Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Just one person

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Our Opinion: No strings attached

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best ...

Our Opinion: Better than nothing?

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit ...

Our Opinion: Thank you

People rip them. They never do a good enough job, some say. Well, our reporter rode with a PennDOT plow truck driver on Tuesday, and let us tell you, they do do a good job. You’re driving slowly, trying to miss mailboxes, guardrails, cars, every few feet. How easy of a job does that ...

Our Opinion: With purpose

If there’s one thing that’s clear in the series of Hospice volunteer stories TO reporter Stacey Gross is writing it is that everyone’s skill has a purpose. These are volunteers, folks; volunteers with day jobs, in most cases, some are retired and don’t have to be doing these ...

Our Opinion: Pushing deadlines

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

Our Opinion: Targets

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

Our Opinion: A new leaf

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Our Opinion: Possible

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key points was that ...

Our Opinion: Every way

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Our Opinion: Reversal of fortune

Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly electric bills have gone up and ...

Our Opinion: Of little faith

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Our Opinion: Pakistan biggest threat?

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Our Opinion: Running wild

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a ...

Our Opinion: Not so fast

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted this week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election Assistance ...

Our Opinion: No one forget

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Our Opinion: That X factor

Love him or hate him, but please partake in what was shear beauty on Sunday night. You have to be fascinated in this world we live in... in what a human being such as Tom Brady can accomplish on a daily basis. Look no further than YouTube, and not the MTV folly video show Ridiculousness, to ...

Our Opinion: They are kids

What part of “the president’s young children are off-limits” do some entertainers not understand? The often-maligned news media gets it, and has for many years. Presidents and their grown sons and daughters are fair targets for journalistic coverage. But small children who happen to ...

Our Opinion: Standing firm

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald Trump’s ...

Our Opinion: The answer

The superintendent of schools does not want this decision made based on emotion. The question: Should the district eliminate the Youngsville football program? She is exactly right — this decision should not be based on emotion, but, you have to understand, so many of these questions in ...