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Editorials

Women having fewer abortions is good news – no matter your politics

No doubt recent news about abortions will become a political football within days. It ought to be viewed as one of the great public health triumphs of the past few decades. Abortions have become less common in the United States than at any time since they became legal, through a U.S. Supreme ...

The American left is completely insane

It’s September 2019, and here’s where we are: The political left in this country is completely insane. Elected Democrats are demonstrably incompetent. Democrats running for president warn constantly that President Trump is teetering on the verge of totalitarian fascism, all the while ...

First ladies almost always work quietly for the good of America

Whether the exquisite furniture in the Blue Room at the White House is genuine antiques or department-store reproductions is nowhere near as important as, say, the war in Afghanistan. And whether the wallpaper in the Red Room is refurbished or, at high cost, replaced has no effect on the ...

Tuesday’s arrests show we must always be vigilant to protect our kids

Tuesday was a horrible day for people many youngsters see as role models. On Tuesday afternoon, Felipe Vazquez, a star pitcher for Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates, was arrested and charged with (among other things) possession of child pornography and statutory sexual assault. On ...

Later school start: New Jersey pilot program worth a close look

A new — albeit limited in scope — pilot program being launched by the New Jersey Department of Education is worthy of being watched by educators in Pennsylvania and other states, even if it doesn’t spur widespread change outside of Pennsylvania’s neighbor to the east. Anyone ...

Adopting modern methods, making voting easier are good for democracy

Even though it sometimes feels like it would have to move faster just to reach glacial pace, Pennsylvania’s election system is slowly moving into the 21st century. Beginning Monday, voters now have an online option to apply for an absentee ballot (www.votespa.com/applyabsentee). The ...

Candidates advocating for fracking ban are irresponsible

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...

Government needs to get out of the mortgage business

Let’s say you decide to go into business for yourself. You’ve always wanted to be a home construction contractor. Why not? Credit could be a problem. Even if you have socked aside enough to build a few “spec” houses, how will you operate while you wait for them to sell? You’ll need ...

Pennsylvania could be due big payout from YouTube

Attorneys general in 49 states — including Pennsylvania — may want to take a look at a big payout from the Google YouTube online service. Google has been fined $136 million by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations it harvested personal data about children without seeking their ...