Editorials

White supremacists’ despicable views run counter to those of most Americans

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds ...

Do your best to experience the eclipse — without your phone

A truly rare event is happening Monday afternoon, one that has not taken place in nearly a century. The moon’s orbit will place it directly between the sun and the Earth, causing a total solar eclipse. That alone doesn’t make it such a rarity. The fact that it will be visible from coast to ...

White supremacists have no place in civilized society

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the horrific events that unfolded this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Several people were killed or seriously injured as violent clashes occurred when white supremacy groups like the Ku Klux Klan and other so-called “white nationalists” ...

Private contractors under fire for buying Aston Martin, more on DoD dime

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last ...

Brinksmanship with North Korea will lead nowhere positive

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

When – not if – sanctions do not deter North Korea, what is next step?

Leaders of most countries would buckle under the weight of economic sanctions such as those the United Nations is preparing to implement against North Korea. If fully effective, the punitive steps could slash that nation’s exports by as much as one-third. President Donald Trump and other ...

Mission of state parks should be reviewed at least once per decade

It shouldn’t have taken Pennsylvania 25 years to launch a new public review of the basic mission of the state parks system. The system, which now consists of 121 parks, should be subjected to a thorough evaluation at least once every 10 years. Too much can change — or deteriorate — over ...

Find another way to deter ‘sanctuaries’

Cities that refuse to help the federal government enforce the laws, including those on illegal immigration, should be penalized. But making it more difficult for them to crack down on violent criminals is not the way to do that. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week threatened to withhold ...

New VA hospital raises questions about bigger than necessary budgets

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week, with a unanimous vote. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency ...

It’s time to reassess contingency plans

For decades, U.S. military strategy could be focused on the single nation capable of launching an attack on our mainland, the old Soviet Union. A secondary, though still important, consideration was China. There were no other major threats to Americans here in the United States. That has ...