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Editorials

We must make it clear that bigotry in all its forms will not be tolerated

We know no one in our area who reacted to the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly a year ago with anything other than sorrow and anger. We doubt that you know anyone with a different opinion, either. But a microscopically tiny number of people viewed the assault, in which 11 worshippers ...

Sexual assault, harassment must not be swept under rug and forgotten

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. ...

Impeachment isn’t meant to be used solely for political purposes

Democrats in the House of Representatives remind us of the old West judge who promised defendants he would give them a fair trial —then hang them. The “impeachment inquiry” engineered by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no more than her attempt to pursue a vendetta. Our nation’s ...

Trump may have had no other choice but to pull troops out of Syria

Members of Congress who want to “overturn” President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are engaging in an absurd performance of political theater. Many lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, have been critical of Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish separatists in ...

When ‘solutions’ aren’t working, it’s time to rethink the approach

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the ...

Rule assures transparency by the courts

An important matter of public interest has been settled, and that has to do with whether the names of candidates for appointment to unexpired terms of public office should be made public. When the issue surfaced about five years ago, our sister publication, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, ...

Common sense is lacking with Nobel Prize winners

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the ...

There is no perfect solution to situation between Kurds, Turkey

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull a few dozen U.S. troops out of an area of northern Syria controlled by Kurdish military forces is being criticized widely, by both Republicans and Democrats. It is being portrayed as a betrayal of a staunch ally in the war against Islamic ...

Act of compassion should not be treated as judicial misconduct

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

NBA afraid to stand against China because money talks

Proving yet again that social media often does more harm than good, the National Basketball Association finds itself in a standoff with the Chinese government over a tweet sent by a member of the Houston Rockets front office that was supportive of the anti-government protestors in Hong ...