Editorials

Easter attack in Sri Lanka shows Islamic terrorism is global problem

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Friday’s storm reminds us of how important first responders are

As a powerful severe thunderstorm barrelled through the Lewistown area Friday evening, the scanner in our newsroom started going berserk. Every few seconds it seemed like another report of electrical wires down, trees down or other property damage came across the emergency airwaves — even ...

Trump nearly landed himself in hot water

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

Much needs to happen to show change is on its way in Cuba

Former President Barack Obama seemed to believe that treating Cuba’s totalitarian regime as if it were not an enemy of liberty would encourage the country’s leaders to live up to our chief executive’s hopes. That did not happen. News of a breakthrough in allowing Cubans at least some ...

Julian Assange is no hero

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons, ...

Make sure you get a vote before it’s too late

Participating in the democratic process is one of the rights our founder cherished most and one the members of our nation’s military are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect. But if you want to be able to exercise your right to vote, there are steps you need to take soon if you ...

It’s time to bring broadband internet access to rural residents

President Donald Trump revealed two pieces of big news Friday — one of them of enormous importance to millions of Americans who do not yet enjoy technology taken for granted by many of their neighbors. Some of those second-class tech citizens live right here in our state. Trump talked about ...

Venezuela’s problems must be solved by Venezuelans

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. Many Americans feel sympathy for them. But there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help the Venezuelans. Thus far — at least, to the ...

Redistricting panel has monstrous task

Unfair, detrimental and unethical were the words attached to the system of redistricting in Pennsylvania at a recent local hearing facilitated by the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission. The commission has been tasked by Gov. Wolf with studying best practices for nonpartisan ...

Government must remain neutral when it comes to elections

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress this week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...