Editorial: By not disclosing COVID-19 diagnosis, Pennsylvania Republicans betrayed our trust and risked lives
Most 10-year-old children understand the dangers of the coronavirus and the importance of exercising safe behavior. Walmart and Acme shoppers understand why they have to stand in line to get into the stores — and wear masks while they shop. For all the things we still don’t know about COVID-19, including how to stop it, most of us now know the basic steps we should take not to put others in danger — and most of us do them.Those who don’t include gun-toting protestors who claim the wearing of masks undermine their liberty, and the crazy people who deliberately cough or spit on people to terrori...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: California's rush to reopen is a dangerous experiment. Don't be a COVID-19 guinea pig
Please don’t be fooled by the sudden wave of reopening restaurants, stores and salons around California. COVID-19 still stalks the state. It will infect and kill many more people before this pandemic ends.California Gov. Gavin Newsom is now allowing haircuts, church attendance and dine-in eating in many places. But this does not mean such activities are safe. The governor has repeatedly warned that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over — while simultaneously relaxing statewide public health orders.The mixed message may be confusing some people. Last week, as the American death toll crept p...
The Sacramento Bee
Ben Frederickson: Pandemic can't and won't stop MLB players and owners from taking the low road
We’ve got billionaires and millionaires pointing fingers while the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic ticks past 100,000 lives lost.Conversations that are supposed to be confidential are becoming public knowledge before they can finish reaching everyone who is supposed to be in the loop.There’s no shortage of grandstanding, a growing number of shots fired on social media, and now even a claim of manipulation that could threaten to divide one of the parties.Before you tell this sportswriter to stay out of politics, I am.Baseball’s face-palm-inducing squabble over salvaging the 2020 s...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Nets statement on George Floyd killing: 'Enough is Enough'
The Brooklyn Nets, Long Island Nets, New York Liberty and Barclays Center issued a joint statement Sunday morning in the aftermath of the protests and riots taking place across the country in response to the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in Minnesota after a white police officer was recorded on video kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes.“We mourn the senseless and devastating loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who lost their lives because of racial bias,” reads the statement, signed by Nets owner Joe Tsai and his wife...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Stop it: Spreading destruction and chaos in our cities undermine legitimate voices of social reform
Stop the street madness, New York and other cities. Stop it right now. You are turning people against you, risking a resurgence of coronavirus, and empowering a president who couldn’t have dreamed up a better scenario to activate his base.In Minneapolis, George Floyd’s killer is under arrest. He and the three other cops who stood by while he put his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight interminable minutes are gone from the force. They cannot be fired again; charges likely await the other three.Here in New York, the state passed historic criminal justice reforms last year. Complaints about biased so...
New York Daily News
Editorial: The needless fight between Trump and Twitter
You could argue that Twitter has been Donald Trump’s best friend. He has 80 million followers. He uses the social media platform daily to reach voters without relying on the news media — and to get attention from the news media.His communications include not only facts and opinions but also his usual array of false claims, juvenile insults and grandiose boasts. He loves Twitter as an instrument for his own purposes. But that sentiment turned sour when Twitter decided to flag some of his statements as inaccurate and irresponsible.After he tweeted that mail-in voting was rife with fraud, Twitter...
Jay Ambrose: Time for Trump to consider honor
All right, that’s enough. President Donald Trump has said MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, persistently critical of him, may have been involved in murdering a woman almost 19 years ago. There is no evidence of any such thing, and it was little short of horrendous to say so.Scarborough himself is hardly Mr. Rodgers singing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” and MSNBC makes Fox News look bipartisan. It doesn’t matter. To have the president of the United States spew this kind of noise degrades the White House, the federal government and America. Kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner”? It is nothing compa...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Michigan dam break, green ooze and why regulation isn't all bad
The failure of the Edenville dam offered a series of startling revelations, for many Michiganders: That roughly 70% of Michigan’s 1,000 regulated dams are privately owned; that they’re inspected by a staff of two on a shoestring budget; that it is possible for multiple regulatory agencies to be aware that a dam is in serious danger for more than a decade; and that a willful dam owner can, it seems, whistle on past orders to fix it.The Edenville dam’s condition was well-known. So oversight wasn’t the problem. But the regulatory tools available to both federal and state regulatory agencies seem ...
Detroit Free Press
Under cover of coronavirus, corruption runs amok in DC
Corruption, pandemic style.Such ugly words. So appropriate.After two Boeing 737 MAX airplanes crashed, killing all on board, the Federal Aviation Administration, overseen by the Department of Transportation, which is headed by Elaine Chao, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a tremendous apologist for Donald Trump., started an investigation.Although it was clear from whistleblowers that the FAA at part was at fault for leading Boeing certify its own planes, the FAA, worried about the public’s lack of interest in flying because of the virus, just published a report vindicatin...
Tribune News Service
Martin Schram: A bold twist for boring old infrastructure reform
On Wednesday, as COVID-19 was claiming its 100,000th U.S. victim in just four months, President Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office with a frequent political adversary, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has been more than just matching him for TV face time in these pandemic-plagued days.The two battlers from New York City’s Queens borough seem to have spent their meeting in unaccustomed agreement. Namely: Discussing the win-win benefit of jump-starting America’s shut-and-shattered economy by injecting a dose of big-time spending to modernize New York’s rusting, cracking, crumbling infrastructure...
Tribune News Service