Editorials

Trump is right to warn nations that encourage illegal entry into US

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

Church action won’t alleviate ongoing concern

The Roman Catholic Church, so much at the center of bad news over the past couple of years due to the child sex-abuse scandal involving hundreds of priests over much of the past half-century, experienced a happy, proud and prayerful day last Sunday as Pope Francis elevated to sainthood a former ...

Obstructionism for obstructionism’s sake needs to come to an end now

Actions by some Democrats in the U.S. Senate has resembled nothing as much as a temper tantrum during recent weeks. One might have thought that after the vote to confirm the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they would have decided more mature behavior was appropriate. But ...

Khashoggi is just latest in long line of journalists targeted for speaking out

Thoughtful Americans ought to be concerned about the disappearance and possible murder of a journalist who wrote columns about Saudi Arabia for the Washington Post. But what about the other 44 journalists who have met violent deaths this year? What about the 48 who perished in 2017? Jamal ...

Speed cameras in work zones will make it a lot safer for everyone

Everyone and everything is at risk when there is speeding in work zones, not just the workers doing the work and their equipment, but also the irresponsible motorists themselves, other motorists, passengers, the improvements underway and the work already completed. For too long, Pennsylvania ...

Stricter penalties for hazing hopefully will put an end to dangerous practice

The days of hazing on Pennsylvania’s college campuses are, hopefully, about to end. The state legislature passed a bill that would allow for stricter penalties for those involved in the practice of hazing, or requiring dangerous, often-illegal activity in order to gain acceptance into a ...

Pennsylvania needs to do its part to help Floridians affected by hurricane

Florida’s panhandle has been hit by what Gov. Rick Scott describes as “an absolute monster” of a hurricane. The full extent of the devastation and loss of life remains to be determined. Our state needs to provide whatever help is within our power. Because Florida is a haven for ...

Space rocket malfunction reminds us that safety comes first

Space exploration is dangerous. No amount of technological advances and expensive safeguards changes the fact that the brave women and men who travel beyond the atmosphere have agreed to be strapped to the tops of massive amounts of explosives. We were reminded of the hazards this week, when ...

Finding another Nikki Haley to represent us at UN will not be easy

Some in the White House are not especially fond of Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who became this country’s ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump. Still, there is evidence Trump himself understood her great value to Americans. Haley revealed this ...

State’s gambling revenues need a designated home

In the 2 1/2 months since the Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting, the state of New Jersey took in $1.1 million from its 8.5 percent tax on gambling. That came from $153 million spent on bets and $16.5 million lost by gamblers. Pennsylvania is set to become ...