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Editorials

We deserve to know how those receiving public money are spending it

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

Only Congress has the power to send aid directly where it is needed most

Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the nation struggles to get an economy stalled by COVID-19 back in gear. Some success has been seen; by June 13, the U.S. unemployment rate was 13.3%, much better than the 14.7% a month before. Still, we have a long way to go. Prior to the ...

If we stop arguing, we may find more in common than we thought we had

It’s an increasingly-difficult task these days to discuss any issue of substance facing this country without the warring factions on each side jumping in and trying to tell us how smart they are for having the position they do or how dumb those who disagree are for holding the opposite ...

Milley’s concern reminds us military is loyal to citizens, Constitution

Regardless of how you lean politically, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did a few days ago was reassuring. President Donald Trump has been criticized by some — and, it needs to be noted, praised by others — for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You will ...

Well-publicized voting problems will do little to increase turnout

Complaints about voter disenfranchisement often have more to do with incompetence than partisan scheming, we suspect. This year’s primary election in Georgia appears to be a case in point. Voters reported lengthy delays and other problems in many of the state’s 159 counties last Tuesday. ...

Return of youth sports will be sight for sore eyes

Now that Mifflin and Juniata counties have joined Snyder County in the green phase of reopening, among the many things that can return are youth sports — and not a moment too soon. Every year, spring and summer just don’t sound like spring and summer until the smack of the baseball or ...

We can never forget stain of slavery on our nation’s history

No one knows with certainty how many human beings — men, women and children — were forced to stand on the 800-pound stone that remained planted in the ground on a street corner in Fredericksburg, Virginia for 176 years. What we do know is that each and every one of them was treated like an ...

Gov. Wolf not OK with unilateral decision making – unless he’s doing it

One could perhaps forgive Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday for not being in the greatest of moods. On Tuesday night, the General Assembly voted to end the governor’s emergency declaration that started in March at the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak. Does the legislature have the power to do that ...

2020 graduates deserve their moment to shine, even if it is different

It seems like a lot longer given all that has happened in that time, but it has been just less than three months since the COVID-19 pandemic really began causing havoc in America, leading to the shutdown of businesses, schools, sports, concerts and just about everything else other than grocery ...