Editorials

Think of others during the holiday season this year

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Want to be inspired? Watch Army-Navy game this weekend

If you’re looking to be inspired this weekend, turn your attention to Philadelphia. No, this has nothing to do with another movie involving fictional boxing hero Rocky Balboa. Instead, it’s a college football game. Perhaps the college football game. On Saturday, for the 119th time, the ...

Do what you can to help make holidays brighter for others

It’s at this time of year that we usually hear about well-to-do folks wishing to spread holiday cheer by paying off all the layaway bills at retail establishments (oftentimes anonymously as one person in suburban Philadelphia just did) or other similar grand expenditures aimed at helping ...

Former Pa. AG Kathleen Kane has only herself to blame

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane might be secretly wishing now that she had accepted her punishment when it was meted out two years ago, rather than pursue appeals that have turned out to be fruitless — and no doubt costly. She’d be out of jail by now. Kane, once a ...

President Bush was a good man and that ought to be enough

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

New cases of black lung deserve help under federal funds

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in our region of the country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to ...

Amending primary election code in Pennsylvania is long overdue

Pennsylvania is one of nine states conducting closed primary elections. While that format can strengthen party affiliation, it also lets the two major parties dominate the political spectrum and debate. Independent or Unaffiliated voters do not have representation during the primary. For ...

Saudi decision not as simple as human life vs. economy

President Trump declared last week that he would not further punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi. He made it clear he values the benefits of good relations with the kingdom in that consideration, even as there is a possibility that Saudi Arabia’s ...

When prosecutors, police behave badly, they should face justice, too

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

Hunters are now on mark

“ Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest. Noting that the commission receives no money from the state’s general fund, the two officials — Bryan J. Burhans, executive director, and Timothy S. Layton, Board of Game Commissioners president — thank hunters and trappers “for ...