e099 Let's Solve the Student Debt Problem for 09/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/lets-solve-the-student-debt-problem Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today's Perspective feature, in The Gazette's recently expanded Sunday editorial section, grapples with the nationwide dilemma of student loan debt as people begin their fall semesters.</p> <p>Our articles, which originated in our sister publication The Washington Examiner and The Wall Street Journal, discuss the implications of outstanding student loan debt totaling $1.6 trillion at the end of June. That is more than triple the number two decades ago.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 11, 2019</p> 289e9223989be6869a99cdfbfb089e60 Trump Again Coddles Kremlin by Threatening to Withhold Ukraine Aid for 09/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/trump-again-coddles-kremlin-by-threatening-to-withhold-ukraine-aid Wed, 11 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump may withhold $250 million in military aid to Ukraine, money meant to confront Russian aggression. It comes on the heels of Trump's recent, lonely campaign to get Russia invited back into the G-7, and his many earlier displays of slavishness toward the Kremlin.</p> <p>What will it take for Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley and other congressional Republicans to ask the obvious questions about the president's stubborn, mysterious obeisance to America's greatest geopolitical foe?<p>Updated: Wed Sep 11, 2019</p> 829cc820065fa1e5b3ffd8c07ab77f81 Trump Actually Planned to Host the Taliban at Camp David. What Was He Thinking? for 09/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/trump-actually-planned-to-host-the-taliban-at-camp-david-what-was-he-thinking Tue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The collapse of talks between the Trump administration and the Taliban brings to a merciful end an ill-conceived process that risked handing over power in Afghanistan to a terrorist organization. President Donald Trump was actually on the verge of hosting Taliban leaders at Camp David as Americans commemorated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. No one should need reminding that the Taliban provided safe haven to the al-Qaida masterminds of those attacks.</p> <p>If Camp David was Trump's idea, it's a clear warning that something isn't right in his head. Clear-minded, thoughtful leaders do not insult the memory of the 9/11 dead by welcoming al-Qaida collaborators to Camp David &#8212; especially when the Taliban still hasn't apologized for its role. If this wasn't Trump's idea, then why didn't he raise objections earlier? Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad have both defended the abortive meeting.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 10, 2019</p> b151b918ff0d19ed85ce674b7d8c3e41 The Secular Left Is Intent on Punishing Drew Brees for 09/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/19/the-secular-left-is-intent-on-punishing-drew-brees Tue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>NFL superstar quarterback Drew Brees did the unthinkable. He encouraged children to "live their faith" and participate in "Bring Your Bible to School Day" on Oct. 3. Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family sponsors the occasion, which Brees helped promote in a 22-second video.</p> <p>Far-left media, bloggers and social media pundits are apoplectic over Brees promoting the Christian faith. Even a few quasi-mainstream media organizations are attacking Brees for associating with a "hate group."<p>Updated: Tue Sep 10, 2019</p>