Editorials

Congress needs to investigate VA’s wasteful spending

It turns out that more than $54 million worth of prosthetic arms and legs purchased one at a time by Department of Veterans Affairs employees - charged on purchasing cards at $24,999 apiece - may be just the tip of a very dirty, expensive iceberg.Earlier this month, it was reported employees of ...

State budget needs to address real shortfalls

Gov. Tom Wolf is well aware that the aggressive spending and tax proposals that he unveiled during his 2015-16 budget address in March aren't going to come to pass.But at the same time, the Pennsylvania Legislature knows that the state can't afford to remain locked in unproductive policies that ...

America needs to develop ‘Plan B’ for helping Iraq fight Islamic State

U.S. military personnel hoping to help Iraq build an army capable of taking on Islamic State terrorists will not meet their goal of training 24,000 troops by this fall, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told members of Congress.It is not that American trainers cannot handle the task. The ...

Why are our elected officials waiting to fix our fiscal mess?

Federal budget deficits in the half-trillion-dollar a year range apparently are being viewed as a success by President Barack Obama and other liberals.After leading the nation into four straight years of deficit spending that topped $1 trillion annually, Obama is benefiting from a slightly ...

Russia, China eager to take advantage of relaxed US military presence

The Russian bear has been growling for some time now, as evidenced by Moscow's intervention in Ukraine. Now, he may be sharpening his claws.Forty new intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of getting through any defense system will be deployed by the Russian military this year, that ...

Removing Confederate flag isn’t about pride, it’s about prejudice

No matter how much we as a nation would not care to admit it, the history of the United States of America is one that contains a lot of good and bad.And there has been perhaps no worse chapter in the story of our country than the treatment of blacks as second-class citizens - from the time ...

If feds can’t protect top-secret items, how safe is your personal info?

Claims all the personal information on tens of millions of Americans being collected through Obamacare is secure sound less reassuring in light of a massive cyber security breach a few weeks ago.Hackers, possibly from China, obtained access to personal information about virtually every federal ...

Keystone exam strategy doesn’t pass the test

School districts and the professional educators they employ should decide whether a student is ready for graduation, not a state or federal bureaucrat or a testing service.Tests are indispensable in determining students' mastery of subject matter, but a student's graduation should not hinge on ...

Drones are not just fun and games

Retail chain Sam's Club announced recently it is expanding its inventory of drones well ahead of the Christmas shopping season. Company officials anticipate strong sales, to everyone from children looking for a fun new toy to business owners seeking a new tool. As drones soar into the retail ...

Congress needs to bring EPA back under control

Conservatives in the House of Representatives finally are using their most powerful weapon - spending authority - in an attempt to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's assault on coal and affordable electricity.Recently, a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee approved a ...