The Marietta Times

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job.

But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport in Seattle. He flew around for 75 minutes, tailed for much of the time by fighter planes, before he crashed the aircraft and died.

It was a "one-in-a-million experience," one official commented.

Really? Had the man been a terrorist, the death toll might have been much higher.

Clearly, airport security measures need to be re-examined. That always needs to be a priority for the FAA and Homeland Security.



The Sandusky Register

We join today with hundreds of other newspapers and call on President Donald J. Trump to stop using the hyperbolic rhetoric he routinely employs to humiliate his perceived enemies. We join other newspapers across the country to condemn Trump’s dangerous and dehumanizing rhetoric, including calling the news media the "enemy of the American people."

We’re just one of many targets, however, for President Trump. He’s been driving home the message of division, escalating his attacks both broadly, and individually, to disturbing new levels in recent weeks. He’s become chief propagandist of misinformation he cobbles together from questionable news sources, and at the same time purports to call out legitimate news organizations that dare to report on his perceived disingenuousness.

The Sandusky Register stands proudly with other newspapers, with other media companies, with our shared tradition of celebrating our communities and our nation and serving them. We are not the "enemy of the American people," Mr. President. We are champions of the people, and their right to know, their right to be informed.