Seeking gun sanity after Parkland

WASHINGTON — As pressures mount for Congress to “just do something” about mass shootings, Americans would do well to seek solutions closer to home.

Mueller sends message: Russia’s meddling in the election was anything but fake news

So much for the idea that Russian meddling in last year’s election was a hoax. On Friday, Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three organizations on charges of conspiring to use social media to interfere with “U.S. political and electoral processes,” including the presidential election. The indictment alleged a dizzying number of sometimes sophisticated attempts to deceive American voters, including the posting of messages about controversial issues such as guns, immigration and Black Lives Matter.

Stay outraged. Don’t accept this mass shooting and move on.

The former student charged with stalking and killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., wasn’t a terrorist. At least, not by the usual definition. From what we know now, he wasn’t out to terrorize the population as a way of advancing a cause. He evidently was a disturbed misfit who’d been expelled from the school, who legally bought a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, who set off the fire alarm so students would come out of classrooms.

That Antarctic ozone hole the world thought it was fixing? There may be a glitch

This is a problem the world thought it had fixed. Scientists discovered in the 1980s that chlorofluorocarbons — used for refrigeration and in aerosol sprays — were creating a hole in the stratospheric ozone layer far above Antarctica, which could have devastating consequences for life on Earth. (Ozone absorbs much of the sun’s cancer-causing and DNA-altering ultraviolet rays, keeping them from reaching the planet’s surface.) So the world’s nations came together in Montreal and agreed in 1987 to ban specific chemicals that damage atmospheric ozone. In the years since, the ozone hole has been slowly healing.

Trump saved by scandal overkill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is a force of nature. Actually, he is a full-blown meteorological phenomenon. Last week, what in any other presidency would have been a Category 5 hurricane made landfall at the White House. It felt more like a drizzle.