Our Opinion: Politicians pander to elderly and ignore real reforms
Whenever we hear politicians propose plans to provide tax savings, we always have a question: How are they going to pay for it? And so it is with the latest gimmick coming out of Harrisburg in an election year.
Our Opinion: Pennsylvania’s politicians continue a shabby tradition
Remember the Bonusgate scandal? We sure do. A lot of state politicians, including several with ties to Lawrence County, wound up facing criminal charges in a long-running saga that went so far as to send two former state House speakers to jail.
Our Opinion: Did the CIA keep tabs on the legislative branch?
It’s hard to know what to make of claims the CIA spied on U.S. Senate staffers. That’s because the specifics of the allegations are hidden from public view.
Our Opinion: Public to get chance to comment on local project
A long-anticipated public hearing is finally scheduled for Lawrence County’s proposed casino. The May 8 hearing at the Mahoning Township Community Center in Hillsville will give citizens the opportunity to comment on the planned Lawrence Downs Casino.
Stolen passport revelation raises air concerns
Whenever a plane crashes under mysterious circumstances, suspicion quickly focuses on terrorism. And that’s the case with a Malaysian airliner that apparently went down in the South China Sea Saturday. Searchers have been looking for wreckage of the passenger jet with 239 people aboard, so far without results.
Our Opinion: College admission test undergoes real-world changes
In the realm of education, the Scholastic Aptitude Test has something of a make-or-break reputation. That’s because a student’s SAT results — or those of its counterpart, the ACT — are a major factor in the admissions decisions by colleges.
Our Opinion: Discovery of ancient virus raises concerns
In the 1951 science fiction classic “The Thing from Another World,” a spacecraft crashes in the arctic. A group of humans investigates and discovers an alien buried in ice. Once thawed, the alien poses a threat to the humans, who eventually destroy it.
Our Opinion: Some consumers pay price of changing power suppliers
Choice may be good, but an informed choice is even better. That’s the conclusion we draw from reports here in Lawrence County and elsewhere around Pennsylvania about some residents and businesses receiving electric bills that are substantially higher than normal.
Our Opinion: The West has decisions to make, and Russia may pay price
Let’s begin by acknowledging that the United States will not be sending troops to Ukraine. That country — despite an incursion by Russian troops — is not of vital strategic interest to America, and there is no treaty obligation to defend it.
Our Opinion: Giving Laurel teachers free tuition is inherently unfair
Whenever government hands out perks to its own, red flags are raised. And arguments that they cost taxpayers nothing can ring a little hollow.
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