Editorials

US debt choking America

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Organ shortage thorny

In this country there remains a serious shortage of human organs such as kidneys for transplantation. Despite informational efforts aimed at encouraging people to designate themselves as organ donors, many healthy organs go to people’s graves instead of helping to save or better someone ...

Pa. lading turnpike with debt

News that turnpike tolls will go up 6 percent in January was neither a surprise nor welcome. The toll increase — which, like state pension contributions — are going nowhere but up in the coming years, largely because of shortsighted decisions years ago by lawmakers and the governor. Not ...

Stun gun use raises serious questions

Video of a Lancaster city police officer using a stun gun against a black man went viral last week after it was uploaded to Facebook. According to the Lancaster City Bureau of Police, officers responded to a disturbance on the first block of South Prince Street involving a man identified as ...

Take jury summons seriously

The Blair County court system’s latest crackdown on people who’ve ignored summonses for jury duty, while commendable, could have been made more effective for both the short and longer terms. Regarding some of the individuals who ignored their summonses multiple times, the $25 or $50 fines ...

On this day, let’s pause to reflect

In this year 2018, some Americans are concerned about the future of this great country. That such a situation is in play isn’t the first time, and it probably won’t be the last. Correct within the minds of most of the citizenry, despite today’s problems and issues, is the fact that ...

Reminder: Be safe on July 4

This Independence Day celebration in central Pennsylvania — and throughout the rest of the commonwealth — no doubt will be more colorful and noisy than any in the past. This will be the first celebration of the nation’s independence since the state abandoned its archaic, overly ...

Sustain recycling efforts

The time for Americans to be honest about recycling may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, homeowners ...

Online business could face level playing field

Because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 21, it’s too early to predict the wording of the Use Tax line on the 2018 Pennsylvania state income tax form and whether, beyond this year, the line will have to continue to exist. For 2017, the line — Line 25 — said simply, “Use Tax. Due ...

Sad day for the free press

Today is a sad day to be a journalist. And today, especially, is a sad day to be a journalist at a community newspaper. Today, we are reminded that, in doing our due diligence as reporters and editors and upholding all Americans’ First Amendment right to a free press, we put ourselves at ...

Americans have big hearts

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations ...

Gov’t has too much cash stashed

Do you have $15.4 billion socked away for a rainy day? We didn’t think so. But your government does, and the bureaucrats, backed by liberal lawmakers, don’t want to give it up. Analysts in President Donald Trump’s administration have found that amount of money locked up in inactive ...

Addressing America’s conscience

It’s safe to say that most Americans are deeply concerned about the ongoing plight of the children of illegal immigrants, regardless of their opinions about how the immigration issue in general should finally shake out. The mental and emotional terror — indeed, horror — that the ...

State’s fiscal picture shows ray of sunshine

News from Harrisburg last week provided grounds for Pennsylvania residents to feel cautiously optimistic about the commonwealth’s financial prospects for the 2018-19 fiscal year that begins July 1. Unlike the budget exercise for the current fiscal year, which was haunted from the start by a ...

Case vs. Theranos troubling

Of greatest importance now in the criminal case involving the Silicon Valley, Calif., blood-testing company Theranos is not whether the company’s two leaders will receive adequate punishment if convicted. Rather, the immediate concern must be whether any of the medical patients who were ...

Block call part of new age

When someone wins, someone loses. That’s not only true in the world of sports. There are myriad examples in people’s daily lives; there are myriad examples in the business world, one of which no doubt captured many taxpayers’ attention last week. H&R Block, Inc., whose name is at ...

Ohio State scandal surfaces

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about ...

Newspapers remain most credible source

Newspaper staffs across the commonwealth work tirelessly, day in and day out, to deliver fact-based news and information. It is the pledge of dedicated journalists, who are also fellow members of the community, to report real, honest and credible news. In an era of misinformation and fake ...

Wreckage belongs at Flight 93

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it, once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

Sobering statistics on crashes

Although summer hasn’t yet officially arrived — that occurs on June 21 — the summer travel season already is well underway. At this time of the year, drivers are accustomed to hearing the plea “drive safely and defensively.” Of course, that reminder is appropriate every day of ...