Editorials

Do what is best for the community

If you've already read today's front page, then you've been able to read more about the current funding dispute between Mifflin County Commissioner Steve Dunkle and the leadership of the Mifflin County Library, represented by Library Director Molly Kinney and Board Chairman Brett Rogers.Both ...

America’s friendship with Canada should be cherished

A formation of nine foreign warplanes making low passes over Washington, D.C., normally would be cause for enormous alarm.But not the other day. Those looking up at the aircraft would have seen maple leaf markings on them.No problem. It's the Canadians. They're good friends.It is difficult to ...

Graduation should be celebrated; just not with alcohol

As many of our area's young people graduate, many celebrations are bound to take place. After all, they've worked so hard for so long, they deserve a chance to party with friends and family.But, and this could be said about a number of things in our society, some will take it too far. And we're ...

Graduates can trust that school has prepared them to succeed

When many of our area students walk across the stage at graduation over the next few days, they'll be at an interesting crossroads of their lives.On the one hand, they will no doubt celebrate a landmark achievement, and deservedly so. How many things in our lives do we work 13 years to earn?On ...

Obama should not apologize during his visit to Hiroshima

When President Barack Obama speaks in Hiroshima, Japan, later this week, he will have to walk a microscopically fine line to lament the tragedy that occurred there in 1945, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb, one of two used to end World War II. In doing that, Obama should say ...

Obama’s policy: Buy votes now, we pay later

President Barack Obama has taken vote-buying for himself and his Democrat Party to a new high in politics. This week, through an announcement by Vice?President Joe Biden in Columbus, Ohio, he made a bid for 4.2 million new loyalists.Biden announced the White House is ordering sweeping changes ...

Summer can still be a time of learning

As the school year winds down in our area - for many, summer vacation begins next week - it's natural for kids to want to put down the books and pencils and go play.And, remembering at one time we were all kids with summer vacations, it's hard to blame them. After all, they've worked hard all ...

On too many issues, state doesn’t lead

There are fewer than 50 days remaining until the start of Pennsylvania's 2016-17 fiscal year on July 1, and there's no word on whether a state budget agreement is possible by that date.Indeed, the big question is whether the commonwealth is heading toward Budget Debacle 2, the sequel to the ...

Congress should be lauded for not blindly throwing cash at problem for once

Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions later.Too often that is not the philosophy in Washington, where the cost of imprudent spending can be in the ...

Funding needed, with safeguards, for substance abuse

Most members of Congress no doubt comprehend the need for more spending on drug addiction treatment programs. At the same time, they have a very clear understanding of the government's ability to waste enormous amounts of money without achieving acceptable results.President Barack Obama ...