Editorials

The only thing that matters during confirmation vote is Gorsuch’s character

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Democrats’ latest proposal shows they’ve learned nothing from election

Much has been made — mostly by his opponents — of President Donald Trump’s failure to publicly release his tax returns during his bid for the White House last year. And while we believe Trump could have saved himself a lot of grief by making that information public — especially after ...

Those who value football over the welfare of children belong behind bars

Had two former Penn State University officials done the right thing, some children might have been spared the ongoing pain of having been sexually abused. Apparently, the university’s football program was more important to the two. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz, 67, and ...

EPA needs to worry more about current problems than potential ones

Start building a new home on a tract of marshy land, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be on your back promptly with orders to cease and desist and hefty fines intended to show you who’s boss. But threaten an entire city with health problems that may persist for decades and, ...

When it snows, no news is good news

If you look at today’s front page, you’ll see a story in which the main emergency officials from Mifflin and Juniata counties say there were no major incidents related to Winter Storm Stella as it hammered our area over the past couple days. It may seem strange that a newspaper is pleased ...

Shining light on government is what Sunshine Week is about

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Trump needs to increase action in pursuing recent religious threats

Every member of the U.S. Senate, all 100 of them, signed a letter to President Donald Trump last week, asking for more federal action to find those behind threats targeting nearly 100 Jewish synagogues, community centers and schools during recent weeks. One arrest has been made, but that ...

Openness, honesty surrounding replacement for ACA is good

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earned fame for dismissing concerns about Obamacare in 2010 by advising that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” At the time, Pelosi was speaker of the House and passing the Affordable ...

American people deserve truth regarding Trump wiretapping claim

Midway through his presidency, Barack Obama became so frustrated with news leaks in the White House that he authorized the Justice Department to harass — and that is the appropriate word — scores of Associated Press reporters. Government operatives secretly seized records from their home, ...

Burden on state police is too great

Pennsylvania’s approximately $3 billion deficit wouldn’t be reduced by $600 million if zero local-level municipalities relied solely on the state police for protection. But if all municipalities provided their own protection and required state police help only in certain serious ...