Editorials

Some entertainers are only faking outrage to fit in with the crowd

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

Washington pols doing what they do best – kicking can down the road

That rattling sound you hear, coming from Washington, D.C., is the noise of politicians busy kicking cans down the road. Seemingly unable to do the right, smart thing on scores of issues, they compromise frequently by merely postponing action. Part of the complex battle over avoiding a ...

Candidates should address sexual payouts

This legislative and gubernatorial election year will be dominated by campaigning dealing with the annual state-budget-preparation fiasco, cutting the size of government, saving money by other means, candidate qualifications and continued debate over issues such as whether Pennsylvania should ...

By both sides compromising a bit, immigration reform is achievable

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

Missile threat false alarm puts Hawaii, its people at greater risk

We feel comfortable saying most people have heard the tale of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” at some point in their lives. For those who haven’t, it’s a story of a boy who finds entertainment in the reactions of others to his false cry of an imminent wolf attack, who later discovers that no ...

Martin Luther King Jr. was a great American – no adjectives needed

Today, on a federal holiday observed in honor of one of the greatest and most influential Americans who ever lived, many people say that the only reason Martin Luther King Jr. Day exists is because King was black. By that ridiculous logic, the only reason we have Columbus Day must be because ...

Elections destined to be an important part of this year

An important part of 2018 will be elections. That’s inevitable, given the offices that are at stake. Every Congressional seat is up for grabs. State Assembly seats are up for grabs. The governor’s seat is being decided this year. That means this is a year of referendums for voters in ...

Trump must make clear that America supports freedom in Iran

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

Hopefully Oprah’s message does not get lost in political speculation

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she ...

Iran’s leaders are to blame for Iranian protests

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister ...