Editorial roundup

The (Youngstown) Vindicator, Feb. 6

Say what you will about the first two weeks of the presidential administration of Donald J. Trump, but one truism cannot be denied: He has worked with uncanny speed to deliver on a host of campaign pledges made over the long 18-month run-up to last November’s election.

Whether one agrees or disagrees with his executive actions ranging from building a border wall with Mexico to temporarily banning immigrants from majority-Muslim nations to sinking the first formal knife into the Affordable Care Act, neither his most ardent supporters nor his most vocal detractors should be too terribly surprised.

Another oft-repeated campaign pledge the nation’s new commander-in-chief echoed throughout the grueling and divisive campaign trail merits expeditious attention and action. That initiative is Trump’s pledge to rebuild and reinvigorate the fast crumbling infrastructure of America. It is one promise he must honor…

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has signaled to the White House that she and other Democrats are willing to negotiate and compromise on project details and funding mechanisms in order to ensure a strong commitment to repairing our plethora of unsafe roads, bridges and water systems.

The ball is now in the court of the Trump administration and congressional Republicans. We hope they demonstrate the necessary will to transform Trump’s infrastructure pledge into concrete and constructive action.

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The Lima News, Feb. 5

President Donald Trump issued two executive orders on Jan. 27, his seventh day in office.

The one on immigration stole the front page headlines across the nation. The other, on the rebuilding of the U.S. armed forces, was relegated to the back pages or the end of TV broadcasts, if it was mentioned at all.

What a shame.

Trump’s military order is one everyone should be praising. It directs Secretary of Defense James Mattis to conduct a 30-day review of the readiness of the armed forces. The goal is to assess the military’s ability to fight ISIS and other forms of radical Islamic terrorism.

The importance of the directive is amplified by the Heritage Foundation’s 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength. It assessed overall U.S. military capability as “marginal, trending towards weak” because of many years of budget cuts and overuse…

Three weeks ago, the Congressional Research Service warned that “in the not too distant future, foreign armored vehicles design and capabilities could surpass existing U.S. systems.”

…One thing Trump’s made clear: For too long the United States has neglected the state of military readiness in favor of other priorities. Now is the time for that to end.

We believe the need is so critical that failure to succeed is not a viable option.

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