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Editorials

Parents need to be responsible adults rather than their child’s friends

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physical and online, the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department can provide one. A couple weeks ago, the Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down on what should have been one of its busiest ...

Americans must take a stand in 2020

Happy new year. Our rights are under siege. I wish that statement were hyperbole. But the events of 2019 make clear that Americans cannot sit back, go about their business and assume that things will be fine. Economically speaking, yes, things are very good. But law-abiding Americans are ...

Church’s sex abuse problem won’t go away until leaders take it seriously

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to be ...

Let us resolve to do something about crippling national debt in 2020

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Again, new year means higher tolls on Pennsylvania Turnpike

Happy New Year. And oh, by the way, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be going up 6 percent. New Year’s wishes and the toll increase seem to go hand in hand. This is the 12th consecutive year the tolls have been increased. The raised tolls are part of a 2007 design to raise more ...

Ring in 2020 safely and responsibly

We realize that for some of you out there, you’ll ring in the new decade in the same place you always are at midnight — asleep in your bedroom. But for many, the prospect of New Year’s Eve means going out, whether that’s a pilgrimage to Times Square in New York City, a private party ...

Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system needs to be addressed

Revamp might be too strong of a word for describing the mission of a soon-to-be-formed three-branch task force that will be examining Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system over the next approximately 11 months. One definition that Webster’s dictionary provides for that word is ...

Taliban should note that withdrawal of troops does not rule out a return

Four thousand more U.S. troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan, reducing the force there to about 8,600, it was reported. That number is inadequate to do more than protect key U.S. positions and personnel. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw more forces from Afghanistan will be ...

Obamacare is being exposed as the deeply flawed law that it is

Little by little, the bright, appealing shell that is Obamacare is being stripped away to reveal a thoroughly rotten core. More of it was being exposed last week. Former President Barack Obama’s administration went to great pains to shield the truth about Obamacare from the American ...

Are you ready for Christmas?

One common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, donations to worthy causes made, and Christmas dinner food ...