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Trump temperamentally unqualified to be president

August 23, 2015 Many people think of the United States as a Christian nation. A de facto truly Christian nation would have the love of God and of others as its highest priority and distinguishing characteristic. more »»

 
 
 
Borrowing ‘dumb’ ideas for pension reform

August 22, 2015 Would you take out a second mortgage on your home to bet on the stock market? Such an idea deserves ridicule – if not alarm. You'd be putting your home and your family at risk. more »»

Gov. Wolf – politics before people

August 22, 2015 Like many of my colleagues in the Pennsylvania Senate, I was deeply disappointed that Governor Wolf chose to veto a $30. more »»

Pennsylvania’s expatriate presidential candidates

August 16, 2015 It’s a mystery! How does a state long a political colossus in presidential politics fail so dismally, election after election to produce presidential aspirants? Pennsylvania’s first, only, and maybe... more »»

The truth is lacking on Wolf’s ‘Schools That Teach’ tour

August 16, 2015 For the past month, Gov. Tom Wolf has been holding press conferences at empty school buildings across the state. more »»

Social service agencies brace for budget stalemate damage

August 11, 2015 HARRISBURG — For the third time in a dozen years, counties and nonprofit agencies that make up Pennsylvania’s social services safety net are girding to pay the price of partisan deadlock in... more »»

The tragedy of Kathleen Kane

August 11, 2015 What to think about the precipitous fall of Attorney General Kathleen Kane - one the New York Times has labeled “the swiftest and steepest in memory, even in a state where corruption in politics is... more »»

Will Pennsylvania matter in 2016?

August 9, 2015 t’s been a long 40 years! Not since 1976 has Pennsylvania really mattered in a presidential primary for either major party. more »»

The Iran Quandry

August 9, 2015 Phillip Roth wrote in The Plot Against America a fictional account of anti-Semitism in America during the run-up to World War II. more »»

Don’t kill Pennsylvania shale jobs with taxes

August 4, 2015 A July 19 Forum article by Carnegie Mellon University academics ("Put Kids First, not Gas Companies") missed important points regarding the region's shale industry and the impact that even-higher... more »»

Budget stalemate leaves Wolf’s record so far incomplete

August 2, 2015 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. more »»

Pennsylvania's death penalty lingers on Harrisburg is ignoring the biggest budget buster

August 2, 2015 Today it's pensions, liquor privatization and educational funding. more »»

Budget standoff a clash of conflicting philosophies

July 28, 2015 Some important points seem to be lost in the debate over Pennsylvania's budget standoff. more »»

GOP ‘majority of majority’ rule could test budget deal

July 26, 2015 HARRISBURG — In one of Pennsylvania’s defining legislative battles this century, then-Gov. more »»

It might be Katie’s time for U.S. Senate seat bid

July 26, 2015 If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The jury is still out on that old chestnut and may continue to be out indefinitel. more »»

Time to get serious about state budget

July 19, 2015 HARRISBURG — It’s almost time to get serious at the Pennsylvania Capitol. more »»

Harrisburg is ignoring the biggest budget buster

July 19, 2015 Pop quiz: What’s the largest spending increase in Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal? You might assume education, as the governor has repeatedly insisted the state must reinvest in public schools. more »»

Wolf’s ‘My Way or the Highway’ approach blocks progress

July 12, 2015 In his 2015 budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf urged dissenters, "If you don't agree with my ideas, here is my request: please come with your own ideas. more »»

Budget veto aided GOP legislative wins, some say

July 12, 2015 HARRISBURG — After three years of futility, Republicans finally used their majorities in Pennsylvania’s state House and Senate to pass their top agenda items: ending the traditional pension benefit... more »»

Community colleges deserve more funding support

July 5, 2015 Earlier this year, President Obama introduced a plan “to make community college as free and universal as high school. more »»

House passes a budget that makes sense for state

July 5, 2015 Recently, the General Assembly of Pennsylvania passed a General Fund budget which fully meets the many responsibilities of our state government without raising taxes on the working people and... more »»

 
 
 

 

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August 19, 2015 My morning drive to work was bittersweet. While it was a lovely day with little traffic snarls, I approached one of the saddest, most dreaded sights. more »

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