Editorials

Take the next step forward, not back

This time last week, it seemed that Mifflin County Commissioner Steve Dunkle, Mifflin County Library Director Molly Kinney and Library Board President Brett Rogers were at an impasse in a dispute over library funding and levels of public accountability, and it seemed likely it would be weeks or ...

True test of character is what’s done when others aren’t watching

Members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots group who flew noncombat missions for the military during World War II deserve to be viewed as veterans. A 1977 federal law codified that.In 2002, under then-President George W. Bush, the decision was made to allow any former WASPs, who so desired, ...

There may not be snow, but summer driving has its own hazards

Now that Memorial Day is in the rear-view mirror, many folks are beginning to think about hitting the highway for a summer road trip.And unlike in the winter, when the omnipresent threat of a major snowstorm can hamper any plans for long-range travel, most summertime itineraries can be made ...

Clinton’s emails still ‘smoking’

Often, it is true: Where there's smoke, there's fire. In Hillary Clinton's case, it is a four-alarm blaze. More revelations about her illegal use of a private email server while secretary of state came to light this week. The State?Department's own inspector general released an 83-page report ...

To honor those who sacrificed all

Technology has made war seem like a video game to some Americans. We read of remote-controlled "drones" killing our enemies. We watch videotapes of "smart" bombs blowing up bunkers. The rare footage we see of combat involving rifle fire, rocket-propelled grenades and house-to-house fighting ...

Do what is best for the community

If you've already read today's front page, then you've been able to read more about the current funding dispute between Mifflin County Commissioner Steve Dunkle and the leadership of the Mifflin County Library, represented by Library Director Molly Kinney and Board Chairman Brett Rogers.Both ...

America’s friendship with Canada should be cherished

A formation of nine foreign warplanes making low passes over Washington, D.C., normally would be cause for enormous alarm.But not the other day. Those looking up at the aircraft would have seen maple leaf markings on them.No problem. It's the Canadians. They're good friends.It is difficult to ...

Graduation should be celebrated; just not with alcohol

As many of our area's young people graduate, many celebrations are bound to take place. After all, they've worked so hard for so long, they deserve a chance to party with friends and family.But, and this could be said about a number of things in our society, some will take it too far. And we're ...

Graduates can trust that school has prepared them to succeed

When many of our area students walk across the stage at graduation over the next few days, they'll be at an interesting crossroads of their lives.On the one hand, they will no doubt celebrate a landmark achievement, and deservedly so. How many things in our lives do we work 13 years to earn?On ...

Obama should not apologize during his visit to Hiroshima

When President Barack Obama speaks in Hiroshima, Japan, later this week, he will have to walk a microscopically fine line to lament the tragedy that occurred there in 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb, one of two used to end World War II. In doing that, Obama should say ...