Editorials

Holding Facebook accountable is key

Even in the Wild West of online marketing, legitimate enterprises ask consumers to opt in or out of sharing their data. But now, reporting by the Guardian and The New York Times reveals how online social media enterprises like Facebook leave open yawning back doors for marketers to obtain ...

We cannot allow freedom to be taken away in the name of freedom

Which of your constitutional rights would you fight to have taken away from yourself? Which would you want to see ended for all? These may seem like outrageous questions, but it also seems that there is a generation that wants to fight to see an end to freedom. This isn’t about guns, or ...

Something must be done to level playing field for public school sports

The state legislature didn’t hesitate to interfere several years ago when a handful of school districts made a few people unhappy by legally excluding home-schooled students from scholastic sports. Today, a plethora of outsiders are eligible to play, a problem that schools, not lawmakers, ...

Legislature would rather pursue vendetta than look out for outdoorsmen

Late last year, faced with a cash-flow shortage it can not rectify, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission announced a difficult choice: It would be forced to close hatcheries, and reduce by nearly a quarter million the number of trout stocked in state streams. Because a few state ...

More must be done to protect world’s endangered species

Within a few years, we humans will have allowed another of the majestic creatures that once roamed the earth in great numbers to go extinct. It is the northern white rhinoceros, one of two subspecies of the white rhinoceros. The last known male of the subspecies, a 45-year-old named Sudan, ...

President’s stance on drugs needs to include focus on treatment options

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines this week. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled Monday in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines ...

Tillerson leaving is not as big a victory for liberals as it may seem

His days as U.S. secretary of state near at end, Rex Tillerson knows full well why President Donald Trump ousted him. The two men simply did not get along. And in some ways, Tillerson was just too diplomatic for the president’s taste. But in a way, Tillerson’s departure is a victory for ...

Both parties should demand the proper care that our veterans deserve

We Americans disagree on many things. Not on our military veterans, however. There is virtual unanimity in the feeling that while we can never fully repay the debt we owe them, we ought to do our best in the attempt. That has not happened for some time. Scandals involving the quality of ...

Zinke’s semantics don’t make his waste of tax money magically OK

Members of Congress concerned about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayers’ money for travel received a dressing down from him Tuesday. At one point during a hearing, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked Zinke about spending $12,375 to charter a private jet for a flight from ...

The best lessons are often learned outside of classrooms

If you believed some of our Open Line callers (not all of whose comments we printed), Wednesday’s National School Walkout — and specifically the participation in it by students at local schools with the blessing of school administration — was going to be either an excuse to skip school or ...