Editorials

Hopefully Oprah’s message does not get lost in political speculation

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she ...

Iran’s leaders are to blame for Iranian protests

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister ...

Talking with North Korea is better than going to nuclear war

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear missiles, and is testing rockets meant for that purpose. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate, should such an assault occur. So, who’s the bad guy? Who’s the dangerous, unhinged threat to ...

Trump should stand firmly with the people of Iran

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

More schools need to follow common sense with winter sports schedules

Friday’s basketball games between Mifflin County and Central Dauphin went beyond athletics. The playing of those games showed uncharacteristic common sense and flexibility for athletic scheduling, which can only benefit the teams involved. It’s a shame that more schools can’t think ...

Play it safe when dealing with extremely cold temperatures

To say the first few days of 2018 (and the last few days of 2017 for that matter) have been cold would be an understatement. And while at least we have avoided the blizzard-like conditions that have hit the eastern edge of the state and many parts of the East Coast, many of us have on at ...

Most who give to charity do so for noble reasons, not to save on taxes

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

System that could have prevented recent derailment needs to be installed ASAP

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington this past month that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety Board ...

Ring in the new year responsibly ­­– don’t drink and drive

As New Year’s Eve approaches tomorrow, we know that many of you out there will take time to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. We also know that means alcohol will be the part of the plans of a significant number of people out there. That’s all well and good, ...

Hold accountable those who covered up harassment

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...