Editorials

Bill requiring Megan’s Law registry for sex traffickers overdue

Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate that would require offenders convicted of any sex trafficking-related offenses to register with the Megan’s Law sex offender registry. The bill would amend the existing law to classify the convictions relating to human trafficking in the ...

McSally helps shine light on sexual assault in military

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated in ...

Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities badly need fiscal change

For decades, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has been the most financially realistic path to a college education for students in our region. There needs to be fundamental fiscal change — quickly — for that premise to remain true. Leaders of the state-owned university ...

‘Old-fashioned’ knowledge, like that obtained in 4-H, can come in handy

Good news seems rare enough these days that when “an absolute miracle” occurs, it ought to be noticed. That is how Humboldt County, California, Sheriff William Honsal summed up the conclusion of a frantic search during the weekend. It seems that on Friday afternoon, Leia Carrico, 8, ...

Wolf minimum wage plan is too aggressive

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s renewed proposal for an increase in the state minimum wage, which seemed dead on arrival at the time of his 2019-20 budget address on Feb. 6, might actually still be breathing, as a result of limited “life support” being provided by legislative ...

Would money for Space Force be better used elsewhere?

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — that would accomplish. Trump seems to have watered his proposal down, just a bit. Now, he is willing to have the Space ...

Congress must act to protect children from cyber-stalking

On the shrinking list of things most people can agree upon these days is this: Crimes committed by adults against child victims are particularly heinous and should be punished more severely. That’s why we join in supporting a bipartisan effort by both of Pennsylvania’s senators – ...

Adults need to behave like adults, especially at youth sporting events

We’ve often said in this space how most problems in youth sports have little or nothing to do with the youth. Sometimes, it’s well-intentioned people at the league administration level who just seem to lose track from time to time that the athletes are children and not highly-paid ...

Those involved in voting machines debacle ought to be ashamed

Officials of 18 Pennsylvania counties who accepted gifts, trips or meals from companies competing to sell or lease new voting machines ahead of the 2020 elections apparently didn’t break any state law. Nevertheless, state residents — from the counties in question or from any of the ...