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Editorials

Midd-West needs to make up its mind regarding future of football

Since Juniata County School District voted to end its football co-op with Midd-West, Midd-West (and former Juniata County) superintendent Rick Musselman has offered a consistent message: That there are three choices — start a new team, find a new co-op partner or do nothing — and that the ...

If Kim Jong Un is ‘begging for war,’ then world must unite to prevent it

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

Iconic images and heroism in Houston

For all the attention we sometimes pay to television and internet videos, still images continue to have more power to symbolize important events in our lives. The photograph of Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima and another of firefighters in a remarkably similar scene on the rubble of the ...

Hamas, Hezbollah may bring war on multiple fronts

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

We have faith that helping others will trump partisan politics in Congress

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occurring now in Texas and Louisiana. Democrat lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has ...

Kim’s erratic behavior means America must be constantly vigilant

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seems to be determined to keep U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders off balance. It is a very dangerous game. For several days, it had seemed to some that Kim had at least paused in his saber rattling via missile launches. U.S. Secretary of State Rex ...

The people in Houston are real Americans, not the hate groups

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...

Something needs to be done to curb federal government spending

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Violence against those with whom you disagree can not be tolerated

President Donald Trump continues to be criticized, often in harsh terms, for suggesting earlier this month that white supremacists and neo-Nazis, while disgusting to true Americans, are not alone in using violence against those who disagree with them. Former Vice President Joe Biden actually ...

Trump switches sides: Wants to send troops to Afghanistan

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald ...