Editorials

Climate change is not to blame for everything

Got a problem? Blame climate change. Sometimes, it seems that is the knee-jerk reaction to many of the challenges facing humankind. Now, feeding the world’s 7.5 billion people is being linked to climate change. A new United Nations report maintains, in the words of one of its co-authors, ...

Some crimes can be prevented with the assistance of watchful neighbors

A comment about hate crime that is both disturbing and in a way encouraging was made a few days ago by a woman who apparently was a victim of it. Police in Sterling, Ohio, are investigating an explosion that reduced a home to rubble. Fortunately, no one was injured — because no one was ...

Digital ticketing must accommodate analog customers

Penn State’s announcement that it is all but eliminating paper tickets for sports is the kind of forward-thinking step we’d expect from a school of its stature. But we have to caution the school to remember that not all fans are iPhone-toting millenials who live by their screens. The ...

Congress should determine what aid Mexico needs

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

America should devote more energy to understanding what drives killers

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding, as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has, that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick, is ...

We need to understand what triggers people to kill

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

Drivers must truly understand risks of distracted driving

Sometimes things have to be placed in the right context in order for people to put it in the proper perspective. An excellent example of this was a recent Washington Post report on motor vehicle fatalities in the United States. Most people are well aware that distracted driving is posing a ...

Americans need more ‘can do,’ not more candidates

Watching the political process play out is more discouraging each election cycle. Even the freshest faces in the field eventually descend to the level that handlers and pollsters tell them they must in order to win: criticizing other candidates in the same party (many of whom they’ll have to ...

Bill to allow vets to use GI Bill funds for STEM education is common sense

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common-sense bill to help veterans of military service. Among those pushing for the measure, the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, S 2011. It was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. ...

College education shouldn’t mean decades of debt

The rigors of college are no joke. Neither, in Pennsylvania, are the tuition payments. A study on student debt across the country found that our state’s students have the highest amount of student loans. A 2018 LendEdu.com study found that 67 percent of Pennsylvania’s students come out ...