Editorial: The danger of legal immunity for those who expose others to COVID-19
The Florida Legislature is not quite as indifferent to the coronavirus pandemic as it might appear. Some members are actually talking about immunity. Unfortunately, it’s altogether the wrong kind.The immunity they have in mind is protection for nursing homes and other businesses against being sued over COVID-19 illnesses and deaths.One reason why that’s wrong is self-evident in the story we published Tuesday about a lawsuit against Publix Supermarkets over the death of Gerardo Gutierrez, who worked at one its stores in Miami Beach and died of COVID-19 after a co-worker had tested positive.It’s...
Editorial: After 19 years, bring troops in Afghanistan home
Given President Donald Trump's habit of making weighty decisions based on whims, the national security establishment's pushback against his plan to bring home 2,000 of the 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 500 of the 3,000 in Iraq by Jan. 15 is understandable. A speedy drawdown of troops in such unstable areas may seem as dumb and dangerous as the president's recent rash talk of bombing Iran on his way out the door. For one thing, Trump should leave massive foreign policy changes for when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in. For another, Trump should be far more focused on the war against...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Editorial: Madam secretary: In praise of Biden's choice of Janet Yellen
It makes headlines but is ultimately of no moment that Janet Yellen will, when confirmed, become the nation’s first female secretary of the treasury, just as she was the first female chair of the Federal Reserve. Women filling government’s top jobs is inching ever closer to becoming simply the norm.What matters about Yellen — born and bred in Bay Ridge, Jewish daughter of a schoolteacher and doctor, valedictorian at Fort Hamilton High — is that she is a brilliant economist and public policy tactician, a believer in aggressive government intervention who knows how to move both fiscal and moneta...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Diplomacy is still the key to curbing Iran
The assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist may also prove lethal to President-elect Joe Biden’s stated desire to recommit to the Iran nuclear deal.Whether that was the objective of Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is unknown. What is clear is that the reaction from adversary and ally alike may make it more difficult for the U.S. to diplomatically reengage with Iran and return to the multinational pact that was negotiated during the Obama administration.President Donald Trump reneged and withdrew America from the deal in 2018 and subsequently leveled severe sanctions on Iran for it...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: The COVID-19 vaccine is a gift from science. Accept it
In three separate announcements in recent weeks, three scientific teams at different pharmaceutical companies have given a weary, frightened world what it needs: a verifiable path to defeat the coronavirus pandemic, end the suffering and start the process of returning life to the normal rhythms of “before.”Imagine again going to work and school, to restaurants and concerts without significant risk of infection. Imagine being able to travel. Imagine hugging family members and friends. We are likely to get there in 2021 because a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine appears on pace for emergency reg...
Editorial: Of prayers and plagues: What the Supreme Court got wrong about Gov. Cuomo's COVID restrictions
The unsigned opinion by the nation’s highest court got it wrong, insisting that restrictions placed on religious gatherings imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s COVID hot spots must be nullified, for they violate the First Amendment.The dissent by the Bronx’s Sonia Sotomayor got it right. The rules, capping gatherings at 10 people or less, are actually more generous for faith-based institutions than for any other type: “New York treats houses of worship far more favorably than their secular comparators.” How on Earth can that be an offense to the guaranteed freedom to exercise religion? ...
New York Daily News
Editorial: GM cozies up to Biden with opportunistic fuel-standard reversal
Some corporations demonstrate strong concerns for the environment. And some swing with the political winds. Put General Motors in the latter category.General Motors announced this week that it was dropping support of the Trump administration’s effort to strip California of its right to set vehicle fuel standards. And it said it would join President-elect Joe Biden’s push for auto electrification to reduce climate warming emissions.It was the right move. But pardon us if we’re not ready to trust the sincerity of GM CEO Mary Barra’s sudden, opportunistic reversal. It will take more than that to ...
The Mercury News
Editorial: As COVID surges, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has gone MIA
If 2020 were a play, Florida would have reached Act 2 of the COVID-19 drama. It’s disturbingly like Act 1.Cases are surging, people are waiting hours to get tested and Ron DeSantis doesn’t appear up to the job.Actually, he hasn’t appeared much of anywhere lately. DeSantis has adopted a basement strategy since the election, retreating to the governor’s mansion and avoiding most interviews.No doubt, he’s had an exhausting year, and is disappointed by the defeat of his political benefactor, Donald Trump. But this is not the time to go underground.With the holidays bearing down, it’s time for DeSa...
Editorial: Give it up: As GSA begins transition, President Trump's flailing still corrodes trust in democratic institutions
Maybe Donald Trump finally sees that the trash compactor walls are closing in. After otherwise loyal Republicans increasingly acknowledged that his legal options are exhausted and urged the transition to President-elect Joe Biden to begin immediately, Trump allowed the General Services Administration to finally allow the process to proceed.Pray this means the famously adolescent and mercurial president is prepared to transform into something approximating a grownup, acknowledging the election results he still refuses to fully accept and enabling a full and smooth passing of the baton to Biden,...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Biden builds a solid foreign policy team
Global challenges won’t wait for President Donald Trump to accept his clear defeat. So President-elect Joe Biden has been wise not to wait either, especially when it comes to forming his foreign policy team.Biden’s announcement of several key posts sends a signal to adversarial nations and transnational actors who would seek to seize advantage of the current administration’s dysfunction — as well as to U.S. allies alienated by Trump’s treatment — that a seasoned, sensible team will guide the United States in the next administration.Leading the list is Antony Blinken, Biden’s choice for secreta...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)