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Editorials

With hunting here, keep CWD in mind

The continued presence of Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer population is no doubt inflicting some measure of unease in what the Pennsylvania Game Commission labels as the “regular firearms season” that is beginning this weekend. This is only the second year in more than half a century ...

Black Friday perspective important

Black Friday always has been synonymous with large crowds waiting outside in darkness and cold temperatures in hopes of having the opportunity to buy “that special Christmas gift” for someone. The Friday after Thanksgiving has been regarded as the start of this country’s Christmas ...

Resist business closures

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have already ordered new — or rather, renewed — steps to combat the disease. Most are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand ...

Resist business closures

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have already ordered new — or rather, renewed — steps to combat the disease. Most are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand ...

Trump should cooperate

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Marking Marshall tragedy

Fifty years ago this past Saturday, Americans were united in the worst possible way — grief over what had happened near the airport near Huntington, West Virginia. An airliner carrying nearly all members of the Marshall University football team crashed returning from a game at East ...

Urgency on virus needs turned up

Honoring veterans was a top agenda item on Wednesday but so were the words “enough capacity,” and for good reason. Unfortunately, judging from developments on the coronavirus in recent days, those words are destined to be front and center indefinitely. Officials and the public in ...

Veterans deserve respect

Remnants still exist of the national guilt that evolved in the years following America’s failed experience in Southeast Asia — guilt stemming from the less-than-respectful treatment some veterans of the conflict received upon returning home. This country’s troops who fought in the ...

COVID-19 tests ought to be free

COVID-19 testing is more than a matter of individuals safeguarding their own health and that of their families. It has become an important tool in limiting the disease’s spread. Recognizing that, members of Congress included an important testing provision in the CARES Act approved earlier ...

Another lockdown unfeasible

With COVID-19 slashing through populations throughout the world, some nations are preparing for lockdowns of the type employed last spring to curb the virus’ spread. Americans can’t afford to do that. Another business slowdown/shutdown of the type we experienced for a few months could ...

Take hard line against cyber crime

At least the Russian and Iranian operatives attempting to influence public opinion in advance of the election have ideological goals. Not so with a more dangerous class of hackers — freelancers willing to kill for money. Federal officials warned last week of a new wave of online extortion ...

Important decision looms on our future

Upon taking the oath of office on Aug. 9, 1974, to become this nation’s 38th president, Gerald Ford declared that “our long national nightmare is over.” Of course, he was referring to the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of Richard M. Nixon. During the course of that ...

Exercise your right to cast vote

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy — even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

State budget surrounded with anxiety

The fiscal time bomb challenging the best budget instincts of the Pennsylvania General Assembly keeps getting closer to exploding. The important question that should be in the minds of state taxpayers is whether lawmakers really have enough time between now and Nov. 30 to fashion a realistic ...

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 ...