Editorials

Be smart and be safe, please

As we wish for our own family and friends we wish for our dear readers: Be safe and be smart, please, whether on the roads amid the season’s first storm, or in the coming days during hunting season here in Pennsylvania. No, you should not drive your normal speed when there’s ice and ...

The debt we owe

One hundred years ago yesterday, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Pay attention to school buses and their precious cargo

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not watched in shock, fear and anger as motorists ignored ...

Opt in: Get out and vote

Election day falls just before the people of this country turn their attention to another important day this month — Veterans Day, Nov. 11. In the event you’ve never really connected the dots, there is a very strong correlation between the two. Veterans Day is a time to not only ...

Hate still very much alive

In what has become far too commonplace in our country, another mass shooting occurred last weekend — this time, here in Pennsylvania — as a man obviously filled with hate rampaged through the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, killing 11 and injuring several ...

Turn up the heat on safety

We’re heading into winter, time again to remind everyone about fire safety as people light up the stoves and fireplaces. Seven times each day, someone in the United States dies in a home fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, cooking fires account for 47 percent of ...

Falling with the leaves into autumn

Orange, yellow, red — or brown? Many of us look forward to the turning of the leaves every year. It’s a sign...possibly THE sign...of fall and all it represents, as well as a simultaneous invitation and warning that, as some say, “Winter is Coming.” But what governs the vibrancy — ...

Reasonable but firm requirements needed for high school grads

We want you to consider which of these options should be required for high school students in Pennsylvania to graduate: 5 Meet a state Education Department-driven composite score on three exams, but require students to achieve a proficient score on at least one exam and at least a basic score ...

No response from GOP candidate is disappointing

People of the 76th House Legislative District — our region — are fortunate to have two young people step forward to seek election to serve them in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. We’re talking about Michael Hanna Jr. and Stephanie Borowicz. We take the glass-half-full approach by ...

To confirm, or not to confirm

Unless the FBI uncovers facts to back up allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, members of the U.S. Senate should vote to confirm him. The situation is that simple. Senate Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh have perfected the art of the moving target. First, they insisted ...

The high court needs a lesson on ‘dark money’

Someone please explain how the U.S. Supreme Court can support a ruling that “dark money” groups must disclose the identities of some anonymous donors, when in 2010, the high court ruled in the infamous case of Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission that tax-exempt “dark money” ...

FDA must get it right with e-cigarettes

Give people something they like (but don’t need) and they’ll want more ... and more. We use that adage to describe the trend, i.e. the growing addiction taking place nationally with e-cigarettes. As we reported recently, federal law precludes the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under ...

Put down the cell phone and get to work

here he was, standing on the sidewalk outside of a local business. He had a broom in one hand, and a garbage bag tied to the same hand. He was in full work uniform. It was late morning during a weekday. His obvious job? Sweep up litter around the business, which is one of the busiest ...

Thank You!

We are honored to host a “Time Out” (RSVP) open house this evening in partnership with the Clinton County Economic Partnership. We appreciate the consideration we get from our readers as we work to earn their respect and trust. We greatly value the business we receive from and our ...

9/11 is reminder of what unites us as Americans

It’s hard to believe it has been this long already, but 17 years ago today — on Sept. 11, 2001 — our nation suffered a terrorist attack on a scale unprecedented in our history. Thousands of Americans and citizens of other countries died when hijackers flew commercial airliners into each ...

Are you prepared for flooding?

Suffice to say, our area has dodged flooding this summer in the face of incessant rainfall. Our neighbors to the east have suffered. Who’s next? Maybe ... as rain started Saturday here and hasn’t ended .. yet. This so-called summer, with its way-above-normal rainfall, suggests that ...

Thanks to working Americans

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods ...

Mold in schools: What lessons are being learned?

We believe it’s safe to say area public school districts are learning a lesson from the overly wet summer. Schools all over Pennsylvania have delayed the start of school or suspended classes because of excess moisture causing mold. The latest in our area is Keystone Central, where ...

Deal with your stuff

Labor Day Weekend gives Americans across the country a three-day weekend to rest, travel and celebrate our freedom to labor. Our jobs increased by two million people in 2017 and have continued to climb in 2018. Hourly wages have seen gains and the stock market has seen twenty months of ...