Opinion

Border security ‘compromise’ far short of solution

Editorials

It was called a border security compromise. But the bill signed by President Donald Trump Friday seemed to have a lot more give on his side than by Democratic lawmakers. In the end, Trump has gotten enough funding to construct another 55 miles of wall, which is an absolutely necessary at ...

Irrational political culture about to get more so

Opinion

Ralph Northam deserves his current friendless state. The Virginia governor’s initial reaction to a shocking image of a man in blackface standing next to someone dressed in a Klan outfit that appeared on his page of his medical school yearbook was to admit one of the figures was him. His ...

What America needs: A great American movie

Opinion

During long, gray, bleak winters — before the women’s and men’s college basketball tournaments and before baseball’s opening days — I confess to an embarrassing secret: I thoroughly enjoy watching TV- and movie-related awards shows on TV, not just the Oscars but also the Golden ...

Veterans Court a long-overdue and correct rehab tool

Editorials

They put their lives on the line in the service of our country and in places throughout the world, defending freedom. Or they are stateside and perform important, understated duties on behalf of all of us. When their time of duty is up, many military veterans are expected to return to a ...

Pelosi-Trump: The madness will continue

Opinion

There are those who believe that the president came out the winner in the standoff over the government shutdown. They are what political scientists call very wrong. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went into that pre-shutdown meeting in the Oval Office in early December on somewhat shaky ground ...

The manure-spreaders of media sensationalism

Opinion

Here we go again. If you think the manure-spreaders of sensationalism who masquerade as ethical practitioners of journalism learned anything from the recent MAGA-bashing Covington Catholic High School hoax, I have three words for you: Ha, ha, ha. Recently, uncorroborated claims by actor ...

State budget plan can be improved in coming months

Editorials

While Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal emphasis on a battery of job training initiatives hat 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 percent ...

Counties propose ‘A Different Tomorrow’

Opinion

Do you know how often you use the services and programs provided by your county government? When you go to the courthouse for jury duty or to get a marriage license, it's obvious that you are interacting with your county. But it's not so obvious when you call 911. Or when you go to ...

Wolf’s budget rhetoric meets reality

Opinion

Last year, nearly 50 of our neighbors fled Pennsylvania every day. They moved to growing states like Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, seeking opportunity. Meanwhile, we literally can't pay businesses enough to come here. Recall that Amazon rejected $5 billion in taxpayer-funded ...

Career Pathways can blaze trail to future for some

Editorials

It's pretty hard for a person to blaze a successful future without a high school diploma. But for a variety of reasons, that's the reality for some people in our region. A special partnership between Careerlink and Penn State University's Career Pathways Program is solving a lot of that ...

Kamala Harris, ‘Populist’?

Opinion

In a widely praised National Review article excoriating the media, Charles C. W. Cooke writes, “Sometimes consciously, but most often unwittingly, journalists treat Democrats as normal and Republicans as abnormal and proceed accordingly in their coverage.” To put that another way, the ...

Does media deserve to be respected?

Opinion

Is it true that Donald Trump’s bad habits are contagious? Is it true that his Democratic opponents and, even more, his critics in the press are increasingly given to terminological inexactitudes, if not downright lies? Sure looks like it. Recently, large parts of the press — we’re ...

In defense of assimilation

Opinion

The worst thought crime is the one you don’t realize you’re committing. So it was with NBC News legend Tom Brokaw, who — for good reason — didn’t understand that assimilation is now a third rail of American politics. He caused a furor with comments on the venerable Sunday news ...

Lessons from the past

Opinion

Seventy-one years ago this month — in January 1948 — a black, 17-year-old high school dropout left home. The last grade he had completed was the 9th grade. He had no skills, little experience, and not a lot of maturity. Yet he was able to find jobs to support himself, to a far greater ...

Historic fentanyl border bust shows enormity of problem

Editorials

Two summers ago residents of this region witnessed the scary power of fentanyl, when a particularly lethal batch of the opioid being sold on streets locally led to several fatal drug overdoses. So the significance of a recent historic bust regarding fentanyl at the Arizona-Mexico border ...

If Ocasio-Cortez were a conservative

Opinion

WASHINGTON — If Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., were a conservative, all anyone would be talking about is how uninformed she is. She would be facing trick questions from reporters designed to expose her lack of knowledge, and brutal sketches on “Saturday Night Live” mocking her ...

Abortion maximalists on shaky moral ground

Opinion

A bill proposed by Virginia state Delegate Kathy Tran — ultimately voted down — would have made certain forms of baby killing legal. The proposed law would have reduced the number of doctors required to sign a baby’s death warrant and expanded the number of excuses for why a mother could ...

Tony DiSalvo: A life lived to benefit of our community

Editorials

The son of immigrants, Tony DiSalvo was given one overriding lesson of patriotism when attending parades with his father: Respect for the country he was living in, the United States of America. He was told to always stand when the flag went by. Not only did he never forget the lesson, he ...

Campaigns matter and change history

Opinion

In 1960, when John F. Kennedy was running for the White House against Richard Nixon, winning Democratic presidential tickets still depended on the backing of segregationist party colleagues in the Southern states. In October of that year, when Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and sent to ...