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Editorials

You never know whose lives might be saved by donating blood

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Hope hostilities with Iran don’t escalate; prepare in case they do

Iran’s leaders accomplished what they needed to do this week, with a major rocket attack on two areas in Iraq where U.S. troops were housed. They were able to tell their own people they would not allow the “great Satan” — the United States — to push them around. Scores of U.S. ...

More transparency in our government is always a good thing

In what seems like a common-sense measure, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday unanimously voted to force public agencies subject to the state’s Sunshine Act to post agendas publicly on their websites and at agency offices at least a day before meetings in which they are ...

Safeguard us against self-driving vehicles without stifling progress

The nanny crowd ­— folks who insist only government is capable of protecting us against any hazard — wasted no time in criticizing proposed new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers. “This is a science experiment playing out in real time on our roadways without any safeguards ...

Take a wait and see approach on Pennsylvania’s budget

For the past two fiscal years, Pennsylvania taxpayers have had cause for cautious optimism about the Keystone State’s financial condition for the short and longer terms, going forward. During numerous months of those fiscal years, which run from July 1 through June 30, incoming revenue ...

Trump did the right thing by ordering killing of Soleimani

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin ...

Potentially save a life by checking smoke, carbon monoxide detectors

New Year’s Day 2020 is in the books and, hopefully, a fond memory for you. You may have enjoyed a day off work, perhaps a celebration the night before, and maybe some college football on the big day itself. Forget to do anything? Hint: Checked your smoke and/or carbon monoxide detectors ...

Decision makers are doing best they can under difficult circumstances

Wednesday marked the first time this winter area schools closed because of snowy, cold, windy and icy weather. And, predictably, when people awoke to see fewer than 12 feet of snow on the ground and less than whiteout conditions outside, there was the usual public protesting in the vast ...

Mental health service expansion: Noble goal but complex execution

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a right-minded priority for 2020 — a broad effort to improve mental health services and change public perceptions of mental illness. The initiative includes more resources and a public-outreach campaign similar to the strategy that has been deployed in response ...

Be responsible to yourself, those around you by getting flu vaccine

Haven’t gotten around to getting that flu shot yet? Figure you’re young and strong and wouldn’t have any trouble fighting off a bout with influenza? Well, if you come in contact with older people, children or anyone else for whom flu is serious — perhaps deadly — business, shame on ...