Editorial: Monday Briefing for June 19, 2017

Gun Logic?

 

Consider this from a Sunday Washington Post editorial about gun control: “There are no simple or easy solutions to the complex issue of violence in the United States. There is no one piece of legislation that would prevent every madman who is intent on hurting others from getting a gun … along with a healthy majority of the country, we wish the country’s lawmakers would enact common-sense gun control reform.”

There are some key words and phrases in this editorial that should not be overlooked.

For starters, “madman,” which is an accurate term when it comes to many examples of gun violence.

And why should the Second Amendment be left in tatters if there is not “one piece of legislation” that would stop this form of madness?

No Ordinary Joe

Congrats to Canyon girls basketball coach Joe Lombard, who will soon have another honor bestowed upon him when he is inducted into the Wayland Baptist University Athletics Hall of Honor on Sept. 23.

WBU recently announced its 11-person group, which includes Lombard, who played basketball at WBU from 1972 to 1975 and was a team captain.

Siince his days as a Pioneer basketball player, Lombard has gone on to become arguably the most successful girls high school basketball coach in the nation, winning a total of 19 state titles at Canyon and Nazareth and piling up an overall record of 1,290-117.

Lombard is deservedly a member of six halls of fame, and he will soon add another.

Business Sense

How many businesses could survive close to $3 billion in losses in one year?

In a recent column, Bloomberg View columnist Leonid Bershidsky pointed out that Uber — one of the more well-known and new businesses that seems to have reinvented transportation services — lost $2.8 billion last year.

And, according to Bershidsky, this financial hit is “not counting the money spent trying (unsuccessfully) to conquer the Chinese market. That’s more than any other start-up has burned through in a year.”

This number is surprising, since many in the public (us included) would have have assumed Uber would be raking in profits.

Perception is indeed sometimes different than reality.

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