Editorials

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 ...

Talks with NKorea mark start

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at their summit in Singapore, made the challenge of improving relations between the two countries seem easy, with both leaving the historic meeting with a signed accord. But the months — perhaps years — ahead will judge whether ...

PASSHE faces tough decisions

Pennsylvania taxpayers shouldn’t be expected to continue supporting colleges that are virtually a shell of what they should be, when other options exist for their students. However, taxpayers of this state continue to financially prop up Cheyney and Mansfield state universities — two of ...

Roads, vision helping to drive Ebensburg growth

The business growth being experienced along the Route 22 corridor in the Ebensburg area is being described as “a rare and unique story” in this part of the state. One of those embracing that view is Dennis Simmers, chairman of the Cambria Township Planning Commission, who was quoted in a ...

Higgins bargain appalling

Many Bedford County residents no doubt shook their head in disgust upon learning that former District Attorney William Higgins apparently won’t spend even a minute in jail in connection with the 31 misdemeanor charges to which he pleaded guilty last week. Those charges involve obstruction ...

Incident at United concerning

United High School in Indiana County isn’t in the Mirror’s general circulation area. However, the high school isn’t very far from communities that this newspaper reaches each day; the United School District is connected to Blair County by Route 22. The high school, just outside the ...

Barr earns her ouster

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career is a ...

Incident puts damper on year at Hollidaysburg

The unconscionable incident that occurred last week in the Hollidaysburg Area School District has caused young people and adults alike, from within and beyond the school system, to wonder how, in this purportedly enlightened time, the four students involved became complicit with such a ...

Treat wildlife cautiously

Now that central Pennsylvania is experiencing some breaks from the persistent rainy weather that has dominated the past several weeks, more people will be venturing outside more often, not just to do yard work but also for walks in the woods or to enjoy recreational assets that parks ...

Opportunity awaiting graduates

So many opportunities await a country of graduating high school seniors. The world is open before them, just waiting for each to make their mark. Make no mistake, each of them will. This week, with graduation season in high gear, we’d like to offer our grads some thoughts as they enter ...

Pondering those who have left us

This hasn’t been an easy spring for those in charge of cemetery maintenance to ready them for today’s important observance of Memorial Day. The persistent rainy conditions have greatly challenged the dedicated workers. In most places, those maintenance workers do a tremendous job, and ...

State has proven it can go without shale tax for now

A severance tax on the Marcellus Shale gas-drilling industry has been one of Gov. Tom Wolf’s major priorities since he became Pennsylvania’s chief executive in 2015. If he’s re-elected in November, it’s likely that that so far elusive goal will remain one of his agenda items, going ...