Editorial: Census Bureau needs more time, and Congress must act fast to make sure everyone gets counted
A pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans, and the toxic politics of a presidential election year, have disrupted the taking of the 2020 Census. That’s worrisome for anybody whose life is touched in some way by federal spending — meaning, pretty much everybody. The census is not a quaint tradition or historical artifact; it’s a research project to gather, analyze and certify data that the federal government will utilize for a decade — including for apportionment of congressional seats. The pandemic’s effects could linger for some time, so information from the 2020 Census will be e...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Bloomberg raises big bucks to help Florida's ex-felons vote. We'll take a little credit for that
Last week, the Miami Herald Editorial Board urged Michael Bloomberg to “write a big old check” to help ex-felons in Florida vote in the presidential election. The editorial was picked up by several national outlets.This week, he announced that he has raised almost $20 million for the cause. Bravo!After decades of being denied the right to vote, most former prisoners in the state still are being denied access to the ballot box, even though, in 2018, a solid majority of voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing them to cast a ballot. Gov. DeSantis and the Republican Legislature erected...
Editorial: Endorsement: Joe Biden is the anti-toxin America needs
Among the myriad lawn signs sprouting in anticipation of November’s presidential election, two are noteworthy for their seeming nonpartisanship:The first sign — “ANY FUNCTIONING ADULT 2020” — makes light of America’s current upheaval, tacitly confessing how little today’s disillusioned voters expect of their elected leaders.The second, beginning with the words “IN THIS HOUSE,” advertises the occupants’ allegiance to a list of cardinal virtues — kindness, respect for learning, compassion for those with disabilities, etc. — as timeless and anodyne as the Girl Scout Law.Neither sign mentions any ...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: HKFP seeks full-time and freelance talent, launches new freelance charter
With freelance journalists increasingly in the crosshairs, HKFP has launched a new Freelance Charter to attract, protect and support journalists as well as to help enrich and diversify our coverage.We invite freelance journalists with a track record to pitch features on Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. We also invite videographers and experienced editors to get in touch if they wish to be added to our day rate database.HKFP remains a small company on a tight budget, but the charter represents a step forward in setting new standards and is based on The Guardian’s guidelines. As we grow in the comin...
Hong Kong Free Press
Editorial: A grim milestone for COVID-19: 200,000
If a terrorist attack took 200,000 American lives, the country would mobilize for war. Yet as the U.S. death toll for COVID-19 passes that awful number, the nation’s response is so fractured that it can be hard to tell anything is seriously amiss. The country could do many things to stem the damage wrought by the coronavirus, but the current grim milestone calls for a simpler and more natural response: grief.Take a moment to reflect on the enormity of our loss. If the pandemic were a war, it would be the third-costliest in U.S. history. It has killed more Americans than all our combined wars b...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Rage is out of control in America
Police officers shouldn’t be attacked or killed just because they’ve chosen the dangerous job to protect and serve their fellow citizens. Nor should Black and brown people be injured or killed by cops because of the color of their skin.But as those types of tragedies continue to occur in America, they feed a national sense of fear and rage.Most recently, the horrific shooting of two Compton, California, sheriff’s deputies as they sat in their marked SUV ratcheted up that rage. The shooting, captured on video, showed a lone gunman run up to the window and shoot the officers multiple times.A cro...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Editorial: Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer for women
As students from afar of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at 87, how are we to assess her legacy? Simply: She was a fervent advocate for women’s equality. From her early days arguing landmark gender discrimination cases for the American Civil Liberties Union to her nearly three decades on the high court, Ginsburg was a trailblazer for gender equality.For the next six weeks, though, as we navigate a painfully combative presidential election, that legacy is likely to be overshadowed by the fight over her seat. Within moments of the announcement of her death, ugly p...
Editorial: Hurrah for Big Ten football (with sensible precautions)
For fans of Big Ten football, this was shaping up to be a season of agony. The calendar said “kick off” but COVID-19 dashed those plans. Even as other college teams took the field, the Big Ten decided it would be safer to stay on the sidelines. No running, passing, blocking and tackling. Just punting.The apparent sensibleness of this decision was contradicted by the other major university conferences, which felt they could go ahead with precautions in place. That meant Big Ten students, alumni and fans were left out.Woe to the Wildcats. Sorry, Spartans. A bummer for the Badgers and Buckeyes. S...
Editorial: No student should be left behind by remote learning
While many of the state’s students settle into new routines of remote learning, thousands still don’t have the devices or connectivity they need to learn online. That’s unacceptable.Basic education is the constitutional right of every child in Washington. When students don’t have the essential tools for learning — regardless of whether public school instruction happens remotely, in traditional classrooms or some shifting combination of the two — that right is compromised.Even though school districts and state leaders have had months to prepare for this unusual fall semester, somewhere between ...
The Seattle Times
Editorial: Dominoes of peace: Pieces of a new Mideast are falling into place
Buy one, get one free isn’t usually for treaties between nations, but it happened, so we offer high praise for President Trump, Jared Kushner and other key administration officials for engineering a pair of Israel-Arab peace pacts in less than a month, consummated on the White House South Lawn on Tuesday with signings by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain with Israel.The president — a man, we need not remind you, we overall consider a disaster in the job — delivered a breakthrough for cooperation and advancement in the Mideast. And there may be more to come; Trump insists “we’re very far dow...
New York Daily News