Editorials

Lawmakers should work through recess

It would be refreshing to hear even one Pennsylvania state lawmaker announce that “I will show up for work at my Harrisburg office every day this summer to protest the lack of a 2017-18 state budget that’s responsible, realistic and in the commonwealth’s best interests for the future as ...

Bullying is a problem with no easy answers

In a lot of ways, technology has made our lives better, whether it’s being able to do more things from the comfort of our own home or just being able to keep in touch with long-distance friends and relatives more easily. But, as is the case with many things that are generally good, there is ...

Approaching votes, Trumpcare battles

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of Representatives. ...

Many in the armed forces put themselves at risk thanklessly

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the ...

Civility, not enmity needed among nation’s lawmakers

If you saw any video from the Congressional Baseball Game last week, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize collegiality ...

Libre’s Law: It’s about time

It’s about time, Pennsylvania. This week, the state Senate passed bill 1238 with a unanimous vote. The legislation, also known as “Libre’s Law,” is on its way to the desk of Governor Tom Wolf, who has said publicly he will sign it. The law rewrites Pennsylvania’s animal ...

Camp David has proven to be a valuable place for past presidents

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Why pay more when you can get something better for less?

Basic economics tells us that paying more for something when you can get something better for less is never a good idea. That’s why we don’t understand the reasoning behind a bill recently proposed by state Sen. John Eichelberger, R-Hollidaysburg, to change the requirements for government ...

America believes other nations should keep their promises, too

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For ...

We can resolve differences without violence

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...