Their view: Even the NRA sees a problem with bump stocks

We’re relieved congressional Republicans appear ready to consider a limited form of gun control: banning the bump stock, the rapid-firing device used in the Las Vegas massacre. We’re stunned the National Rifle Association seems to agree. What a significant moment this could be, in the wake of a horrendous criminal act, for the national conversation […]

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Our view: Don’ t miss out on the best show of the season

It’s time for Pennsylvania’s perennial parade of the autumnal pallet, the Keystone cavalcade of colors, the fabulous fiesta of fall foliage. Get out your maps and gas up the car, or pump up the bicycle tires, or lace up the walking shoes — or all three — and get ready to get outside as often […]

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Our view: A fitting tribute for cycling enthusiast

Diamonds to Leigh Pawling and everyone at Wet Paint in Wilkes-Barre for memorializing the late bicycle business man Tom Jones. Pawling painted a picture of Jones onto the side of the Wet Paint building, where he joined a group of two dimensional cyclist forever on the road in a sweeping mural. This space paid homage […]

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Their view: The Iran nuclear deal is working. No need for Trump’s touch.

President Donald Trump has a penchant for speaking to international audiences as if he’s addressing a campaign rally. He has boasted in phone calls to world leaders about the size of his adoring crowds and how big his Electoral College victory margin was. No surprise, then, that his speech before the U.N. General Assembly last […]

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Our view: At long last, school funding heads to court

To be blunt, it’s about time. There is a scene in the musical 1776, when the Continental Congress is voting on whether or not to debate independence. Road Island representative Stephen Hopkins, played with crusty glee in the movie by Roy Poole, comes back from “the privy” to find the vote deadlocked, with his choice […]

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Our view: Dallas parents deserving of diamonds

Diamonds to Dallas School District parents for making their own voices heard in the bitter battle for a teachers contract. As teachers picketed nearby in the latest strike, more than 30 parents created their own “picket line” outside the district administration office Friday morning calling for compromise from the school board and the teachers union, […]

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Their view: The flag and anthem represent civil rights

The American flag and national anthem were sacred symbols of hope for pioneering black civil rights leaders who fought for racial justice. Five months before giving his patriotic “I Have a Dream” speech in August 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. led marchers 54 miles from Selma, Ala., to the state capitol in Montgomery. The march […]

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Our view: Diversity is what made country great

We as a nation have succeeded in very large part because our forefathers threw away much of the culture and orthodoxy of the countries from which they came, and because we have always been one of the most forward-thinking societies the planet has ever seen. We may deem history as important and use it to […]

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Our view: Update law dealing with teacher strikes

As Dallas School District teachers launch their first strike of this year and second of this contract impasse, one obvious idea bears revisiting:Should public school teachers be legally barred from walking the picket line. The short answer is maybe. As noted in the space previously, one proposal in Harrisburg — the strike free education act […]

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Our view: Congratulations to 911 center on accreditation

Diamonds to the Luzerne County 911 emergency call center for obtaining Association for Public Safety Communications Officials accreditation for its staff training and education program, something only achieved by five other centers in the state and 72 nationally. As a fatal 2014 incident of incorrect dispatch showed, the center has lacked consistent and effective training […]

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