Other Commentaries

On gun laws, Legislature is ‘waffle’ house

State legislators characteristically did nothing in 2012 after John Walton, of Butler Twp., Luzerne County, retrieved a gun that a court had ordered him to surrender and used the weapon to kill his estranged wife and himself. Under state law, Walton was allowed to surrender the gun to his ...

Ryan decision satisfies his supporters

Finally, House Speaker Paul Ryan edged President Donald Trump out of the nation’s attention. The Wisconsin Republican’s astonishing announcement that he would not seek another term rocked Washington in a way that almost nothing Trump has done, said, threatened or tweeted. That is a ...

Erie bishop sees light on church’s shame

The list of names is lengthy, and the damage done by the people on it is incalculable. It’s an especially egregious and enduring form of damage, done to children by betraying their innocence and trust. Erie Catholic Bishop Lawrence Persico last Friday released the names of 51 people ...

Wear blue; children need champions

T.S. Elliott famously described April as the cruelest month. For child victims of abuse and neglect, that description is only partially apt. This month, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance marks the national observance of Child Abuse Prevention by planting 4,416 blue ribbon flags near ...

No, Hillary: Red states dynamic

Hillary Clinton is being universally panned by Republicans and Democrats for her recent rant against people who voted for Donald Trump. While giving a speech in Mumbai, India, Clinton boasted that she “won the places that represent two-thirds of Amer­ica’s gross domestic product.” ...

A plan is needed for safer prisons

The Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) has always made the safety and security of Corrections Officers our top priority. That’s why it was so heart wrenching to lose one of our own when a hero, Sgt. Mark Baserman, was murdered at SCI-Somerset by an inmate with a ...

Students show their resolve by walking out

They sure aren’t settling for thoughts and prayers. High schoolers who walked out of class around the country last Wednesday to protest gun violence were demanding action. Thousands of young people — because while it is tempting to see them as children, these were not the actions of ...

‘Together we can grow Pennsylvania’

For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for the citizens of our Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I have had the real pleasure of spending time in every part of our state and have met and listened to the stories of countless Pennsylvanians. Through these conversations, this much became ...

Puppy mill bill helps, but only part of solution

We realize that Pennsylvania lawmakers could and should be grappling with issues that many residents would deem more important than puppy mills — taxes, education, passing a budget on time for a change, to name a few. But for Pennsylvania, and Lancaster County in particular, this is an ...

This day was made for ‘Billy Boys’

By James F. Burns Billy Sunday, Billy Graham, and the Billy Boys. The first two Billys were evangelists, Graham well known, Sunday less so. But who were the Billy Boys? They were followers, admirers, virtually worshippers of “Good King Billy,” King William III whose victory over ...

In finest hour, Trump stands for Pittsburgh

President Donald Trump’s affirmation last week that he will indeed attempt to place U.S. workers and industry first and that he does, in fact, believe in trade protection for American workers and their jobs, has caused near apoplexy within New York-Washington commentariat. We are told that ...

Trump is right to impose tariffs

Washington is certainly a contentious place these days, and President Donald Trump has undoubtedly been a lighting rod for partisan squabbling. But despite the rough ride in the nation’s capital, the American people may find reasons to agree with at least one effort undertaken by the Trump ...

Tougher state lobbyist law ups tranparency

Here’s something we wish we could say much more often: Score one for transparency and accountability in Harrisburg — thanks to a new measure that stiffens Pennsylvania’s lobbyist-disclosure law. House Bill 1175 was passed in bipartisan fashion, with overwhelming House and Senate ...

Court moved too quickly on redistricting

After ruling the state’s map of congressional districts unconstitutionally gerrymandered, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court should have stopped there. By drawing its own map and ordering it implemented for the upcoming elections, the court has exceeded its authority and brought confusion to ...

Tougher lobbyist disclosure laws good first step

PennLive.com You just have to appreciate a good first step in the right direction, even if there are many miles to go. That’s our feeling about a bill toughening lobbyist disclosure rules that Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law last week. The measure, among other things, increases the ...

AMBUCS mission pedals forward

By Rachael Lenhart Close your eyes, and think back to the moment you received your first bike. Do you remember the color? How about the wind in your face when you took off from your parents into your new-found freedom? Did you brag about to your friends at school the next day? This is ...

Insurer steps up in fight against opioids

Insurance companies, part of the health care industry, don’t often resort to military analogies to tout their initiatives. But Highmark Inc.’s announcement last week declaring a “war on opioids” seems apt. The company rolled out two new promising programs to enhance its other ...

Public education is a civil right

By Doug Rosenberry As both a public school teacher of 21 years and a former student in the Altoona Area School District, I have seen firsthand the impact a quality education can have on a child’s life. Pennsylvania was one of the first states in the nation to establish a free public ...

Graham offered words to live by, a life to admire

On a cool Tuesday night in October 1958, the Rev. Billy Graham walked onto a stage at the Charlotte Coliseum for the 26th sermon of a five-week Charlotte crusade. “Tonight,” he began, “I want to talk on how to live the Christian life.” More than 13,000 people had jammed the arena ...

Writing Pennsylvania’s next chapter

In his fourth budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf challenged lawmakers to write “a story about a brighter future we can build together.” Nice rhetoric, but the truth is, the strides Pennsylvania has made in recent years have come despite Wolf’s opposition, not because of his ...