My Turn: Responsible reopening starts here

The novel coronavirus has devastated communities around the world, stressing health care systems, wreaking havoc on families, and creating job losses across a myriad of industries. Travel is no exception. Critical to the long-term health of our state is striking a data-driven balance between restrictions to safeguard public health and responsible procedures for reopening.

Editorial: The Trump administration is right to say Hong Kong is no longer an autonomous region of China

The last time we flew out of Shanghai, China, it was 2015 and we stumbled across a sign hanging from the airport ceiling that seemed like an historical relic even then. It gave instructions — in English — for all travelers on domestic Chinese flights to head one direction and for all international travelers (which included those headed for Hong Kong and Taiwan) to head in the other direction. At the time, we smiled at the admission. The people of both places would appreciate that sign, but Beijing likes to think that both should be brought under its control.

Commentary: George W. Bush: We rise or fall together — and we are determined to rise

This is a solemn and challenging time in the life of our nation and world. A remorseless, invisible enemy threatens the elderly and vulnerable among us — and some of the healthiest, too. It challenges our sense of safety, security and community. Our children are separated from their teachers and their friends in a way that is hard for them to understand. Many have lost loved ones, jobs and businesses while confronting fear and loneliness.

Editorial: Don’t send National Guard home yet. We need them ready in case of a viral surge

When dealing with a crisis — be it a pandemic or any other significant threat — we believe it’s best to meet it with overwhelming force. So it’s with some alarm that we took the news last week that the Trump administration has moved to end the National Guard’s service helping states mitigate the damage caused by the coronavirus. Come June 24, the more than 40,000 guardsmen deployed nationwide would face a “hard stop” and be told to head home.

Commentary: Trump’s firing of watchdogs must be checked

When Donald Trump’s supporters in 2016 imagined him bringing his television catchphrase — “You’re fired!” — to Washington, they probably didn’t think he meant ethics officers and government watchdogs charged with rooting out illegal activity. The president’s removal of such officials has become so brazen that even a few of his allies in Congress are expressing concern.

Editorial: More Americans are at high risk of COVID-19 complications than you think

In the early days of the stay-at-home orders, one of the arguments used to press for a quick and nearly full reopening of the country was that COVID-19 wasn’t that dangerous. Why be so upset about the novel coronavirus, some critics asked, when flu kills more people? That talking point was squashed when, within three months of the pandemic’s start, the coronavirus killed more Americans than the last flu season did in six-plus months. COVID-19 has now killed almost 50% more Americans (about 93,000) than the highest estimate of the season’s flu toll (about 62,000).

As I See It: You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” These words described the postal system that unified the extensive empire of ancient Persia. Over 2,500 years ago. Every efficient government in history has tried to emulate it. Some better than others. “Safe as the Royal Mail” was an advertising slogan. The world’s largest diamond was sent from South Africa in a plain brown box by Royal Mail. For 245 years, the U.S. mail has enjoyed a similar reputation. Communication ties a civilization together. In many countries, the post office is about the only government function that is trusted.