Editorials

State experiencing some record trends on economic front

In case you have not noticed, we live in cynical times. Good news tends to be greeted by naysaying from a largely negative media. The economy is no exception to the tone of the times. Presidential candidates openly tout socialism as a campaign centerpiece and a superior alternative to the ...

Parents need to let the coaches coach

We were pleasantly surprised that the rumored coup attempt against Mifflin County boys basketball coach Scott Gaffey instead turned into a show of support by his players. We expected he would join a long list of coaches, here and elsewhere, under attack by parents who forgot their role in the ...

We are sad to see ‘Back in the Day’ series come to its conclusion

We feel a little sad today as we published the final narrative in the “Back in the Day” series on the front page of our Living section (Page D1). It’s not because of what is written or how it is presented. No, it is because they have been such a wonderful addition to the newspaper for ...

Americans should not buy what Warren, other Dems are selling

Con artists succeed primarily by convincing their victims that riches can be had with little or no investment or risk. So do some politicians. Contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for president next year seem to be engaged in a race to determine which one can offer the most ...

Just because it’s a false alarm doesn’t mean authorities overreacted

A friend of Sol Pais, the 18-year-old Floridian who set off a hunt for her because of concern he might intend to do harm to others, says law enforcement authorities overreacted. “She never threatened anyone. There are no credible threats and only assumptions that she was (a threat) just ...

Easter attack in Sri Lanka shows Islamic terrorism is global problem

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

Friday’s storm reminds us of how important first responders are

As a powerful severe thunderstorm barrelled through the Lewistown area Friday evening, the scanner in our newsroom started going berserk. Every few seconds it seemed like another report of electrical wires down, trees down or other property damage came across the emergency airwaves — even ...

Trump nearly landed himself in hot water

Most of the more than 400-page report special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to the Justice Department falls into the “tell us something we didn’t know” category. From various sources, Americans already had been made aware of nearly all the conclusions Mueller’s team reached in its ...

Much needs to happen to show change is on its way in Cuba

Former President Barack Obama seemed to believe that treating Cuba’s totalitarian regime as if it were not an enemy of liberty would encourage the country’s leaders to live up to our chief executive’s hopes. That did not happen. News of a breakthrough in allowing Cubans at least some ...

Julian Assange is no hero

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons, ...