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Opinion

Death penalty should be rarely invoked, but not abolished

Editorials

Virginia’s legislature has moved to ban the death penalty, a popular action in some quarters. Before Gov. Ralph Northam signs the bill into law, he should think about three victims: Debbie Dudley Davis, Susan Hellams and Susan Tucker. The three — along with two other women — were raped ...

It’s a racist plan, not a rescue plan

Local Columns

Polls show most Americans support the COVID-19 relief bill. But this bill comes with a slap in the face for people who believe in racial equality and want everyone to benefit. Section 1005 of the bill offers women and minority farm owners a total debt forgiveness of up to hundreds of ...

Opinion page content is too far to the right

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was unaware I had subscribed to the Boomertown Sentinel, but the opinion page in the Feb. 24 issue made me double-check the masthead. Hold on to your Metamucil, folks, the state Supreme Court is described as “an extension of the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania” in an ...

The real cost of Biden’s stimulus plan

Local Columns

Since the start of the pandemic, the federal government has taken historic steps to provide nearly $4 trillion in financial and public health assistance to the American people, with one goal in mind: defeating the virus and getting our country back to normal. Unfortunately, President Biden ...

Going totally solar is not a practical option

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Ms. Kamala Harris, our vice president, has offered some attractive opportunities to unemployed pipeline workers: Cleaning up land mines and making solar panels. I’m not ridiculing Ms. Harris but excusing her “foot in mouth” syndrome. We must remember, she is in a ...

Reparations do not buy justice, dignity or freedom

Local Columns

The issue of reparations to Black Americans as payment for damage done as a result of years of legal slavery and subsequent discrimination is back on the table. The House Judiciary Committee just held hearings on H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to look into ways in which African ...

One way politicians can start to regain public’s trust

Local Columns

Quick, name some national politicians you trust. What’s that you say? You’re struggling to think of any trustworthy politicians in Washington? You are not alone. Pew Research reports 80% of us say we do not trust the federal government to do what’s right “always or most of the ...