Editorials

Schultz, Starbucks boycott would only hurt employees

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound like positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an independent. ...

Learn how to protect yourself from tax scams

It’s February, which means it’s tax season. And while many of us will be dreaming of receiving a potentially big tax refund, there will surely be scam artists looking to swindle you out of yours. The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue on Wednesday released several ways you can protect ...

Let’s work together to give state troopers tools they need

Pennsylvania State Troopers are working harder than ever before as our department continues to be stretched incredibly thin. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania General Assembly have — and continue to provide — our department with new cadet classes each year, but we simply cannot keep up ...

Northam situation shows our nation still has issues with race relations

It is easy to understand why some Virginians may not be paying the same amount of attention as they would in a normal year to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Residents of the Old Dominion have their own political preoccupation this week. Credit Gov. Ralph Northam for ...

Legislature must tackle tough issues

Pennsylvania lawmakers in Harrisburg seem busy, based on developments at the state capital over the past week. However, some state residents — specifically, those who support a “window” for long-ago victims of the Roman Catholic Church child-sexual-abuse scandal to sue the church and ...

War in Afghanistan starting to look like Vietnam

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

Time wasted on semantics is time not spent reaching border barrier deal

Politics used to be described as the art of compromise. Apparently it has degenerated into a game of semantics. It appears one politically important question involved in whether President Donald Trump gets the $5.7 billion he wants for more physical barriers along our border with Mexico is ...

Plan to hike minimum wage sounds good, but would have unintended consequences

On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 per hour, with plans to increase it by 50 cents annually until it reaches $15 per hour by 2025. And while that sounds good for anyone currently making less than that at their current job, the reality is that this ...

Don’t forget about animals during brutal cold spells

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in making sure we as humans are equipped to stay warm during bitter cold spells — ones in which the mercury dips close to or even below zero degrees and the wind chills go even colder — we need to remember that we as humans aren’t the only ones ...

Budget address should bring some answers

Many Pennsylvania residents will be interested in hearing what Gov. Tom Wolf has to say when he delivers his 2019-20 state budget address on Feb. 5. No state taxpayer should embrace a lackadaisical attitude about the details of that fiscal message, even though taxpayers won’t have to fear a ...