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Editorials

Congress gridlock must end

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 fell on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers took so long to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists believe ...

Approaching 2021 with cautious optimism

As America begins its trek through the “2021 Experience,” no one should be content with just shallow, general expressions of hope that the next 12 months will be better than the year just ended. If 2021 plays out as an anemic response to the many bad aspects of 2020, the citizens of this ...

Keep fingers crossed 2021 surpasses expectations

The Mirror’s editorial of Dec. 31, 2019, began with the observation that “the year that is about to end will be recorded as one of disgust, frustration, sadness and madness — one justifying fear about how it might impact 2020 and beyond in a negative way, both domestically and ...

Drawing line on opioids

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued in early ...

State should focus on fight against drugs

With such a steady flow of breaking news relating to the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election for months, many Pennsylvania residents, including some people here, have not focused attention on some other noteworthy stories that at other times would have grasped their ...

Christmas offers new, and needed, hope

Today’s celebration of Christmas is offering a birth of new hope, in addition to the most important opportunity of the day, which is commemorating Jesus Christ’s birth on earth. Christmas 2020 always will be looked upon as the time when deep-rooted despair and pessimism regarding the ...

Despite struggles, let’s keep the faith

Despite the positive spin that usually dominates the weeks from just before Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, each year there nevertheless is much suffering in this country and around the world. That almost can be dubbed a fact of life. Unfortunately, this year, the coronavirus ...

Transportation funding would benefit region

One need not like President-elect Joe Biden or the incoming chief executive’s choice for U.S. transportation secretary to recognize a possible major opportunity for Pennsylvania, including this part of the commonwealth. If Biden is successful in proceeding with his $2 trillion plan to ...

Thoroughly reconsider pets as gift

Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

Approve COVID-19 package

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...

Student loans shouldn’t be all forgiven

President-elect Joe Biden campaigned in part on behalf of canceling hundreds of billions of dollars of student debt, starting with a $10,000 write-off for all 43 million Americans with federal loans. But as an article in last Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal pointed out, tough choices loom ...

Congress must ease burden

Many U.S. hospitals are under siege because of COVID-19. Both in personnel and other resources, they need all the help they can get. Earlier this year, when most people thought the epidemic would peak by this fall, Congress acted wisely by including in the CARES Act a provision suspending ...

Extend CARES deadline

Unless members of Congress find some way to compromise and give Americans an early Christmas through a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, the holiday season will be grim for tens of millions of people. President Donald Trump can do little about that — but he can do something. Among ...

With heavy hearts, we recall Dec. 7

This weekend, Americans will be reflecting on accounts about the infamous Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. Despite the passing of 79 years, there likely will be some new angle regarding that horrible day that will be informative both to senior ...

Corruption blowing up in Ohio

Give FBI officials credit for holding their cards close to the vest regarding utility-related corruption in Ohio. What is troubling is that the number of cards seems to be increasing. Earlier this year, federal agents arrested former state House of Representatives Speaker Larry Householder ...

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 ...