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 Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:16:54 -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 cdf7dd27b11ea2a5353cc49e4b5826ae Let's Do What We Can to Help Carry Each Other for 09/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/lets-do-what-we-can-to-help-carry-each-other Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One thing that will be absolutely essential is patience, especially in the next several weeks as emergency and life-threatening conditions persist.</p> <p>How much destruction and misery can one region endure?<p>Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2018</p> 754d4f6ffc6d68670cd24ba3eda27e63 Rushing Justice on the Kavanaugh Allegations for 09/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/rushing-justice-on-the-kavanaugh-allegations Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>It is theoretically possible that Senate Republicans are acting in good faith in their handling of a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Perhaps they really would like to fairly consider his accuser's story. Maybe they do want to get to the bottom of it before they seat Kavanaugh for life.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2018</p> a4b40f2e0e98f91e453349a0dab259b5 Top Schools Needed from Pre-K to Ph.D. for 09/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/top-schools-needed-from-pre-k-to-phd Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>UF moved up to No. 8 among public universities in the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings. Unfortunately, Florida's public schools haven't fared as well.</p> <p>The University of Florida's rise in the national rankings didn't happen by accident.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> 1a251ce367225fca6b8434c2715a235d Trump Cherry-Picks Evidence in His Latest Obstruction of Justice for 09/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/trump-cherry-picks-evidence-in-his-latest-obstruction-of-justice Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump this week ordered the selective declassification of internal documents from the Russian interference probe &#8212; an order plainly meant to manipulate public opinion about an investigation growing ever closer to proving that Trump's campaign conspired with a hostile foreign government to win the 2016 election.</p> <p>It is the latest example, and one of the most brazen, of Trump's outright contempt for both federal law enforcement agencies and the concept of rule of law itself. As usual when Trump undermines legitimate functions of government for his own selfish purposes, he is being enabled by the cheers of his blindly supportive Republican allies in Congress. Even those who don't cheer offer complicit silence.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> f39f1c5f4d63f0feae08f66273ffb7be Use Sensible Approach on Climate Change for 09/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/use-sensible-approach-on-climate-change Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There is a conservative approach to climate change, one that takes a pragmatic path to protecting our most valuable asset: Earth.</p> <p>The approach is businesslike. And it boils down to this: Just as people buy insurance to protect themselves from auto, fire and health catastrophes, mankind should take precautions to protect the world against the catastrophic effects of climate change.</p> <p>It's a risk management approach, something that most in Jacksonville &#8212; Florida's business city &#8212; should appreciate.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2018</p> a5120253558c5817f1f8834d447e8cef GOP Owns Wage Proposals. Now What? for 09/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/gop-owns-wage-proposals-now-what Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Michigan's economy has made a huge comeback in the last eight years, and businesses in the state want to keep the momentum going. Many feared what they saw as reckless ballot proposals that could slow down the growth, and they got the Legislature involved. Now lawmakers must figure out what's next after adopting two wage-related measures.</p> <p>Lawmakers have some serious work to do on the forced paid leave and hiked minimum wage initiatives to make them palatable for employers and workers while respecting the bounds of the Michigan Constitution.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 19, 2018</p> 9ea7ceaf358df89e9161850ad635a927 More Proof that Charters Do Better for 09/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/more-proof-that-charters-do-better Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Hard evidence continues to debunk the widely circulated myth that charter schools in Detroit perform no better than traditional public schools. It certainly isn't true when it comes to scores on the SAT, the test used by many colleges to rank applicants.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 18, 2018</p> c53811dd677636a218caedcc5ef008ed Watching the Watchdog on College Loans for 09/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/watching-the-watchdog-on-college-loans Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A top federal regulator of the student loan industry resigned in protest last month from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying the Trump administration is siding with the financial sector against students besieged by questionable lending practices and private-university scams. It's the latest indication that an important federal office Republicans have always hated is being prevented from doing its job now that they're in charge.