Editorials

America cannot allow itself to be forced into avoidable conflict

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Even on ‘routine’ police business, officers are at risk

No one needs to be reminded that when a law enforcement officer leaves home for his or her shift, there’s no guarantee he or she will be alive at shift’s end. There are myriad dangers out there. No officer knows what he or she will have to confront, whether in terms of a person wielding ...

FAA needs to determine how 737 Max was cleared for service after crash

Federal Aviation Administration acting chief Daniel Elwell was on the Capitol Hill hot seat last week — and members of Congress were right to grill him harshly. Elwell was called before the aviation subcommittee in the House of Representatives to answer questions about the Boeing 737 Max ...

Today’s election – it’s not just for Republicans and Democrats!

Calling all registered voters (yes, even you independents and members of “minor” political parties)! Today, not only is it Pennsylvania’s primary election day (which is open only to Republicans and Democrats), it’s also a special congressional election — one in which every registered ...

Heroism at the ready

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre recently invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. Life-saving courage enough was shown by ...

Declining population rates are concerning to everyone

Whether or not to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point ...

Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund is badly in need of replenishing

Pennsylvania’s Rainy Day Fund still hasn’t recovered from having been caught in the “storms” of recession and otherwise worsening state finances over much of the past decade. Ten years ago, the fund had a positive balance of $755 million. However, now, due to recession-related ...

Regional districts, merit selection for state judges long overdue

Over the past 50 years, 53 of 96 seats in statewide judicial races have been won be candidates from Philadelphia and Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh. That makes sense, given the trappings of a statewide judicial election. Most of the information about judicial candidates is ...