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Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad as compiled by The Associated Press:

Speed limit ignored

The speed limit on Interstates 70 and 79 near Washington is 55 mph, and for good reason. Particularly at the junctions, where entrance and exit ramps were constructed with the low traffic volume of 50 years ago in mind, excessive speed has caused many to lose their lives. Yet, no one observes the...

Social conservatism and electoral success

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the (Republican) party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are...

Take advantage of the reform mood, eliminate per diems

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising in a state that still assiduously maintains a Prohibition-era stranglehold on wine and liquor sales, but it’s only been in the last few weeks that Pennsylvania lawmakers have realized that, heavens to Betsy, they shouldn’t be accepting cash...

Stabilizing neighborhoods, strengthening communities

When orange, yellow or red papers are affixed to front windows and weeds are creeping up to knee level in the yard, that’s usually a telltale sign a home was foreclosed.

Heeding what Jefferson had to say

Most of the world knows a great deal about the United States, given the outsize role we have across the planet, but it’s often been noted that we know all too little about other places.

Fewer empty bowls in Greene County

The Empty Bowls Greene County luncheon last weekend highlighted a stark reality – some kids in Greene County may not be getting enough food to eat when they are away from school.

Rejoicing and concern after school stabbing

Another year, another school, another spasm of violence.


Letters

The suburbs not the answer?

While it might not be politically correct to ask the following question during this time of healing, but I think it is necessary to avoid further murders and harm to the innocent: How many young people like Alex Hribal, the stabbing suspect in last week’s incident at Franklin Regional High...

No winners or losers among Monongahela Catholics

On March 22, Bishop David Zubik celebrated Mass at Saint Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela. At the end of Mass, he informed parishioners of his decision concerning the future of the parish and the reasons for it.

Wolf for governor? Really?

I had a few questions after reading the story, “Bank loan helped $10M Wolf contribution,” in the April 5 edition of the Observer-Reporter.

Eliminate smoking in casinos

I was delighted to learn that Republican state senators Stewart Greenleaf and Mario Scavello have proposed eliminating the ludicrous exemption in the Clean Indoor Act which enables casinos to allow smoking throughout as much as 50 percent of their gambling floors, though the reasonable person knows...

Residents want an end to violence

I would like to commend Washington’s mayor Brenda Davis, the city’s police department and all other law enforcement agencies for the difficult hours of work which they have put forth in the investigation of the March 31 shooting death of Ta’Naiyah Thomas.

Old Testament or New Testament?

A Thursday letter from John and Nancy Miller regarding the shooting at Fort Hood argues we have abandoned our Christian roots and should blame ourselves for these incidents because of the “evil within ourselves.” The answer proposed was to return to the God of the Bible.

Too much time dedicated to sports

The Wednesday poll question asked what was more important to high school students, sports or arts. My opinion is t while both are nice, if they take time away from core subjects or study time then both should be removed.

Real evil in us, not gun

After another mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, the media will likely talk about post-traumatic stress disorder, adequate mental health care for our military and gun control to affix blame.


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