Editorials

9/11 is reminder of what unites us as Americans

It’s hard to believe it has been this long already, but 17 years ago today — on Sept. 11, 2001 — our nation suffered a terrorist attack on a scale unprecedented in its history. Thousands of Americans died when hijackers flew commercial airliners into each of the twin towers at the World ...

Disruptive officials make a mockery of the process

Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

Why are so many allowed to get rich off clear conflicts of interest?

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Publishing anonymous op-ed does way more harm than good

As frustrating as it has been for those who routinely called our Open Line in the past to complain about everything and everyone, we felt that eliminating anonymous criticisms was the right thing to do. So, we moved to force those who wish to air their grievances in the newspaper to do so by ...

It takes more than just health systems to prevent suicide

Many of us may not want to talk about it — but the truth is we’ve all likely been impacted by suicide and we all can play a role in tackling one of our nation’s most pressing health issues. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and rates have been on the rise ...

Pruitt’s disregard for tax money is likely not unique among federal officials

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Economy grows thanks to hard working citizens

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Trying to put price tag on ‘fair education’ is impossible task

Pennsylvania is in the top 10 among the 50 states in its spending per public education pupil. That has not kept education spending — and, specifically, how much of it comes from state government — from being a hot-button issue in Pennsylvania for decades. The problem has usually related ...

A cancer on the papacy?

This summer, the sex scandal that has bedeviled the Catholic Church went critical. First came the stunning revelation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington and friend to presidents, had for decades been a predator-priest who preyed on seminarians and abused altar ...

Georgia county between rock and hard place with polling place issues

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...