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Editorials

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 ...

State better be ready for Election Day

A short ballot will greet voters here and across Pennsylvania on Nov. 3. Voters who go to the polls that day, as well as those who choose to make their selections by way of a mail-in or absentee ballot, will have little difficulty navigating the actual process of responsible ...

Insurance may keep elf off shelf

Among popular Christmas season activities during recent years has been finding the Elf on the Shelf. The stuffed toy, about 12 inches long, delights children who wonder where in the house he or she may be hiding. Thanks to COVID-19, a good place to start looking for the Elf this year would be ...

A Labor Day filled with uncertainty

Usually on Labor Day, people of the Southern Alleghenies region are winding down their summer activities and adjusting to the day-to-day realities of the fall and winter that lie ahead, with the knowledge that the busy holiday season awaits them. Labor Day is a public holiday honoring the ...

State parks should remain free of charge

State parks usually begin taking the proverbial back seat at this time of the year as daytime temperatures inch downward and, for many people, the leisure time available during the summer months gives way to what people refer to as the everyday grind. But this weekend, which people often refer ...

Nutrition programs still vital

Behind the unemployment statistics — between 16 million and 18 million Americans without jobs, many as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic — are the children. Millions of them are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table. Now is not the time to ...

On Fed front, some good news

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, ...

On V-J Day, honoring our heroes

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of today. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s surrender was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in this ...

Punish Bannon severely

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...