Editorials

National debt is spending problem much more than revenue problem

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

Trump’s plan may not be best idea, but US defense must include outer space

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and ...

How much would an apology from Warren for comments really be worth?

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. During the weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

Good luck to Mifflin County 15s at Babe Ruth World Series

Later today, Mifflin County’s 15-year-old all-stars begin play in the Babe Ruth Baseball World Series in Longview, Washington. They do so, having not only shown their mettle by winning three games in one day (including one in extra innings) against two different teams to advance from the ...

Federal government bureaucracy strikes yet again

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Help us look back fondly on what has made our region great

The Open Line has long been a source of contention in our newspaper, even when we make changes to try to improve it. When we made the most recent change to allowing only positive comments and those legitimately seeking information, we had many people happy that their opinion page wouldn’t ...

Trump finally nominates a scientific advisor

Government policy ought to be guided by solid science, not political correctness. It seems, after nearly a year and a half in office, Trump finally agrees. On Wednesday, he nominated University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and ...

Babe Ruth regional tournament doesn’t happen without tireless work of many

As Mifflin County’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team prepares for their trip west, we think it’s a good time to recognize those here in the east who, due to their passion and labor, made it possible for there to be a Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament. If you visited Armagh Memorial ...

Release of abusers’ names is a good first step for local Catholic diocese

How many times have we heard — from the Jerry Sandusky case, to the Larry Nassar case, to countless other lesser-known cases of child sex abuse — that the only thing needed for the abuse to go on unchecked and undetected for months, years and decades is silence? The leadership of the ...