Editorials

Pa. House hopes to put more bite into state’s animal cruelty laws

Another step in the never-ending fight against animal cruelty was won Wednesday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives as that legislative body easily passed a bill aimed at making the punishment for the mistreatment of animals more severe. Under the bill, which now heads to the state ...

Trump, Pruitt can’t relax focus on undoing Obama’s war on coal

It is going to take time — years, in all probability — to undo the enormous amount of damage President Barack Obama did to the economy. Some of it, in states such as ours, is irreparable. At least President Donald Trump and his new Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, are ...

Trump needs to add miner insurance to this week’s agenda

Many members of Congress seem ready to consider a permanent solution to a very real crisis facing thousands of retired miners and their families. Nearly four months ago, Congress approved a stopgap measure to ensure the solvency of a fund that provides health insurance to more than 22,000 ...

Trump has liberals in Congress on the defensive, which is not a bad thing

President Donald Trump’s critics insist he does not understand Washington politics and insists on getting his own way too often for the country’s good. Oh, really? Trump had been requesting that Congress approve funding to start work on a barrier to illegal immigrants crossing our ...

Start class later to encourage greater academic success

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are expected to ...

Responsible adults keep alcohol out of minors’ hands no matter what

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled ...

Intervention is needed to maintain insurance fund for mine retirees

In little more than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families will lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an obligation. Estimates of the number of people ...

Don’t go after law enforcement just because you don’t like the laws

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

America is slow to anger, but her wrath remains mighty

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...

Online ‘trolling’ is just harassment by another name

For anyone who has ever logged in to a social media website, the problem of dealing with “trolls,” or people who are there solely to cause anger or to harass others, is real. Many times, online trolls are frustrating but relatively harmless, only hoping to “get a rise” out of people. ...