Editorials

State public pension fees deserve deeper look by officials

Any Pennsylvanian not living under a rock the past several years knows that the state's public pension system is under water. Under water in this case means billions of dollars less than what is needed to fund the system today and in the coming decades. One of the reasons the state is ...

Join in the fun by celebrating our own unique holiday – Goose Day

Guess what day it is? Saturday, Sept. 29. St. Michaelmas Day. And any self-respecting Mifflin or Juniata countian knows it’s Goose Day. The local holiday — declared as such by the boards of commissioners in both Mifflin and Juniata counties many years ago — has been much-hyped by the ...

Opioid crisis fight gets some federal punch with bill

Our region is being overrun by a multi-faceted opioid abuse problem. The good news is that awareness of the problem has been elevated in recent years and the war against it is being fought by a coalition that includes the political, medical, and human services sectors. The better news is ...

Occupancy in flood zone shows insurance need

It’s going to take months for states victimized by Hurricane — subsequently Tropical Storm — Florence to assess fully the damage caused by the tragic, prolonged weather event. It’s going to take longer than that for many individual families to pick up the proverbial pieces from the ...

Accomodations necessary to get Ford’s testimony

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

Natural gas industry consumer, business numbers impressive

The natural gas industry is an easy whipping boy for a wide variety of opponents who have varying beliefs that put them in conflict with the industry. And to the extent that the opposition holds the natural gas industry's feet to the fire regarding environmental issues related to the ...

America’s economy is growing because of hard-working Americans

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Libraries aren’t supposed to pick which books are fit for us to read

No doubt there are many books in public libraries that are considered trashy, immoral and, in the case of non-fiction works, inaccurate by many people. But if they are of interest to a substantial number of people, they ought to be on the shelves. There are some exceptions, of course. ...

More effective way of combatting drug abuse must be found

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...