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Editorials

Drawing the line on racism

Overwhelmingly, we Americans are not bigots. It grates on us to be accused of tolerating “systemic” racism. Then we read or hear about situations such as one last year at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Here, in case you missed it, is part of The Associated Press report on the ...

Skepticism following the science

We’ve been urged to “follow the science” so many times during the past six months that we suspect many people are growing sick of the advice. Besides, what if the scientists aren’t following the science? Some of them are not. Americans became justifiably suspicious of the World ...

Both parties have had hand in fueling hate

The stage was set for the 2020 General Election Campaign to be ugly, long before it officially got underway. The seeds for this year’s ugliness actually were planted half a decade ago during the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign, and there has been little, if any, respite from that ...

CRC making strides versus child abuse

Among the very worst evils in our world is sexual abuse of children. But many of the predators engaged in it have an enemy powerful enough to strike fear in them. Operating far enough under the radar that we doubt many people have heard of it, an organization in Boca Raton, Florida, has a ...

Heidelbaugh will fight for justice

I am writing to show my support for Heather Heidelbaugh for Pennsylvania attorney general. Heidelbaugh is an experienced and highly qualified trial lawyer who will fight for justice for all victims while also ensuring that our local law enforcement have the resources they need to continue ...

Violent protests must end

By the end of September 2019, 30 U.S. law enforcement personnel had been killed while on duty. Thirty-seven have been killed this year. Non-fatal injuries have soared, too. It is not being inaccurate to note that many, probably most, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other law ...

On this day, we recognize your carrier

At this time when newspapers — and the media in general — are being attacked unfairly and irresponsibly for what they report and the opinions they present to their subscribers, viewers and listeners, there is a group of dedicated individuals who remain undeterred nonetheless toward ensuring ...

COVID-19 far from finished

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and millions of their employees — ...

Our ‘daily miracle’ still vital

Newspapers in Pennsylvania have a long history of providing timely, accurate and informative news to the citizens of the commonwealth. We deliver the stories that matter most to residents of local communities; stories that often cannot be found elsewhere. Despite the challenges and ...

Debate deserves Plan B

Were the COVID-19 virus to be a creature capable of thought, it would be easy now to accuse it of engaging in a plot aimed at American democracy. The most devious, evil schemer based in Moscow or Beijing could not come up with a more perfect storm leading up to the Nov. 3 election. With ...

With election looming, think it all through

Baby boomers — and perhaps their children — probably can recall when it was not uncommon for their elementary school teachers to recommend “put on your thinking cap” when they were about to begin a test or embark on some subject matter. In this age of computers, that particular bit of ...

Address postal service

Talk for months about how inefficiency and lax security in the U.S. Postal Service may affect the upcoming presidential election has had an unfortunate side-effect: It has distracted attention from the agency’s very real, deeply rooted dilemma. Any private company suffering as badly as the ...

System failed Taylor

Breonna Taylor’s family is right: The system failed her. She should be alive today, but she is not. It is too late to save Taylor, who died in a hail of bullets from three police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, one night in March. It is not too late for law enforcement officials ...

Establish vaccine priorities

Though there is some dispute over how soon a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the general public, it appears a few million doses may be ready before the end of this year. There is general agreement they should go to the most vulnerable among us. That is older people with pre-existing ...

Experts needed to assess bill on child porn

It is hard to disagree with a bill in the Pennsylvania Senate aimed at toughening penalties for individuals possessing child pornography. But an amendment to that measure — Senate Bill 1075 — needs more discussion and, more importantly, strong assurances that it represents something ...

Urgency needed on virus

Despite an effort by a bipartsan coalition of dozens of members of Congress, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer than a month ago. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is what appears to be a willingness to just let the issue go. At least there will be no ...

Flu shots available; get one

Mention vaccines these days, and chances are the talk will be about when some protection against COVID-19 can be expected. Another killer is about to take the stage, however. “Regular” influenza — actually multiple viruses that vary in threat level, depending on the year — strikes ...

Scarnati posture troubling

The lawsuit filed by the campaign committee of Pennsylvania’s top state senator against two journalists who wrote articles questioning some of his campaign spending is the basis for more speculation and suspicion than the articles themselves. The lawmaker in question, President Pro Tempore ...

Ginsburg inspired a nation

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology at ...

Property tax amendment needs refining

The issue of eliminating school property taxes again is waking up in the Pennsylvania Legislature. Sen. John DiSanto, R-Dauphin/Perry, has introduced a proposal that would allow residents of this state to vote directly on the elimination of the tax. DiSanto’s plan involves an amendment ...