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Editorials

US, Mexico need to work together to solve immigration problem

Mexico’s still relatively new leader, who took office only in December, had seemed even before this month to be attempting to do more to keep illegal immigrants from crossing the border into the United States. But U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on some imports from ...

Juneteenth is a day worth celebrating

New holidays and special observances are a dime a dozen. Sometimes, it seems we have too many. But one gaining popularity is well worth noting — and celebrating by each and every American. It is Juneteenth, to be observed today. It is a celebration of the end of slavery in the United ...

Counties should get say in whether VGTs are permitted within them

When we’ve brought up gambling and the risks associated with it to the surrounding communities before, we’re sure some of you wondered what the big deal was — after all, the nearest casino is in the Harrisburg-Hershey region, far enough away from the Juniata Valley, right? But, as we ...

Bloomberg’s take on America’s energy policies are misguided

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week his philanthropic foundation will spend $500 million to close as many coal-fired power plants as possible. He also wants Americans to stop building new gas-fired power plants. Period. Bloomberg claims the move is needed to ...

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 ...