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Editorials

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Little Lillian Gobitas of Minersville didn't feel right about what she was forced to do. So she did something about it.

On Oct. 21, 1935, the 12-year-old declined to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance at her classroom in the Minersville School District.

Gobitas belonged to the Jehovah's Witnesses and refused compliance under religious objection. Lillian's brother William, fifth grade, did the same.

The school board called it an act of insubordination. The children were tossed out of school.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A new Gallup poll shows that residents of poorer states are more likely to reach into their pockets and give to charities than those in wealthier areas such as the New England states.

The report by Chronicle of Philanthropy, which analyzed tax returns filed by taxpayers who itemize their deductions, showed that Americans on average give about 3 percent of their income to charity each year.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Two weekends ago, Anthony Wunder, a fourth-year student at Ohio State, left his seat at Buckeye Stadium during a game against Cincinnati, got through a line of security and ran out onto the field.

Many feel he got what he deserved when, in front of 100,000 people, he was slammed down by Anthony Schlegel, an assistant strength coach and a former Buckeyes linebacker.

The hard take down went viral and quickly received 4.6 million views.

Monday, October 6, 2014

As a U. S. citizen, alleged sniper Eric Frein has a right to carry a gun.

But he doesn't have a right to lurk in the woods and murder a state policeman.

There's been more debate about gun control since the latest tragedy.

If Frein is responsible for the death of a cop and critical injury of another, then he alone is to blame.

If he's the culprit, as many believe, he and his mental condition are the cause of the tragedy - not the gun.

We have a mental health crisis that needs attention, and that should be our logical response.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Earlier this year, graduates at Rutgers University missed an opportunity to hear a commencement address by Condoleezza Rice, the former national security adviser (2001-2004) and Secretary of State (2005-2009) who is one of the most influential and intellectual black women of our lifetime.

Rice decided not to speak because of protests by some students and faculty members who felt that Ms. Rice, while working in the Bush administration, helped mislead the public about the reasons for the war in Iraq.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Finally, working men and women have gained a tax victory.

One day before it was to go into effect, Scranton's commuter tax was struck down by Philadelphia Judge John L. Braxton.

On Tuesday, Braxton filed his opinion and order in the controversial case that had commuters opposing city officials' plan to prop up the city's struggling municipal pension funds.

Scranton city officials wanted to impose a 0.75 percent wage tax on those who work in the city, but live elsewhere. The new tax would have raised and estimated $5.1 million in the first year of collection.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Women in the United Arab Emirates have seen remarkable advances, thanks to a constitution, which guarantees equality between men and women in areas of legal status and access to education.

Before 1960 there were few opportunities for women outside the realm of home and family but since the discovery of oil in the 1950s, their role has gradually expanded. A report from the United Nations Development Programme ranked the UAE 29th among 177 countries in the Gender Empowerment Measures, the best rating in the Arab world.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Crime is happening in every local community, but you wouldn't know it by reading the police logs in the newspaper.

That's because some police departments choose not to make public what should be public information.

By not giving residents information about burglaries, thefts, and other serious incidents, police chiefs and mayors give the false impression that the municipalities they serve are virtually crime-free.

It couldn't be farther from the truth.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Student handbooks are important in reinforcing the schoolwide code of conduct, rules and expectations for student behavior.

The mother of an eighth-grader, however, feels the school district went too far after her son received detention for giving up part of his lunch at an elementary school in northern California.

Kyle Bradford, 13, gave a friend some of his chicken burrito because the student didn't like the cheese sandwich being served in the cafeteria that day. Kyle explained he wasn't that hungry and instead decided to share.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Courthouses around the nation have "In God We Trust" on their walls and every U.S. denomination of bills has "In God we trust" on the reverse side.

Groups like Freedom From Religion Foundation would like to change that. It recently sent a threatening letter to Allegheny County because of a potential measure to display "In God We Trust" along with the Pennsylvania state motto of "Virtue, Liberty and Independence" and one of the currency mottos, "E Pluribus Unum."