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Editorials

Death penalty should be rarely invoked, but not abolished

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 ...

Voters must not be swayed by Wolf’s blatantly-biased ballot questions

For someone who purports to believe in free and fair elections, Gov. Tom Wolf has a funny way of showing it. In May, during the primary election, voters will be presented with three ballot questions about proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Normally, questions like these ...

Allowing transgender athletes in women’s sports defeats purpose of Title IX

As one of his first official acts since assuming the presidency, Joe Biden signed an executive order declaring that females are not equal, at least those who are biologically female. OK, nothing he signed used those exact words. But his proclamation will have that effect. On the day he took ...

Why won’t Supreme Court stop states from flouting their own election laws?

The Supreme Court has — regrettably, in our view — put an end to challenges over the way our state managed the 2020 election, and in doing so, allowed disgraced former Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar a minor victory in her forced retirement. On Monday, the high court threw out ...

A change in the way social media operates is sorely needed

Think whatever you want about the fairness of Twitter banning Donald Trump from its platform, but reasonable people should quash this notion that Twitter’s decision somehow is a violation of the First Amendment. Instead, reasonable people — which hopefully still includes a few lawmakers ...

Finances of Pennsylvania Turnpike need to be addressed

Next year will open the proverbial window to some semblance of fiscal sunshine for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. It is on July 1, 2022, that much of the turnpike agency’s annual supplemental-funding obligation to the state Department of Transportation for transit services under ...

Formation of vaccine task force is better late than never

Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has been fraught with errors and miscalculations, not only by Washington, but in numerous state capitals as well. The approximately half-million U.S. deaths from the virus — not to mention the millions of people who recovered — deliver a ...