Editorials

Military judge to sentence Bergdahl for abandonment

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

As 2018 looms, Pennsylvania is in fiscal trouble

When word filtered out of Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in late August that Pennsylvania’s chief executive might be proposing what was described as a “bare bones” budget for 2018-19, the news didn’t provoke much surprise. That’s what happens during an election year when governors and ...

Reconquest of Raqqa was good, but ISIS remains dangerous threat

In bygone days, officials in some European nations had a way of emphasizing that their forms of government would endure. When a sovereign died and a new one was being crowned, the cry was, “The king is dead — long live the king!” Sadly, so it is with Islamic terrorists. There was ...

More bureaucracy won’t solve the obesity problem in America

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year's feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor activity ...

VA rules prove that red tape has interfered with use of common sense

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding ...

Only by destroying terrorist groups can their attacks be stopped

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such bomb ...

28 accusers, 30 years of inaction by Hollywood

When you hear, Lights, camera, action, the use of the word "action" typically means that something is going to start happening. Nearly 30 years later, many are wondering why Hollywood failed to take action against Harvey Weinstein. Entertainers are eager to point out the alleged moral failings ...

Giving terminally ill patients ‘right to try’ is just common sense

Imagine for a moment you are terminally ill and along comes news of a new development that may save or at least drastically improve your life. Sounds great, right? But you would have been out of luck unless you were able to take part in a clinical trial because the treatment hadn’t yet ...

Why did it take so long for someone to speak out about Weinstein?

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Penguins handled difficult situation with class, grace lacking in society

Given the way sports and politics have intersected recently, the traditional visit to the White House by the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday had many scrutinizing every word and action from the players, coaches and ownership both leading up to and during the event for any ...