Editorials

Our schools need to be prepared to deal with an armed intruder

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating ...

Realistic disarmament of North Korea is imperative

North Korea’s claim it will suspend testing of nuclear weapons is the show of good faith that absolutely had to precede direct talks between that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump. But Trump is right to adopt what, at first glance, may seem to be a ...

State may be approaching gambling overkill

The future holds the answer of whether gambling-saturation fears have begun detouring Pennsylvania’s journey into gaming expansion. Even more importantly, hanging out there is the question of whether — and how much — that possible new development will impact Keystone State budget ...

NTSB, FAA need to look into why rule was suggested, then delayed

In August, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed making ultrasonic inspections of the fan blades in Boeing 737 aircraft engines mandatory. The agency never issued a final decision, however. The engine’s manufacturer had recommended such inspections be conducted within a year. On ...

Barbara Bush’s lack of pretense, rare in politics, allowed her to do good

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

Clearly Syria, Russia are trying to hide truth about chemical attack

Syrian officials insist they did not use chemical weapons against civilians on April 7. Russian and Iranian leaders back them up. One Russian official accused the United States, England and France of having an ulterior motive for their missile attack on Syria last week. It was an attempt to ...

Abortion due to Down syndrome has no place in civilized society

Abortion is among the most divisive issues in our society today (perhaps the most), which is saying something given how toxic our political discourse has become. But it’s hard for even the most zealous proponent of Roe v. Wade — the Supreme Court decision that upheld the legality of ...

Until government must pay its bills with real money, debt will soar

If you are like many Americans, you will spend part of today filing your income tax returns for 2017 as today is the deadline, unless you requested and were granted an extension. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for ... Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about ...

Pennsylvania Turnpike needs to crack down on unpaid tolls

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is most to blame for the motorists who have been depriving the turnpike of millions of dollars in toll revenue each year. The commission has had a history of not pursuing payment by scofflaws as aggressively as it should have felt obligated to do. It ...

Ryan will leave Washington having not been able to dent national debt

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said this week he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, ...