Editorials

Toying with police force isn’t funny

The perpetrators of the rogue transmission on a Logan Township emergency radio channel late Feb. 11 and early Feb. 12 no doubt got great fun and satisfaction from their actions. After all, they were responsible for police officers spending hours responding to several areas to check out what ...

PSU sees emotional swings

February has been a month of two extremes for Penn State University. On the positive side, last weekend’s 46-hour dance marathon known as THON raised more than $10 million to benefit pediatric cancer patients and their families. Last year’s event raised $9.7 million. The ...

Trump must keep it real with Pence

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Reade has chance for new start

“Bury the past,” “avoid new distractions” and “concentrate on the work at hand” are three good recommendations for the Reade Township Municipal Authority, going forward. The authority has been unfortunate in having had to deal with a number of persistent controversies. However, ...

Drug deaths must raise family urgency

Last week’s report by Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross that there were 45 drug-overdose deaths in this county last year — up from 38 in 2015 and 22 in 2014 — must be a wake-up call for everyone here. The growing toll has upped the urgency for all families to be vigilant for any sign ...

Strengthen our troops in Afghan

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Trump should slow down

The first weeks of the Donald Trump administration have demonstrated shortsightedness in trying to do too much too quickly. No one, except perhaps the president himself, has expected the nation’s new chief executive to deliver on all of his campaign promises during his first 100 days in ...

Pakistan must be top priority

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Pakistan must be top priority

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Wolf’s idea to fund police makes sense

Gov. Tom Wolf’s resurrection of a proposal to tax municipalities that rely solely on state police protection faces a virtually impossible journey, just like other efforts to implement the idea over the past two decades failed. It is a hot-potato issue from which most lawmakers prefer to ...

State police must restore public trust

The cheating epidemic at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy confirmed by a report made public Feb. 3 was disconcerting to people who up to then had unwavering faith and trust in the commonwealth’s main law enforcement department. In the months ahead, state police leaders must provide ...

Budget harmony elusive

Gov. Tom Wolf’s pursuit of a different strategy to extract Pennsylvania from its fiscal morass might in the end get more support than his two previous state budget proposals. However, the $32.3 billion 2017-18 budget plan Democrat Wolf unveiled on Tuesday still contains much that the ...

Act 172 provides incentive

A law that took effect in mid-January authorizing municipalities to grant a local tax credit to volunteer emergency responders provides an opportunity consistent with current realities. This being a time when men and women increasingly are hard-pressed to find the hours needed for such ...

Pennsylvania has mastered ‘kicking can’

Although “$2 billion” has been used widely to describe Pennsylvania’s fiscal troubles, the Legislature’s nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office in mid-December offered the “brighter” projection of a $1.7 billion shortfall for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which begins July 1. But now, only ...

Focusing on Tyrone practices

Tyrone Borough Councilman Charles Mills wasn’t unreasonable when he voiced the opinion last month that the council should decide employee hirings and firings, not the borough manager. Although the municipality’s home rule charter grants that authority to the manager, it can’t be ...

Good sign: Trump for pipelines

Among the headlines President Donald Trump made last week was one citing his executive order to clear obstacles standing in the way of the proposed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. That is a good start. Now, let’s move on to accelerating federal action on natural gas pipelines ...

Challenge still facing Cresson

A company’s decision to drop plans for a natural gas power plant on part of the former Cresson State Prison property is a setback for Cambria County and adjacent Blair County, as well. That can’t be disputed. However, in the wake of that negative development, which ended the prospect ...

Move reduction of legislature to forefront

The Pennsylvania Legislature has too many members and costs too much to operate. That observation isn’t new; it’s been repeated over and over during the decades that lawmakers have been making feeble, unsuccessful attempts to reduce the General Assembly’s size as well as the expense ...

Replacing school tax complicated

Anyone excited about the prospect of the Pennsylvania Legislature eliminating the school property tax this year needs to acknowledge the possibility of a big letdown. Replacing that tax is an issue much more complicated than most state residents realize. Meanwhile, taxpayers, rather than ...

Pardoning Manning wrong call

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...