Editorials

‘Trust, but verify’

Let us hope President Donald Trump agrees with his predecessor Ronald Reagan’s policy in dealing with promises of disarmament: “Trust, but verify.” To that, Trump ought to add, “and quickly.” In pursuit of the worthy goal of lessening the threat to peace posed by North Korea, ...

Mueller should avoid political vendetta in House

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Republicans aren’t only presidents to have declared a national emergency

The recent National Emergency Act invocation by Donald Trump has the political left in a tizzy — despite the fact that it is nothing new, nothing sinister, nothing Democrats haven’t done as often as their Republican counterparts. In fact, history tells us, it was a Democrat who introduced ...

Major media needs to take more care in not jumping to conclusions

What do Jussie Smollett and Nick Sandmann have in common? It’s a more complex answer than you may think, yet simple at the same time. Sandmann, you may recall, was the young man involved in a standoff with Native American activist Nathan Phillips in January. Portrayed as a villain by ...

Despite how many ‘rising stars’ we found, there are still others out there

Included with today’s edition, you’ll find our annual Juniata Valley Magazine, which this year features “Rising Stars” — young people who live in or have ties to the area that are achieving great things. We felt it was a fine way to counter the false narrative that as soon as they ...

While Trump should not divert money, at least he’s open about it

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump, unlike his predecessor, is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is ...

The boy’s name was Bobby

Now we have a name. After two agonizing decades, the “Boy Under the Billboard” case I wrote about last year has finally been solved. But in determining the identity of the strangled 10-year-old boy who was abandoned under a highway billboard, the sheriff’s detectives also unraveled a dark ...

Amendments would shift our government back to the people

Prior to resigning from Congress, 12th Congressional District Rep. Tom Marino, who represents our region, introduced a constitutional amendment to institute four-year terms for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. His resignation does not change the common sense wisdom of this ...

Let’s share Pennsylvania’s woods

In Harrisburg, there is a renewed push by some that Sunday hunting should be permitted. The PA State Grange respectfully disagrees. Even while disagreeing, we certainly understand the rationale. The Pa. Game Commission believes it will make more money from the sale of hunting licenses. ...