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Editorials

Auditor general’s strategy proves to be misguided

It seemed like such a great idea. Back on April 30, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale agreed to audit the waiver process used to decide which businesses could open while others remained closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He did so at the request of Republican legislators and with ...

Property tax amendment needs to be refined

The issue of eliminating school property taxes again is waking up in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin/Perry, has introduced a proposal that would allow residents of this state to vote directly on the elimination of the tax. DiSanto’s plan involves an amendment to ...

Virus milestone, once ridiculed, may be better than the final tally

Remember just a few months ago when some disease analysts who had been predicting COVID-19 would kill 200,000 Americans were being ridiculed by some people? For a time, it appeared the pandemic would claim fewer than 100,000 lives in our country. Last Sunday, the tally had topped 194,000. ...

Russia benefits when Americans turn their attacks on each other

No informed high official in our government disputes that Russia is doing its best to influence the 2020 election, not by hacking into computers and altering vote totals but by sowing dissension among us. In case you hadn’t noticed, that strategy worked very well in 2016 and has since. ...

State must do more to be able to timely count all mail-in ballots

A short ballot will greet voters here and across Pennsylvania on Nov. 3. Voters who go to the polls that day, as well as those who choose to make their selections by way of a mail-in or absentee ballot, will have little difficulty navigating the actual process of responsible ...

Can there be a ‘new normal’ of responsible federal spending?

Members of Congress and the White House had no realistic option but to approve about $3 trillion in emergency spending to battle COVID-19’s devastating impact on the economy. Even more federal money may have to be appropriated for the purpose. But last week, we were reminded of another ...

Judge was correct to strike down Gov. Wolf’s constitutional overreach

While many people — perhaps Gov. Tom Wolf most of all — may have been surprised by Monday’s ruling from U.S. District Judge William S. Stickman IV, we were not among them. Stickman struck down most of the COVID-19 restrictions Wolf has left in place for several months as ...

Ending Census counting early hurts states with rural populations

Perhaps no Census during the past century has faced challenges like those in charge of the 2020 population count must find ways to overcome. Clearly, however, the indeed must develop solutions to the problem of counting Americans who may have been too preoccupied with staying well to respond ...

Government should not use pandemic as excuse to operate out of public eye

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has made everything more difficult and just plain different. It’s changed how people work, how people interact with others, even how people even spend time with their loved ones. So, it’s understandable that it would affect those who are elected ...

You can vote, even by mail, but do it within the rules

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about vote fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — but ...