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Opinion

Pelosi’s drug scheme robs patients of new medicines

Opinion

The House of Representatives passed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented crackdown on the pharmaceutical industry. Her bill, “H.R.3,” would allow the government to dictate prices on a broad array of drugs, with the promise of bringing domestic prices closer to those in foreign countries ...

Another victim of child abuse

Opinion

For far too long, the sexual abuse of children and young women has been given little attention by our society. As a result, many thousands of victims were scarred for life. Fortunately, that outrage is finally getting the attention it deserves, and those accountable are being brought to ...

A responsible state budget? Only in your dreams

Opinion

In his sixth budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf asked us to “imagine” what Pennsylvania would look like if he could purchase everything on his wish list. To cover the costs, he wants to raise overall spending a massive 6.1 percent. He also wants to borrow $5.5 billion — a loan that our kids ...

Let’s hope Census does not become electronic fiasco

Editorials

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

After 20 years, alliance still places safety over politics

Editorials

A logical answer to manpower and response time concerns. That is just the start of what was realized two decades ago when the city and Old Lycoming Township entered into a firefighting alliance that involved shared resources. The alliance was formed a few years after the city closed a fire ...

Where America comes together

Opinion

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The “Miracle at Philadelphia” in 1787 that resulted in our enduring Constitution, united a fractured country struggling to find trust in its government, balance individual freedoms with national sovereignty, establish checks and balances through three branches of ...

SROs wear many hats in modern school setting

Editorials

They’re educators. They’re mentors and informal counselors. And, yes, they are law enforcement officers too. The roles school resource officers (SROs) take on were highlighted during a recent training organized by Intermediate Unit 17 on behalf of many districts within its boundaries ...

Time for fishermen to weigh in on next state Trout Plan

Editorials

We often hear community officials, notably police, asking the public to be their eyes and ears. We recently heard that type of plea from another segment of the community — the state Fish and Boat Commission. Timothy Schaeffer, the commission’s executive director, recently went to the ...

Law enforcement needs to know we are on their side

Editorials

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

International cyber war a new reality to take seriously

Editorials

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Vaccines offer level of protection — why take chances?

Editorials

We’ve written much about getting an annual flu shot, which protects not just the individual but the community that may otherwise spread and incubate disease. We’ve written much about new and emerging diseases that have deadly consequences, the most recent being the coronavirus that has ...

Pot push lives in labor la-la-land

Opinion

While Lt. Gov. John Fetterman crusades on legalizing recreational marijuana, one poll released last fall suggests Pennsylvanians may not be eager to jump on the bandwagon. They’re right to be cautious. Lost amid the legalization hullabaloo is the chaos unfettered pot will wreak on labor ...

What have we become? Whatever it is, we are better than this

Opinion

So, there is this annual ceremony held to celebrate the Foley American Hostage Freedom Award. The award is named for James Foley, the American journalist who was kidnapped and beheaded by the Islamic State. It is meant to honor exemplary work to free American hostages. Did I say it’s an ...

Elementary school antics unbecoming of national leaders

Editorials

Much food for thought — and debate — was offered by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address. Among other things, Trump discussed the strong economy, including achievements such as the lowest unemployment rate for African-Americans on record. Democrats pointed out he ...

Patience will be needed during Route 220 project

Editorials

It’s been nearly 14 years since a motorcycle crashed into a minivan on Route 220 in Woodward Township, sparking an explosion and killing the van’s four occupants — a mother and her daughter, a man and his mother — along with the motorcyclist. Five people lost their lives in an ...

Democrats still haven’t figured out what went wrong in 2016

Opinion

Things are not going swimmingly for the Democrats right now. President Trump was acquitted in his impeachment trial, and he gave a State of the Union address that made Democrats feel like the hapless Japanese military as they watched Godzilla stroll through downtown Tokyo. His polling is up ...

Trump right to restrict travel to fight coronavirus

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Chinese government officials and the World Health Organization are bad-mouthing the Trump administration for trying to stop the coronavirus from invading the United States. The Trump administration is barring foreigners who have been in China recently from entering the U.S. Americans returning ...

Early release only rarely should be considered in terrorism cases

Editorials

Concern about overcrowded jails and prisons, combined with a laudable desire to give people who have made mistakes second chances in life, have prompted many Americans to rethink sentences for criminal offenses. That is occurring at the local, state and federal levels. Indeed, we need to ...