Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Just who will be the big loser?

When winning at all costs becomes the primary objective of politicians, the American people suffer. Important initiatives are not undertaken. Bad things can happen. During much of the so-called “government shutdown,” it appeared that both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy ...

Our Opinion: State budget plan can be improved in coming months

While Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal emphasis on a battery of job training initiatives that would improve Pennsylvania’s labor force capabilities is correct, the proposed budget is not without flaws. For starters, the $34.1 billion plan represents $1.9 billion in new spending or a 6 ...

Our Opinion: When is the breaking point?

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is ...

Our Opinion: 55 miles is a start

Fifty-five miles of the border made impassable to illegal immigrants beats nothing. That is the view President Donald Trump should take of a border barrier compromise hammered out by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. With the three-week deadline to avoid another partial shutdown of ...

Our Opinion: The radical leftist fringe

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour, he visited New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, ...

Our Opinion: Lashing out

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound like positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an ...

Our Opinion: Back to the future?

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...

Our Opinion: Please … be… brief

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he ...

Our Opinion: Let those without sin cast the first stones

So eager have too many Americans become to find people to call evil that we have taken to inventing them. That attitude, a form of aggressive mental laziness, itself is wrong. Thoughtful people — which represents the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded of ...

Our Opinion: Who’s going to pay for all this?

Promise-them-anything Democrat candidate for president Julian Castro was under fire last week from fellow liberals — for not promising Americans enough. Castro, who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama, announced last weekend that he is ...

Our Opinion: The art of politics

Once again, Democrat leaders in Congress have made it plain their chief goal is attacking President Donald Trump, not dealing with illegal immigration. Unless reasonable Democrats retake control of their party, that attitude will continue to block progress. During the weekend, President ...

Our Opinion: What is happening in other school districts

If people of area counties want a respite from thinking about the partial federal government shutdown, they have the option of focusing on two growing trends in education — four-day weeks and bans on homework — that, who knows, might someday take hold places, for better or worse. It’s ...

Our Opinion: ‘Endorsing failure’

We like the idea. It seems pretty straight-forward. “It doesn’t make any sense to me that Student A is allowed to flunk Algebra and still play football, and he knows that he’s able to get away with it,” School Board Member Jeff Labesky said on Monday. And he’s a former ...

Our Opinion: Some are public servants

He’d love to help with a comment, the employee at a federal agency told a journalist last week, but he couldn’t. Blame the “government shutdown,” he explained. He wasn’t even supposed to be on the job. Still, he answered some questions, doing his best to help. Government at all ...

Our Opinion: Gas distribution takes another hit in ruling

Distribution prospects for natural gas in the Mid-Atlantic states took a hit recently when Maryland officials rejected a proposed pipeline across the western part of the state that would have carried natural gas produced in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. It was a win for environmentalists ...

Our Opinion: A great taste of Pennsylvania

Better-than-average January weather conditions greeted the 103rd annual Pennsylvania Farm Show this week in Harrisburg. It provided a great opportunity for farmers and non-farmers to attend what’s billed as the nation’s largest indoor agricultural exposition. The farming extravaganza, an ...

Our Opinion: Repeat DUI offenders get overdue tougher penalties

The penalty for chronic offenders of Pennsylvania's driving under the influence laws just got stiffer. And well it should. Under a long-overdue revision passed by the Legislature in October and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, the legal consequences for some repeat offenders of DUI laws add up to a ...

Our Opinion: What matters

Our world in 2019 is dominated by cell phones, social media, and a pace of life that seems more complicated and faster than ever. Technological advances allow us to communicate more than ever before. But sometimes it looks like we communicate less than ever before. Our social media ...

Our Opinion: We believe…

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” — Rachel Carson, American biologist (1907-1964) Who are we to pull the rug out ...

Our Opinion: Tonight, we ponder the greatest blessing of all time

For many of us, this will be a busy day. Last-minute Christmas shopping simply must be finished. Then there are all those presents to wrap. Friends and family are stopping over, so some housecleaning is in order. And someone has to cook dinner for tonight and begin preparations for the big ...