Editorials

Heroism at the ready

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre recently invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Life-saving courage enough was shown by ...

Declining population rates are concerning to everyone

Whether or not to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point ...

Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund is badly in need of replenishing

Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund still hasn’t recovered from having been caught in the “storms” of recession and otherwise worsening state finances over much of the past decade. Ten years ago, the fund had a positive balance of $755 million. However, now, due to recession-related ...

Regional districts, merit selection for state judges long overdue

Over the past 50 years, 53 of 96 seats in statewide judicial races have been won be candidates from Philadelphia and Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh. That makes sense, given the trappings of a statewide judicial election. Most of the information about judicial candidates is ...

The US should not fully surrender to China’s trade tactics

So, you’re sitting at your kitchen table one evening when a brainstorm hits: You’ve come up with a new way to manufacture a much-used product. Your technology is cheaper than anything currently in use. You’ll patent it, open a factory and be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Unless the ...

No one, regardless of age, should be given a pass on terrorism

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported recently. Already, that has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts ...

Thank you, moms

Mother’s Day is Sunday. If this is news to you, then our suggestion would be to quickly figure out a way to honor your mother that day. But if your mother is like so many others out there, you’re lucky — even if she is no longer with us. Mothers are the very best of us. They do so ...