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Editorials

A trillion here, a trillion there and pretty soon you have a real catastrophe

It is doubtful the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., would have foreseen a time when a bit of sarcasm attributed to him would become obsolete. Sometime during the 1960s, it is said, Dirksen warned against apathy regarding the national debt by commenting, “A billion here and a billion ...

Child Rescue Coalition is saving kids from sexual predators

Among the very worst evils in our world is sexual abuse of children. But many of the predators engaged in it have an enemy powerful enough to strike fear in them. Operating far enough under the radar that we doubt many people have heard of it, an organization in Boca Raton, Florida, has a ...

MCSD doing right by public with its open communication

If you’ve read our opinion page for any length of time, you know we like to call out public institutions when they are operating — or at least attempt to operate — with as little public oversight as possible. But we also want to point out when one of them is doing right by you, the ...

Health and safety are the only reasons to delay a COVID-19 vaccine

When will we have an effective, safe, vaccine against COVID-19? That depends. Federal public health officials who are in the know and without any political agendas have said deliveries of vaccine can be expected sometime in January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts a ...

Americans must be able to have faith that our election process is fair

Well, so much for questions about whether enormous mistakes may occur in handling presidential election ballots. One already has. It was reported last week that nearly 50,000 — 50,000! ­— voters in Franklin County, Ohio, received incorrect mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election. The ...

Group who tried to kidnap Michigan governor are, indeed, domestic terrorists

If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror, disgust — real Americans do not attempt to change either society or government by force. Those who do so, ...

Voters deserve to see presidential candidates debate more than once more

Were the COVID-19 virus to be a creature capable of thought, it would be easy now to accuse it of engaging in a plot aimed at American democracy. The most devious, evil schemer based in Moscow or Beijing could not come up with a more perfect storm leading up to the Nov. 3 election. With ...

While Congress and White House fight, ordinary Americans are left to suffer

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and millions of their employees — ...

Governor’s ‘good’ deed carries plenty of baggage

It’s a bit difficult to attack Gov. Tom Wolf when he manages to do the right thing. But his expansion of crowd limits announced earlier this week — which could impact allowable attendance at high school football games as early as tonight — is, as usual, a mix of good and the typical heavy ...

Toomey, Rendell join forces in support of term limits for Congress, Senate

Pat Toomey and Ed Rendell both understand term limits — in fact, Toomey has upheld campaign promises with self-imposed term limits in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Rendell — a former Pennsylvania governor and Philadelphia mayor — was term limited in both ...