Editorials

Facing the issue of plastic and its place on the planet

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

Virginia Wells

Virginia Wells, 66, of Lewistown, passed away at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at her home. Born April 8, 1952, in Easton, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Kenneth and Florence “Marie” (Guessford) Dickey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her ...

Many options in illegal immigration, separating families is not one of them

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Looking at abuse of charitable foundations

New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his charitable foundation, accusing them of using money illegally to help his businesses and political campaign. Whether the action has any merit remains to be seen. But while we are thinking of abuses ...

IG report rakes FBI officals over the coals

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Kim possibly playing the long game, and the US

What if Kim Jong Un is playing the long game? What if he only needs one nuclear weapon to work his will on the rest of the world? What if he doesn’t need atomic bombs or long-range missiles at all — and understands that? What President Donald Trump and the North Korean dictator agreed to ...

State budget angst magically invisible in election year

It would be hilarious — if it did not involve millions of dollars, most of it your tax dollars. We speak of the state’s 2018-19 budget. Local lawmakers say they expect a smoother process to approving the budget. And — are you sitting down? — it may be approved by the June 30 ...

Americans of all stripes have big hearts

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

Kim’s promises mean nothing without verifying he’s keeping them

It seems that President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un established some level of trust with each other during their meeting Tuesday in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened ...

Parkland coaches certainly worthy of honor from ESPY Awards

Award shows in recent years have done more harm than good when it comes to unifying our nation. Most times, celebrities will use an occasion where they ought to be thanking those who helped them achieve to instead go off on a tangent (sometimes expletive filled) about their thoughts on issues ...