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County made right call on opioids suit

Last week, the Dauphin County commissioners filed suit against 11 drug manufacturers and three doctors for ignoring the effects of prescription opioids and pursuing profits over patients. We support that litigation. We acknowledge that the solution to the opioid crisis is complicated, and a ...

US infrastructure needs better access

For a White House often accused of being divisive, President Donald Trump may yet bring warring parties together on a major initiative that few voters will oppose. In his State of the Union address last month, the president declared a major priority of his administration will be the ...

Districts should consider school starting times

Penn State researchers are far from the only ones who have found that later high school start times would better serve the adolescent internal clock. This isn’t a matter of “babying the future generations,” as one commenter on LancasterOnline put it. It’s a matter of biology. We know ...

TCJA benefits significant for many

The benefits of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed at the end of 2017 will positively impact the take home pay of many Americans as soon as this month. Unfortunately, to listen to many media reports and some politicians, it amounts to “crumbs” and favors the “rich.” This is pure ...

Newspapers’ real news never left

Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that Facebook would begin prioritizing high-quality news on the social network by allowing its users to rank news sources that they see as the most credible and trustworthy citing “too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world ...

Justices ignoring constitution

HARRISBURG — We’re nearly a week removed from one of the more consequential decisions rendered by this current iteration of our state Supreme Court, and we still don’t know how the court came to that decision. Sure, all the people moaning and writing about “gerrymandering” in the ...

Opioid addiction has no limit

By Teresa Osborne and Bill Johnston-Walsh Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf took an unprecedented step for Pennsylvania by signing a disaster declaration to fight the heroin and opioid crisis. In doing so he acknowledged that the epidemic is a public health emergency affecting every walk ...

New tax law could contribute more confusion

Hate the Internal Revenue Service? Worried that you won’t be able to fill out your returns correctly under the new tax law? Do not take it out on the poor IRS employee who could not answer your tax question, even after you spent a half-hour on hold. Blame the GOP-led Congress, which, in ...

‘Proud he was my president’

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, ...

Pa. hurts small business for casinos

In the spring of this past year, the Pennsylvania House passed a bill allowing liquor license holders in the state of Pennsylvania the opportunity to install up to five video gaming terminals (VGTS) in their place of business. Our lawmakers had the chance to gain substantial, recurring ...

Papers should be exempt from tariff

The viability of local newspapers, including the Mirror, is being challenged by the proposed newspaper tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the type that is used to print this newspaper and others across Pennsylvania. Simply put, newspapers in the commonwealth ...

Voucher plan bad for public schools

Someone once said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” When I think about some legislators’ latest tuition voucher scheme, that sentiment comes immediately to mind. For the third or fourth time in the last quarter ...

Police shooting probes: Report favors rethinking

Pennsylvania State Police, who deserve praise and support for the work they do every day, have good cause to take another look at their approach to investigating troopers’ use of deadly force. A Northampton County grand jury that looked into the agency’s investigation of the May 20 death ...

Button, button, who’s got the button?

In the early evening of Jan. 2, the president of the United States tweeted this boast: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear ...

No farewell for a real non-statesman

The longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history announced this week that he will finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally retire. That’s seven “finallys” — one for each of the consecutive six-year terms Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, served. He begin his ...

Partison battle over CHIP is shameful

Of all the bargaining chips called into play by congressional Republicans and Democrats over budget differences, the worst and most inexcusable is health coverage for kids. The all-but-depleted Children’s Health Insurance Program was brought back from insolvency last month when the House ...

Habits of effective resisters

Cleaning up the cultural and civic debris left by Donald Trump and his right-wing helpers will require concerted effort. The “resistance” is determined to do that, but to succeed, its members must develop some effective strategies and drop counterproductive ones. Here are seven ...

Try a little tenderness this year

DUBLIN, Ireland — “Try a Little Tenderness” is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods. According to Wikipedia, it was first recorded on Dec. 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing). Probably these names are as unfamiliar to us today as ...

Tip revenue should belong to the workers

Distribution of tips is a major issue among restaurant workers but there is a consensus that should continue to be protected by wage laws — tips belong to workers rather than to the restaurant. Yet proposed regulations by the Department of Labor, ostensibly to improve compensation for ...

Vigilantes trash due process

New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is spearheading a McCarthyite purge of sexual harassers from Congress, throwing the nation’s capital into turmoil. What counts as sexual harassment? Good question. Men accused of boorish gestures or vulgar remarks face the same disgrace as outright ...