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Editorials

We must do what is necessary to protect society’s most vulnerable

About 40% of the more than 146,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to happen. Many of the deaths occurred during the ...

Congress needs to act quickly to get help to Americans desperate for it

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...

For schools to reopen successfully, it will require parental responsibility

As the scheduled beginning of the 2020-21 school year draws nearer, the prospect of those ubiquitous yellow buses returning to the roads to pick up and transport our children to class leads to reasonable questions regarding how or even whether it can safely be done amid the continuing COVID-19 ...

School resource officers help bridge gap between police, community

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding that police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the few rogues among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more ...

It is vital to fund schools adequately for our children’s academic health

School, both public and private, will be quite different this fall. In many states, classrooms that normally would have been open by mid-August will not be occupied until September or October, if then. Whether the education process for millions of children will involve in-person teaching or ...

Mosquito problem must be dealt with to avoid outbreaks of other diseases

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in ...

Biden will destroy the suburbs

If you live in the suburbs, or you’re a city-dweller eyeing a move to a quiet cul-de-sac where your kids can play, you need to know about Joe Biden’s plan for a federal takeover of local zoning laws. Biden wants to ramp up an Obama-era social engineering scheme called Affirmatively ...

For a former businessman, Wolf seems to know little about business

If you think Gov. Tom Wolf is fixated on destroying Pennsylvania small businesses, it’s getting harder to argue against that. In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, during a pandemic in which many businesses are struggling for mere survival because of his ...

Covering postage for mail-in ballots is an absolute no-brainer

Of all the irrational debates Americans should be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported last week takes the cake. Beyond any doubt, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, ...

We owe disabled veterans a reliable way of getting themselves around

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice for us. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, ...