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Editorials

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 ...

Until 737 Max is 100% safe, it should remain on the ground

Commercial aircraft production is a high-stakes business in more ways than one. Federal regulators should stick to their position of emphasizing one of those stakes — lives. Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jetliners have been grounded throughout the world since March, when two of the craft crashed ...

Socialism and growing youth support of it is irredeemable

Noah Rothman wrote an opinion piece this past week in which he warned about the new generation of young Americans who are opposed to the free market. He quoted the inimitable (and reliably ignorant) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who announced at the annual (and glitzy and high-tech) South by ...

Fairness matters, even if it doesn’t to Congressional Democrats

Members of the House of Representatives — Democrats, anyway — just set the stage for only the third impeachment trial of a president in U.S. history. Though the process obviously is a political one, Democrats’ handling of it thus far has been transparently unfair. House Speaker Nancy ...

Kids need to be protection from online scammers, predators, too

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Congressional effort to raise tobacco-buying age is badly needed

Difficult as it may be to believe, some members of Congress are fixated on more than the impeachment proceedings playing out against President Donald Trump. Bipartisan legislation is advancing that would raise the minimum age at which Americans could purchase tobacco or vaping products to ...

The very best government is small government

Many local governments and other taxing authorities across Pennsylvania who work on a calendar year-basis are in the final stages of adopting their 2020 budgets. We know many go through a long and sometimes excruciating process of evaluating costs, revenues, personnel, services … you name ...

How much have our intelligence agencies improved since 9/11?

Until they have answers, the top priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies needs to be determining whether Mohammed Alshamrani was a lone-wolf terrorist or part of a larger plot. Alshamrani, an officer in the Royal Saudi Air Force, was being trained at a U.S. naval base at ...

Let us erect statues of those truly worthy of honor

We Americans have torn down a lot of statues during the past few years. You know the type: Memorials to military and civil leaders of the Confederate States of America. Perhaps it’s time to switch gears and erect a few new statues. Give credit to the people and public officials of ...

GOP has work to do to earn pivotal black vote

Some polls in recent weeks have provided an encouraging picture for President Donald Trump of strengthening support among black voters. I like these kinds of reports. But I wonder how much of reality they are really capturing. The Wall Street Journal, for instance, reports on new polling ...