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Editorials

America should devote more energy to understanding what drives killers

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding, as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has, that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick, is ...

We need to understand what triggers people to kill

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

Drivers must truly understand risks of distracted driving

Sometimes things have to be placed in the right context in order for people to put it in the proper perspective. An excellent example of this was a recent Washington Post report on motor vehicle fatalities in the United States. Most people are well aware that distracted driving is posing a ...

Americans need more ‘can do,’ not more candidates

Watching the political process play out is more discouraging each election cycle. Even the freshest faces in the field eventually descend to the level that handlers and pollsters tell them they must in order to win: criticizing other candidates in the same party (many of whom they’ll have to ...

Bill to allow vets to use GI Bill funds for STEM education is common sense

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common-sense bill to help veterans of military service. Among those pushing for the measure, the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, S 2011. It was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. ...

College education shouldn’t mean decades of debt

The rigors of college are no joke. Neither, in Pennsylvania, are the tuition payments. A study on student debt across the country found that our state’s students have the highest amount of student loans. A 2018 LendEdu.com study found that 67 percent of Pennsylvania’s students come out ...

Sabotaging others’ food is not harmless fun – it’s dangerous

Yet again we hear in the news about someone who took it upon themselves to try to sabotage others’ food — this time in Pennsylvania. A 20-year-old woman in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Mifflin decided for reasons that are not yet known (but are suspected to involve intoxication) to ...

Athletes must listen to their bodies – and coaches must let them

Here soon, the sound of whistles blowing, balls being thrown, caught and kicked and pads cracking will signal the return of practice for fall sports. Unfortunately for the athletes, preparing for sports in the autumn requires training in the heat and humidity of August — known often as the ...

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, ...