Editorials

When it comes to national debt, where is the breaking point?

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

More is needed to police legal ports of entry along US southern border, too

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right about one aspect of security along the U.S. border with Mexico. Just ask “El Chapo.” During the seemingly interminable battle over funding for border security, Pelosi, D-Calif., vowed not one dollar would be spent to construct new barriers meant to ...

Making Route 322 ‘Missing Link’ a reality has been a long time coming

With the joint announcement Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf, state Sen. Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte), state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Bellefonte) and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that the primary roadway between Mifflin County and the State College area will eventually be an ...

People who break the law are not ‘law abiding’

During the recent discussion in the House of Representatives that touched on government shutdowns (more accurately, avoiding another one), funding for a wall (or in the eyes of the Democrats, not funding it) and, in a new twist, limits on detention capability by U.S. Immigration and Customs ...

Time to retire the perp walk

Let’s talk about a police practice known as the perp walk. It’s the walk of shame of a suspected perpetrator of a crime, usually in a case that’s top of the headlines or soon will be. As police move the handcuffed prisoner from place to place, both the public and the media are allowed ...

Harris not telling whole truth about ‘Medicare-for-all’ health plan

Perhaps Democratic candidate for president Sen. Kamala Harris wasn’t thinking when she cut loose with a sound bite she hoped would gain traction among voters. More likely, she was hoping listeners would not stop and think about what she said. Harris, a Californian, is making ...

Budget weighs current debt vs. future benefits

The good news in the immediate aftermath of Gov. Tom Wolf having delivered his 2019-20 Pennsylvania state budget proposal on Tuesday was that lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle spoke confidently about prospects for completing a spending package by the June 30 deadline. ...

Wolf’s budget plan: Correct emphasis, details will be vital

To use a well-worn phrase, the devil will be in the details regarding Gov. Tom Wolf's budget address emphasis on a statewide initiative to build a stronger work force for the future. But his emphasis is correct. It is the business of state government, business organizations and all ...

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 ...