Editorials

Let’s build each other up, instead of tearing each other down

Our world in 2019 is dominated by cellphones, social media, and a pace of life that seems more complicated and faster than ever. Technological advances allow us to communicate more than ever before. But sometimes it looks like we communicate less than ever before. Our social media ...

Shooting of officer starkly defines an unnecessary crisis

The problem does not get any more starkly defined than this. Newman, Calif., police officer Ronil Singh, a legal immigrant, was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant the day after Christmas during a traffic stop for alleged drunken driving. The suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, had a track ...

When politics is weaponized, our democracy suffers

As our nation moves from last year into this one, there is an understandable amount of trepidation for its future. We seem divided at every turn, whether it be the worthiness of a Supreme Court nominee, how and whether to protect our borders or determining the length and depth of our military ...

Do your part to make 2019 positive

On the subject of New Year’s resolutions, central Pennsylvania is like anywhere else in America. Many people will make resolutions — some of them frivolous, but some very meaningful. Some of those resolutions will fall by the wayside quickly, others will remain intact for several months ...

Be smart when celebrating the arrival of 2019 tonight

To say 2018 has been an eventful year would be an understatement to say the least. We don’t yet know what 2019 has in store for us, but we do know that many of you will ring in the new year tonight with some sort of celebration, be that at one of local community events, at a private party or ...

Senate residency issue shows need to set clear eligibility requirements

With the Friday announcement that Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati feels state Sen.-elect Lindsey Williams should be sworn in with her colleagues on Tuesday, the potential for constitutional crisis in Harrisburg appears to have been diffused. At the heart of the issue is ...

Ending bloodshed: political games prolong involvement in Yemen

The 56-41 vote by the United States Senate to end U.S. military support for Saudi Arabia’s deadly war in Yemen is remarkable for several reasons. First, and quite amazingly, it marked the first time that the Senate has utilized the powers granted to it under the 1973 War Powers Act, which ...

Some perspective on Syria move, Mattis and the shutdown

One minute, President Trump is announcing abrupt plans to pull American troops out of Syria. The next minute, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resigned in disagreement. A couple days later, President Trump moved up the effective resignation date from February to next week, replacing him with ...

Senate residency fight a pitch for democracy

From a distance, it may look petty and political. The Pennsylvania Senate’s Republican majority is questioning the residency qualifications of a newly elected Democrat who flipped a Republican-held, Pittsburgh-area seat by a mere 793 votes. A vote against seating Democrat Lindsey Williams ...

Merry Christmas to you all

As we all take time to gather with those we love, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a tremendous holiday. We hope it is filled with joy and wonder. We hope it is filled with friends and family. We hope it is memorable for years to come, no matter what the reason. But ...