Editorial: The Supreme Court made the wrong call on public aid for religious schools

The Supreme Court on Tuesday needlessly poked a hole in Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation between church and state.” By a 5-4 vote, the court ruled in a case from Montana that if a state provides a tax break that benefits students at a secular private school, it must include private religious schools as well. The decision is doubly disappointing.

Commentary: Governors must protect the health workers who protect us

The federal government’s response to COVID-19 has been haphazard, mismanaged and ultimately deadly. Yet the Trump administration is trumpeting the country’s “success” against the pandemic, with the vice president recently declaring that the U.S. response to COVID-19 is “cause for celebration.”

Editorial: Contact tracing’s slow start gives coronavirus time to get ahead

The surge in new COVID-19 case numbers in the Sunbelt and the West is so alarming that New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut now require visitors from “hot spot” states to self-quarantine. As the Philadelphia region reopens, the long-promised expansion of contact tracing — an essential tool to control person-to-person transmission — is just getting started. And as is true with testing, the amount of contact tracing underway is nowhere near what’s necessary to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Editorial: It’s going to be a Clark Griswold kind of summer

If Americans took our national parks for granted before, they probably don’t anymore. Long weeks in COVID-19 lockdown, it turns out, have a way of renewing your appreciation for outdoor adventure. And with air travel and resort vacations in a holding pattern, many more families will be taking road trips this summer, Griswold family style (minus, hopefully, the unfortunate death of Aunt Edna).

Editorial: High court’s ruling recognizing LGBTQ rights should extend across much more than the workplace

It’s been a week since the Supreme Court handed down a powerful and important decision recognizing protections for the civil rights of Americans regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or other status not previously recognized. What we’ve seen in that week is commentary criticizing the decision and commentary supportive of it. But what has been lacking is a full assessment of the logic that powered the decision and will likely now drive other needed changes.

Editorial: Congress needs to prevent a flight from college

The coronavirus outbreak forced students at colleges across the U.S. to finish the spring semester at home. As Congress considers additional relief for higher education, lawmakers should focus on helping students at greatest risk of abandoning their studies altogether.

Editorial: Hong Kong demands democracy

China has decided to end any semblance of self-government for the city of Hong Kong. The mainland government could no longer tolerate either the protests against Chinese suppression of democracy on the island or a local legislature that sometimes bucked directives from the central authority in Beijing.

Editorial: The Supreme Court got it right: Discrimination against gays is sex discrimination

Even after the Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry, gays and lesbians in many states could be wed one day and fired on the next because of their sexual orientation. The court rectified that lingering injustice Monday when it held that not only gay but also transgender employees are protected by a landmark federal law against discrimination.

Editorial: Pandemic far from over in nursing homes

As the coronavirus exacts a grim toll among nursing home residents and employees in experts warn that any slowdown in the pandemic’s spread will not lessen the likelihood of a second wave of infections. Nursing homes and public health agencies were ill-prepared for a pathogen that has claimed 26,000 lives in these facilities nationwide.