Our Opinion

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 ...

Our Opinion: ‘We cannot get someone into treatment if they’re dead’

When we read that over 6,000 Naloxone kits were handed out for free in one week in Pennsylvania in a recent giveaway, it seemed like a lot. It seemed like a lot of people were taking advantage of an antidote to opioid overdoses. Naloxone is administered to reverse the effects of opioids in ...

Our Opinion: PLEASE … STOP

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing and stop arm is extended. If convicted of breaking this law, you could get a $250 fine, five points on your driving record, and a 60-day suspension of your license. In December, a province in Canada ...

Our Opinion: You can make a difference

It’s at this time of year that we usually hear about well-to-do folks wishing to spread holiday cheer by paying off all the layaway bills at retail establishments (oftentimes anonymously, as one person in suburban Philadelphia just did) or other similar grand expenditures aimed at helping ...

Our Opinion: Elites blocking reform

Recently, a group of migrants near Tijuana, Mexico, rushed through border fencing and attempted to enter the United States near San Diego. Tear gas was fired by Border Patrol agents, and most of the migrants turned back. A few dozens were arrested. Pictures and online videos showed children ...

Our Opinion: Not the time

After several years in which it appeared instances of coal miners’ pneumoconiosis — black lung — were decreasing, the disease seems to be making a comeback in our region of the country. Now is not the time to phase out a federal program intended to help victims. Long-term exposure to ...

Our Opinion: A good man

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Our Opinion: Casey — why not? — dips toes into Dem presidential race

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is putting Pennsylvania on the 2020 political map by floating the idea he will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency. Of course, Pennsylvania was already a presidential hot spot for the 2020. It’s considered a must-have state by both major political ...