Editorials

Economy grows thanks to hard working citizens

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 ...

Trying to put price tag on ‘fair education’ is impossible task

Pennsylvania is in the top 10 among the 50 states in its spending per public education pupil. That has not kept education spending — and, specifically, how much of it comes from state government — from being a hot-button issue in Pennsylvania for decades. The problem has usually related ...

A cancer on the papacy?

This summer, the sex scandal that has bedeviled the Catholic Church went critical. First came the stunning revelation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington and friend to presidents, had for decades been a predator-priest who preyed on seminarians and abused altar ...

Georgia county between rock and hard place with polling place issues

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

Trump should continue to give North Korea no benefit of the doubt

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit ...

For Ohio State University, is winning what matters most?

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer will lose about $725,000 as a result of the suspensions he has served and will serve. If that seems like a lot, consider that it is less than one-tenth what Meyer is expected to be paid this year. Is the punishment for what Meyer did — or, ...

Dispute between casinos, lottery over boundaries was inevitable

Pennsylvania casinos are not real keen on the state’s new iLottery program. They filed a complaint with the Revenue Department last week, arguing that the internet-based games simulate slot machines and casino-style gambling in violation of state law. The owners of seven casinos in the ...

The left’s long war against free speech of conservatives

In the competition of ideas, you can’t win the game if you’re not on the playing field. That’s why Silicon Valley bigwigs’ stubborn refusal to put business above their own personal partisan biases doesn’t just rankle. It reeks. Equal access to social media is not just about sharing ...

By agreeing to only one debate, Wolf is shortchanging Pennsylvanians

As it stands now, the public debating between Gov. Tom Wolf and his challenger, Scott Wagner, will be limited to an Oct. 1, 45-minute discussion at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry dinner in Phoenix. There is not even any assurance that TV stations wanting to cover the ...

Political arena needs more people like John McCain

As August turns to September, those seeking or hoping to retain political office invariably ratchet up the attacks on their opponents, often by releasing campaign ads or making statements to the media that are carefully crafted so you only hear what they want you to hear, intentionally ...