Editorials

Federal control of elections would make Russian meddling easier

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...

PSSHE tuition rate freeze is good first step

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is freezing tuition rates for the 2019-20 academic year for the first time in 20 years. Hopefully, it’s not a case of too little too late for the state-owned system, which includes relatively-nearby schools like Shippensburg, Lock Haven, ...

Turnpike fee increase taking a toll

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is using valid arguments trying to justify the 6 percent toll increase scheduled to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 5 on all sections and extensions except three western Pennsylvania “cashless” toll facilities. Anyone familiar with the facts about ...

Celebrate those immigrants who do it the right way

Some people do it right. Today we speak of the 37 new American citizens who recently participated in a naturalization ceremony at the federal courthouse in Williamsport. Each of them followed the legal path — not necessarily an easy path — to citizenship. During the ceremony, one of ...

Information needs to be released so drug companies can be punished

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

In this #MeToo era, how could Epstein have barely been punished?

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is among the sleaziest of perverts, if federal authorities are to be believed. Given his 2008 guilty plea to charges he had sex with minors in Florida, there is no reason to discount charges he faces now in New York. Outrage already has been expressed over the ...

Moon landing was a watershed moment in human history

The anniversary will actually be at 10:56 tonight. Half a century ago, parents were waking their children; partiers, night workers, even Major League Baseball came to a stop. We all tuned in to a late-night broadcast, to see something miraculous — something that could only happen once. It ...

Obama deported far more immigrants than Trump; where was outrage then?

Arresting, detaining and deporting illegal immigrants is outrageous, many leading Democrats maintain. Some have called for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated, in effect opening our borders to all comers. But where was the compassion for illegal immigrants during ...