Our Opinion

Our Opinion: It ought to

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by his fellow Ohioans as a disappointment — and by Democrats all over the nation as an alarm ...

Our Opinion: Next time, maybe not so lucky

We Americans have been very lucky in many ways. One of them involves the truly horrific disease Ebola. Few people in this country have given Ebola much thought since the severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-16. It killed more than 11,300 people, primarily in Guinea and Sierra ...

Our Opinion: Have that talk

His heart felt as if it would pound out of his chest, the 15-year-old boy told a resource officer at a high school in Ohio last Friday. The deputy called for an ambulance to take the student to a hospital. Two other boys, one 14 and the other 15, experienced similar distress. They saw the ...

Our Opinion: Our pitch to stop nasty sales pitch

Many of us have heard the phone ring glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

Our Opinion: Congress must act to protect children from cyber-stalking

On the shrinking list of things most people can agree upon these days is this: Crimes committed by adults against child victims are particularly heinous and should be punished more severely. That’s why we join in supporting a bipartisan effort by both of Pennsylvania’s senators – ...

Our Opinion: Saying all the right things

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Our Opinion: It won’t do

One of the attitudes that differentiate most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A ...

Our Opinion: Aim for enforcing existing laws

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Our Opinion: Approve HR 1166

While some ultra-liberal members of Congress are advocating crazy, impossible initiatives such as the “New Green Deal,” some of their peers are going quietly about the business of doing something productive about climate change. Last week, U.S. Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Scott ...

Our Opinion: Shifting back to the people

Prior to resigning from Congress, 12th Congressional District Rep. Tom Marino introduced a constitutional amendment to institute four-year terms for members of the U.S. House of Representatives. His resignation does not change the common sense wisdom of this proposed amendment. As it stands ...

Our Opinion: Minimum wage hike due; not $12

Pennsylvania's minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour since 2009, making it one of 21 states to hold the line since then. It's time for a minimum wage hike. But it's not time to raise it from $7.25 an hour to $12 an hour, as proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf in his state budget plan which is ...

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 ...