Editorials

‘We cannot get someone into treatment if they are dead’

When we read that over 6,000 Naloxone kits were handed out for free in one week in Pennsylvania in a recent giveaway, it seemed like a lot. It seemed like a lot of people were taking advantage of an antidote to opioid overdoses. Naloxone is administered to reverse the effects of opioids in ...

Criminal justice bill exposes immigration impasse as fraud

It is possible for our leaders in Washington to perform the public service we have elected them to perform. They proved it Tuesday with Senate passage of sweeping criminal justice reform that addresses the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without preparations for ...

Political elites fail to understand how most feel about illegal immigration

Recently, a group of migrants near Tijuana, Mexico, attempted to enter the United States near San Diego. Tear gas was fired by Border Patrol agents, and most of the migrants turned back. A few dozen were arrested. Pictures and online videos showed children clinging to adults fleeing the ...

Ohio officials look for way out from under big Medicaid costs

In 2017, West Virginia was faced with growing Medicaid costs — particularly when it came to prescription drugs. So state government cut out the middlemen, pharmacy benefit managers, and turned to a streamlined system that utilizes West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy to recommend ...

Giving spirit of folks from this region make us proud to call it home

There are times when we sit back and feel grateful and proud to be part of this region. The past couple of days can be added to the list. On Thursday, we published a comment in our Open Line in which the caller was asking where a doll house could be located to give to a child who wanted one, ...

Fingers crossed on good signs for state budget

Pennsylvania taxpayers won’t have to look under their Christmas trees on Dec. 25 to find their gift from the state Legislature. It’s already been delivered, not by Santa Claus, but by way of an assurance from Republican leaders that they don’t intend to seek any tax increases as part ...

Give every child a reason to believe in Santa Claus

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Funeral brings sad reminder

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Ambulance compensation law lacks clarity on insurance

Ambulance services across Pennsylvania are in the proverbial dark — and rightly concerned — about how much they ultimately will benefit from a new law dealing with reimbursements for situations in which transportation to a hospital isn’t needed. About all that can be deemed assured at ...

Mass-murder compensation compliments of Uncle Sam

The Department of Justice has announced it’s sending the last installment — nearly $17 million of a total $20 million — to aid survivors of the October 2017 deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The toll was 58 dead and some 600 physically injured after a lone gunman took up a high ...