Editorials

Pelosi’s State of the Union motives have little to do with security risks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had someone’s well-being in mind when she suggested this week, if the partial federal government shutdown continues much longer, President Donald Trump should postpone his first State of the Union address — scheduled for Jan. 29 — or choose to deliver ...

For shutdown to end, Democrats must be willing to compromise

Rep. Tom Marino, R-Williamsport, is absolutely right: The partial federal government shutdown — which is, as you’re reading this, now in its 26th day — could end immediately if Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the rest of the congressional Democrats ...

Proactive approach to curbing mass violence deserves support

How often after a tragic school shooting have we heard those who knew the shooter tell us they weren’t surprised at all that (insert name here) did something like this? While the passionate debate over gun restrictions takes up most of the oxygen in the discussion about how to best prevent ...

Gas distribution takes hit in Maryland ruling

Distribution prospects for natural gas in the Mid-Atlantic states took a hit recently when Maryland officials rejected a proposed pipeline across the western part of the state that would have carried natural gas produced in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It was a win for environmentalists ...

Payoff of yearly Turnpike toll hikes is not obvious

For the 11th year in a row, motorists’ tolls on the 359-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike are going up. So that’s more than a decade of annual increases to drive the turnpike. The tolls went up 6 percent starting Sunday, meaning for passenger vehicles traveling the length of the Turnpike the ...

Some in government still public servants

He’d love to help us with a comment, the employee at a federal agency told a journalist from our sister publication in Wheeling, West Virginia last week, but he couldn’t. Blame the “government shutdown,” he explained. He wasn’t even supposed to be on the job. Still, he answered some ...

A little reason would go a long way for Gov. Wolf

Gov. Tom Wolf has some big-ticket items on his shopping list of potential goals in his second term. They include an increase in the minimum wage, expansion of background checks on firearms purchases, overhaul of how public schools are funded and imposition of a tax on Marcellus Shale ...

State’s repeat DUI offenders get overdue tougher penalties

The penalty for chronic offenders of Pennsylvania’s driving under the influence laws just got stiffer. And well it should. Under a long-overdue revision passed by the Legislature in October and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, the legal consequences for some repeat offenders of DUI laws add up to ...

Barr would restore much-needed integrity to Justice Department

The Department of Justice, under fire often in the past two years, clearly needs a new leader who can command respect from all sides. It needs a leader who can act with the full power of the office behind him but do it in such a way that restores integrity to the department. President ...

Pensions require close look

Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems received a wake-up call on Dec. 20, delivered by a review commission in a 400-page report. What’s clear from the report is that, if the two pension funds don’t respond appropriately, the funds risk increasingly shaky times. Fortunately, they ...