</p> <p>Part of that job is to prevent college students from falling prey to unscrupulous student loan practices, a responsibility the administration is dodging with all its might. Republicans have long vilified the Obama-era consumer-protection agency precisely because its mission is to protect vulnerable populations, like students, against predatory financial practices and powerful banking entities.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 18, 2018</p> 96f4d95aafad5f8920e80fd5ec172ee0 'Unspeakably Hellish' Workhouse Conditions Require a Clear Plan for 09/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/unspeakably-hellish-workhouse-conditions-require-a-clear-plan Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For years, human rights advocates have warned that conditions at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution, also known as the City Workhouse, are unacceptable verging on Dickensian: violence, mold, rats, unbearable heat in summer, all in an overcrowded, half-century-old facility.</p> <p>The latest chapter dropped last week, with a new report by activists reiterating many of the same points. They want the workhouse shut down. The city correctly responds that a shutdown isn't feasible, given that hundreds of inmates, many of them dangerous, are housed there and the city has nowhere else to send them.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 17, 2018</p> d67544141f3351aeadf8da96908a5549 We Need Facts On Cuba for 09/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/we-need-facts-on-cuba-attack Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, The New York Times jolted Washington's political class with an opinion article by an anonymous "senior" White House official who asserted that many of President Donald Trump's top advisers are actually working to undermine his policies, which they consider irresponsible, immature and potentially harmful to national security.</p> <p>The piece raised several serious questions about Trump's fitness for office, the functioning of his administration, whether loyalty to him or to the country is more important and whether bureaucrats should impose their judgment over that of the people's elected officials.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 17, 2018</p> d3c7a908386c120a8cd9e215661a4e96 Regulatory Loophole Lets Uber and Lyft Drivers Continue Violating Privacy for 09/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/regulatory-loophole-lets-uber-and-lyft-drivers-continue-violating-privacy Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last year, the Missouri Legislature bowed to demands by ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft and passed a law keeping their St. Louis drivers out from under the regulation of the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission. The commission regulates traditional cab companies, but local ride-hailing drivers plying the same streets answer only to the new state law.</p> <p>We opposed the legislative move at the time because it set up a two-tiered system that left local regulators unable to do their jobs. The commission's job is to protect the safety and welfare of paying customers, regardless of the for-hire service they use. As we noted at the time, the state essentially said, "Let the buyer beware." Boy, were we right.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 14, 2018</p> 01f566f1542b2a2d8a3d59807c88101b Open the Books on Candidate Tax Returns for 09/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/open-the-books-on-candidate-tax-returns Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Richard Nixon famously declared in November 1973, amid allegations he'd cheated on his personal taxes, "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I am not a crook." Under pressure, Nixon soon released five years' worth of tax documents. Thus did a crooked president unintentionally launch one of the better traditions of American political transparency.</p> <p>For four decades after Nixon, every major-party presidential candidate voluntarily released his or her personal tax returns. The practice spread to congressional offices, governorships and beyond. Americans have become so accustomed to the practice that the public is left with only one conclusion when a politician refuses to do it: He or she must have something to hide.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 14, 2018</p> e18c61bd0380d0781679ae7ba75da9ac New York Times Trashes Transparency for 09/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/new-york-times-trashes-transparency Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The New York Times routinely lectures readers about the need for transparency. The public has a right to know who does what in the hallowed halls of power.</p> <p>"What Happened to Transparency?" asks the headline of a Times editorial in 2014.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> 2878afef7a3d591562f512a47412b217 The Erosion of Abortion Rights Starts in Missouri for 09/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/the-erosion-of-abortion-rights-starts-in-missouri Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Those who fear that Brett Kavanaugh's ascension to the Supreme Court would start the erosion of abortion rights across America are mistaken: Kavanaugh hasn't even been confirmed yet, and the erosion has already begun &#8212; in Missouri.