Single digits

3 million looky-loos: On the day that healthcare.gov launched, about 3 million people visited the site but only six actually signed up for insurance coverage, according to statistics about Obamacare.

That’s also about how many people watched Alec Baldwin’s talk show on MSNBC.

Skullduggery he can believe in: Not all the news was bad for the president Friday. A federal judge ruled that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records is a really cool and powerful tool in the nation’s fight against terrorism.

Encouraged by the ruling, the NSA may next ask about an even cooler and more powerful tool in the fight against terrorism — the ability to search anyone’s home at any time for any reason.

A case of the vapors: The surging popularity of electronic cigarettes has led some to predict that the market for them will eclipse that of traditional smokes within a decade.

A new industry selling a habit-forming product — sounds like Starbucks in the early 1980s, doesn’t it?

— Mark Carlson, Herald staff

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Saturday, Dec. 16

A sketchy look at the day in politics.… Continue reading

Editorial: Congress must renew children’s insurance program

Some 9 million children depend on CHIP for health care. Not renewing it would be costly and cruel.

Schwab: Why is party a factor in consequences for bad boys?

In this arena, Democrats are the ones who’ve found a conscience. Republicans take advantage.

Everett optometrist grateful for 49 years of memories

Patients and family, it has been my pleasure to serve our community… Continue reading

Providence Hospice made wife’s final days much easier

I would like to pass our gratitude to all staff working at… Continue reading

Voters’ support of Lake Stevens Fire District levy appreciated

I am writing this letter on behalf of the Commissioners of Lake… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Friday, Dec. 15

A sketchy look at the day in politics and popular culture.… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Dec. 14

A sketchy look at the day in politics and society.… Continue reading

Gerson: To save the GOP, the party will have to lose

The only way to save the Republican Party from Trumpism is to rebuild it on its ruins.

Most Read