Editorials

Trump’s North Korea strategy needs to end, not delay, the threat

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Can we prevent violence without trampling on the First Amendment?

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment, nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it, is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield are clearly bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots were ...

All-state designation loses value when selection appears biased

Are all-state teams serving high school athletes, or just turning into another participation trophy? A story that appears on Page B1 in today’s edition is the latest proof that something is wrong with the system. Early in the summer, the Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association (PSBCA), ...

Taking military action in Venezuela would be a big mistake

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

White supremacists’ despicable views run counter to those of most Americans

Many of the protesters who went to Charlottesville, Va., during the weekend were there simply because they are bigots. Call them what you will, but the plain truth is that scores, perhaps hundreds, of the protesters were white people who despise and often hate those of other races, creeds ...

Do your best to experience the eclipse — without your phone

A truly rare event is happening Monday afternoon, one that has not taken place in nearly a century. The moon’s orbit will place it directly between the sun and the Earth, causing a total solar eclipse. That alone doesn’t make it such a rarity. The fact that it will be visible from coast to ...

White supremacists have no place in civilized society

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the horrific events that unfolded this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Several people were killed or seriously injured as violent clashes occurred when white supremacy groups like the Ku Klux Klan and other so-called “white nationalists” ...

Private contractors under fire for buying Aston Martin, more on DoD dime

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last ...

Brinksmanship with North Korea will lead nowhere positive

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

When – not if – sanctions do not deter North Korea, what is next step?

Leaders of most countries would buckle under the weight of economic sanctions such as those the United Nations is preparing to implement against North Korea. If fully effective, the punitive steps could slash that nation’s exports by as much as one-third. President Donald Trump and other ...