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Editorials

US needs a Plan B for vital medicines if imports of drugs suddenly cease

Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Last week, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Those who share photos of Bryant crash scene deserve severe punishment

It may be only a matter of time until graphic photographs of the scene of a helicopter crash that killed retired basketball pro Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people start making the online rounds. Reportedly, some of the pictures show crash victims’ bodies. Once any ...

It is up to Afghans to prevent Taliban from reinstituting brutal oppression

A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

Those working with children must have better judgment

Children, even very young ones, can be very difficult. On occasion, parents, teachers and others supervising them have to be very strict to protect the youngsters and others around them. But should a 6-year-old be arrested and carted off to any sort of detention by law enforcement ...

Coronavirus is concerning, but overreaction is counterproductive

So, how worried should I be about COVID-19? What do I need to do to keep myself and my loved ones safe? There is reason for concern about COVID-19, the coronavirus that has spread to 50 countries after breaking out in China. As of Thursday morning, the disease had killed about 2,800 people. ...

Without punishing those who enabled Weinstein, there will be more like him

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. This week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March 11. ...

Boy Scouts, like others, is good organization that was corrupted

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the scouts became victims of the adults they and ...

Using coupons dishonestly is not a victimless crime

When news of a Pittsburgh-area supermarket owner being charged with theft by deception over coupons surfaced, we were likely less surprised than most. For those who don’t know, the owner of four Shop ‘n Save locations in Allegheny County pocketed more than $300,000 by instructing his ...

Moving primary date in Pennsylvania would increase political influence

Pennsylvania is one-third of the way to becoming a more prominent player in the presidential primary nominating process, albeit not until 2024 at the earliest. The Keystone State must not allow this opportunity to fail. With the state Senate having voted unanimously last month to approve a ...