Editorials

If Iran must be confronted, it must be based on concrete evidence

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of Thursday, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. On was on that day that ...

Gift ban legislation long overdue for state lawmakers

Most states limit the amount of gifts lawmakers can take from lobbyists and others. Pennsylvania does not have such a limit. But it should. Pennsylvania’s lawmakers’ newly filed ethics forms show they accepted more than $83,000 in free trips in 2018 and collected a variety of gifts, ...

Lower-income people need more help getting ‘clean’

People with low incomes sometimes succumb to substance abuse simply because they feel hopeless, it has been said and written. It turns out that if they do become addicts, it may be tougher for them to get the help they need. Lower-income people often cannot afford the same level of health ...

Oversight of Pa. Game Commission falling short

Area hunters’ disgust in response to news about the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s financial condition was predictable. Keystone State sportsmen rightly expect that agencies that exist to look out for — and protect — their best interests should be transparent. However, the financial ...

Hospitals are meant to save lives, not take them

Someone finally noticed something was wrong at the Mount Carmel Health System hospital near Columbus, Ohio — but only after 25 people had died, allegedly because a doctor ordered they be given excessively large doses of a painkiller drug. Dr. William Husel has been charged with murder in ...

Mental illness is the root cause of most mass killings

Last Friday’s mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians — while futile in achieving the desired result. On Friday, hours after ...

Setting minimum marriage age at 18 is a move that is long overdue

We think most reasonable people would agree that allowing an easy way for sexual predators to prey on children and human traffickers to flourish is completely intolerable. And yet, for the entirety of its existence, Pennsylvania has given those types of people just that because it has not set ...

State takeover of health insurance exchange may lead to much-needed savings

With as quickly as the cost of health care seems to rise these days, any move that results in lower insurance premiums for consumers should be met with overwhelming support. It’s why we are behind a bipartisan initiative in the state legislature for Pennsylvania to take over the online ...

Searching for a political win is doing more harm than good

Understand this about the $4.5 billion Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration: It could have prevented an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the request in a ...

Choosing personal ambition over the good of the nation is not a wise choice

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...