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Editorials

High voter turnout hints at concerns of local residents

An event of “massive public engagement” — Tuesday’s general election — will shape the future in our region. The quote is from Forest Lehman, county voter services director. We couldn’t think of a better way to say it, particularly in light of a 38.18-percent voter turnout in ...

Silent majority undoubtedly will take dim view of political extremism

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Who is on stage? Americans need candidates who stand for them

Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman from Texas who thought extremist demagoguery was the path to the presidency, has dropped out of the race for the Democratic Party nomination for that office. Good riddance. Politicians do not drop out of races until they have been convinced they have ...

Federal attention needed to correct high drug prices

This should not be something that happens in the United States of America — but it does. After the Sun-Gazette ran a report exploring the rising cost of prescription drugs and how much insurance pays, we explored the issue further with our weekly webpoll, the results of which are published ...

Alliance with naysayers would stunt our future energy progress

A Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative with other states has a nice sound to it. Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf’s initiative requires a brotherhood with states such as New York and New Jersey that are not on the same energy page as Pennsylvania. Those states are not friendly with the state’s ...

International solidarity key to checking ISIS

It is doubtful that ISIS — the Islamic State terrorist organization — was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a raid by U.S. forces in Syria. ISIS already had a succession plan in place ...