Editorials

Why are Obama, Reid afraid of more rigorous screening of Syrian refugees?

Already approved by the House of Representatives, a bill requiring rigorous screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who want to come to the United States is being taken up by the Senate. President Barack Obama has said lawmakers should save themselves the effort. He will veto the measure if it ...

Apologies to Jordan for our president’s behavior

Americans may have no better friends in the Muslim world than the people and leaders of Jordan. Even before Islamic terrorists began making headlines on Sept. 11, 2001, Jordan was our ally.Since then, the Jordanians have battled groups such as the Islamic State faithfully and effectively. ...

It’s past time to get serious about our national debt

No nation on earth has a battle tank capable of matching the U.S. M1 Abrams. It is simply unbeatable in combat. And the Army has so many of them it has parked 2,000 M1 tanks at a desert lot in California.Yet Congress - over Army objections - this year appropriated $120 million to upgrade M1 ...

Open Line

Editor's note: Comments published inthe Open Line reflect the views of the caller, and not The Sentinel. Comments are verified whenpossible, but should be taken as opinion, rather than statements of fact.Comments should be brief and to the point. Longer comments will be shortened. Comments in ...

It’s not right to force workers to join unions against their wishes

Labor union leaders may have had their fingers crossed, hoping no one would spot the Achilles heel in the self-preservation argument they have used so successfully for many years.Now it has been called to the attention of U.S. Supreme Court justices.Government employees have been one of the few ...

Obama’s SOTU remarks on energy take dishonesty to whole new level

President Barack Obama may have taken intellectual dishonesty to a new high in talking about energy during his State of the Union speech Tuesday. He capped it off by suggesting the nation needs to do more to eliminate low-cost electricity generated from coal.Look at the claims he made, point by ...

Pennsylvania’s financial picture remains locked in limbo

If Pennsylvania weren't drifting in budgetary limbo, the news that the state's incoming General Fund revenues for the first six months of Fiscal 2015-16 were $168 million above projections might be considered a basis for optimism.It would portend that if revenue continued to exceed initial ...

Is EPA trying to manipulate some of its own studies?

Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. If a study is not critical of the fossil-fuel industry, well, perhaps the government had better try again until it gets an acceptable result.In June, the Environmental Protection ...

Revenue from end of outdated tax must somehow be made up for

When taxes are created they don't always stand the test of time.For example in Pennsylvania, a business tax that pre-dated the Civil War and in modern times pumped hundreds of millions of dollars a year into state coffers has been swept away by the new year.The 171-year-old capital stock and ...

Both parties should be concerned about presidential overreach

A"non-traditional" State of the Union address will be presented by President Barack Obama this month, his aides have told reporters. That would be appropriate for a president who has rejected some of the traditional - not to mention constitutionally required - safeguards of our form of ...