</p> <p>In a Monday ruling based on linguistic smoke and mirrors, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis upheld a Missouri law that restricts access to abortion by imposing gratuitous physical standards on abortion clinics. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a nearly identical Texas law just two years ago.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2018</p> 7c1aff98cd314bfff0803a0cd06d419d Sen. McCaskill Goal Should Be to Survive in Office and Fight Again for 09/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/sen-mccaskill-goal-should-be-to-survive-in-office-and-fight-again Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A president whom a majority of voters opposed and a Republican Senate that has already stolen one Supreme Court seat for him are now pushing their second Donald Trump nominee onto the bench. Brett Kavanaugh brings a history of mudslinging partisanship, apparent hostility toward abortion rights and a belief that presidents are above the law. He'll be a fine foot soldier in the GOP's campaign to force upon America a court that is ideologically at odds with a majority of its citizens.</p> <p>So, yes, the fury that liberals feel over this process is understandable. They should temper it, however, with the knowledge that the current situation was partly created by Democrats' own repeated failure to take the long view in political battles of the moment. Yet they do it again by directing their fury toward embattled Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is locked in a struggle to retain her Missouri seat.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 12, 2018</p> 3d4b8842abe227db5bb9665cb994474d Time for the 25th for 09/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/time-for-the-25th Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>In these days of political hysteria, it took a former president known for his unflappable calmness to put the events of last week into proper perspective. "The claim that everything will turn out OK because there are people inside the White House who secretly aren't following the president's orders &#8212; this is not a check," Barack Obama said in his speech Friday at the University of Illinois. "That's not how our democracy is supposed to work."<p>Updated: Tue Sep 11, 2018</p> 95fdf478f9f532db5ffb0e4c001cb549 Kavanaugh Shouldn't Matter This Much for 09/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/kavanaugh-shouldnt-matter-this-much Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The public should not need to fret this much about one Supreme Court nominee.</p> <p>No one explains this better than Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb. A civic scholar and former university president, Sasse earned a doctorate in history from Yale and a bachelor's in government from Harvard. Nonetheless, he cites "Schoolhouse Rock!" when explaining the proper roles of the federal government's executive, legislative and judicial branches.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 11, 2018</p> 4a88af0bc6a41f2047d1c26db149aa84 Getting Yoga's Benefits Without Saying the Word for 09/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/getting-yogas-benefits-without-saying-the-word Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Let's stipulate from the start that yoga is, as Merriam-Webster states, "A Hindu theistic philosophy teaching the suppression of all activity of body, mind and will in order that the self may realize its distinction from them and attain liberation."</p> <p>There's also a "No. 2 definition" in that renowned dictionary: "A system of physical postures, breathing techniques and sometimes meditation derived from yoga but often practiced independently, especially in Western cultures, to promote physical and emotional well-being."<p>Updated: Mon Sep 10, 2018</p> 89c767260167ecb103aa9dd46feacdb9 Ill-Conceived Bill Clamps Down on Release of Body Cam Footage for 09/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/ill-conceived-bill-clamps-down-on-release-of-body-cam-footage Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rep. Jesse Kremer says a bill he sponsored that passed the Assembly last week is designed to protect victims by making it much harder for the public to see police camera footage. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Instead, the new government regulations would keep important public records away from the citizens who own them and who need to know how well their government is working on their behalf.</span> </p> <p>"We've been giving up a lot of privacy with the technology that's out there, especially since 9/11. We feel like we're kind of treading on thin ice as it relates to the Fourth Amendment," said Kremer, a Republican from Kewaskum.<p>Updated: Mon Sep 10, 2018</p> a62111edc4e90d003bae7ca3399523df Nike Ad Sends A 'Terrible Message' for 09/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/daily-editorials/09/18/nike-ad-sends-a-terrible-message Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Nike, as we know it, officially began on May 30, 1971. The swoosh has become an iconic symbol, as it appears every place people play or work. Nike is celebrating an anniversary and decided to launch a new campaign based on its 30-year-old slogan, "Just Do It," featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The new slogan, "Just do it. Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything," has sparked a storm of responses.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 07, 2018</p>