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Editorials

Local consumer loyalty more vital than ever

The front page of last Monday’s Wall Street Journal included an article portending trouble for businesses not only in the nation’s big cities, but also for retailers, restaurants and other consumer-reliant entities in smaller business hubs such as Altoona and Johnstown. All considered, ...

Francis must show he can take next step

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people — including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...

Boost aid for injured veterans

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, want to ...

Research on plasma promising

Public attention in the COVID-19 pandemic emergency has focused mostly on the horrific case and death numbers and the challenges hospitals and health care workers are facing. Additionally, people keep hoping for promising news about a possible quick cure or effective vaccine. The issue of ...

Ferret out truth on murders

Reta Mays’ spree as a serial killer ended in July 2018, but only after she got away with murdering military veterans for a year. Now that she has been unmasked, the question of how Mays got away with her evil for so long needs to be answered. On Tuesday in U.S. District Court at ...

Enablers should face penalties

For months since the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ misdeeds at Ohio State University surfaced, people have wondered how he got away with it for so long. While serving as a doctor for OSU athletic teams during the 1990s, Strauss sexually abused hundreds of young men. Some of them complained at ...

State parks deserve attention

This is an excellent time for state lawmakers to be more proactive on behalf of state parks and their respective facilities. The parks provide numerous opportunities to enjoy sunshine and fresh air amid the necessity for social distancing that COVID-19 has wrought. It probably is safe to ...

PA shouldn’t bet on casinos for fast tax fix

While there is no such thing as a sure bet, it’s a fairly safe wager that the upcoming mini-casino auction will be a bust. State lawmakers in June, wishing for a tax boost, ordered the state Gaming Control Board to try to auction off a mini-casino license. But unlike in Disney’s ...

Keeping close eye on Iran

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country — were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the ...

Replace monuments with signs of peace

The monuments to Confederate generals and to those who fought to maintain slavery are coming down. That’s a good thing and long overdue. It cannot stop there, however, as we move not only to eradicate their symbolism, but the very real systemic racism they represent, and which sadly ...

COVID-19 casts pall over holiday

Unimpeded by the coronavirus pandemic, many communities across America will present their traditional fireworks displays this weekend in honor of Independence Day. Virtually every U.S. city and town also will experience its share of firecrackers and colorful airborne displays. Meanwhile, ...

It’s July 4: Make safety our priority

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam — just so no one blows off a ...

Help keep museums relevant

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of the ...

Virus billing worth keeping close tabs on

Many people beset with high — and increasing — health-insurance premiums have little sympathy for the business challenges faced by insurance companies. That’s human nature, and that attitude/viewpoint is not likely to change. But a coronavirus-testing billing situation uncovered by ...

US should set pace on vaccines

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have proceeded ...

Another stimulus merited

Members of Congress were wise to pause their campaign of priming the economic pump to counter the effects of the coronavirus epidemic. Nearly $3 trillion in aid to individuals, families, businesses and local and state governments needed to be given time to work before more federal spending ...

Demographic data on virus is important

From nearly the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, it was clear the disease has a racial component. Black Americans have been affected far more severely than whites. Exactly why that is so has not been learned yet. Obviously, getting answers is critical. But Blacks ...

Beleaguered PLCB should just surrender

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board should accept the defeat it was handed in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday, discard any thoughts of filing a costly appeal with the state Supreme Court and avoid any delay regarding full compliance with what the judges decided. Any Pennsylvania resident who ...

Treasury should be transparent

billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being assisted — in a tough position. Treasury Secretary ...

Ebensburg flag flap regretful

It was disappointing that a Confederate flag — a flag whose existence is rooted in hatred, division and national upheaval — was allowed to undermine the spirit, meaning and purpose of this year’s Ebensburg Memorial Day Parade. The flag should have been ordered from the line of parade ...