Editorials

Editorials

Repeal and replace redux

Just when you thought the Republican plot to destroy the Affordable Care Act had been thwarted, Senate Republicans are angling to swing the ax again. Their new proposal is, if anything, even more draconian than their previous attempts to strip millions of Americans of health insurance coverage. Yet because the public isn’t paying close attention to the issue the way it was just a couple of months ago, this time the ACA’s opponents could actually succeed in killing the most significant expansion of health insurance coverage in a half-century.

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How Congress ducks responsibility for wars

Back in April, President Donald Trump ordered a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian military airfield, punishing the regime for a chemical weapons attack. Bashar Assad has no friends on Capitol Hill, but some lawmakers, from both parties, objected to Trump’s decision to carry out an act of war without congressional consent.

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U.S. needs tax reform, not tax cuts for the wealthy

President Donald Trump is in a big rush for Congress to approve big tax cuts, and he is using the damage left by Hurricane Irma to argue his case. One has nothing to do with the other, except for their negative impact on middle-class Floridians. The nation needs tax reform, but not tax cuts for the wealthy that would sacrifice popular tax deductions and raise the federal deficit.

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We got lucky with Irma; we shouldn’t become complacent

A great need for patience and understanding is one of the several points taken in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which largely spared the Grand Strand but did damage in other parts of South Carolina and, of course, devastated Florida. When a bullet dodges us, it’s human nature to go on with our lives. At the same time, our better angels keep us aware of others who are struggling to cope with a great disaster.

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No ‘wedding cake' exception

With support from the Trump Justice Department, a Colorado baker who describes himself as a “cake artist” is arguing to the U.S. Supreme Court that he should be allowed to refuse to supply a wedding cake to a gay couple, despite a state law prohibiting discrimination by businesses on the basis of sexual orientation. He argues that his religious objection to gay marriage entitles him to protection under the First Amendment.

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The folly of paying Americans to live in harm’s way

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s hit on Texas, and with Hurricane Irma hit on Florida, let’s all acknowledge one reason for the vulnerability of Americans who live in low-lying coastal regions of the Sunbelt: The federal government has been paying people to locate there.

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NMB shelter can help even more people in need

The lack of a ramp for veterans using wheelchairs and walkers had been a concern of Dana Black, founder and director of the North Strand Housing Shelter. Now, thanks to volunteers from Living Water Baptist Church and a grant from American Legion Auxiliary Post 186, residents of the veterans center at the shelter no longer negotiate three steps.

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President Trump, offshore drilling is not welcome here

Offshore oil drilling and exploration is overwhelmingly opposed along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, including off South Carolina, and the opposition has become increasingly bipartisan. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster joined fellow Republican governors of Maryland and New Jersey and Democratic governors of North Carolina and Delaware in opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to expand drilling and testing.

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Time for Congress to rescue Dreamers

President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months is both a cruel act that will hurt some 800,000 innocent people and a fresh display of the president’s inability to grasp how Washington works. DACA could have been a bargaining chip to win other immigration concessions, starting with the president’s much-touted border wall, or fence.

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The blame lies with Trump

The nation has seen versions of the Donald Trump who took the stage for a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night. As a campaigner, he often derided opponents, boasted of his own prowess, and used insulting and divisive language toward various groups of people.

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Threat to Affordable Care Act remains alive and expensive

The Congressional Budget Office, whose estimates of the disastrous impact of various Republican health care bills did so much to sink them, reported this month on the potential impact of President Donald Trump’s Plan B for getting rid of the Affordable Care Act. The prognosis isn’t good, mainly because the goal has become simply to sabotage Obamacare without coming up with something better to replace it.

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Why does the ACLU help neo-Nazis?

When white supremacists wanted to hold a “Unite the Right” rally at the site of a Robert E. Lee monument in Charlottesville, the Virginia city insisted they gather in a different park. So the neo-Nazis got help from an organization widely vilified on the far right: the American Civil Liberties Union. It sued the city, and a federal judge ruled in its favor. The hateful assembly occurred where it was originally planned.

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