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Nation of Refuge

November 22, 2015 Lately on Facebook there have been postings about the famous poem of Emma Lazarus, a portion of which can be found at the Statue of Liberty. more »»

Why is funding liquor stores essential, but not child protection?

November 22, 2015 Amid all the political posturing and the hard lines drawn, there has been a complete absence of logic regarding funding for child protection in Pennsylvania during the current budget impasse. more »»

$2B question has no answer in budget deal

November 17, 2015 HARRISBURG — It is the $2 billion question: Which Pennsylvania homeowners will get the biggest benefit from a higher state sales tax? Gov. more »»

State budget hope on the horizon?

November 17, 2015 After nearly five months of gridlock, a new state budget framework was announced this week. more »»

Supreme Court likely to see changes after Dem sweep

November 15, 2015 HARRISBURG — The results from Tuesday’s state Supreme Court elections were barely in when triumphant Democrats began talking about what the court’s new 5-2 majority will mean for them, including a... more »»

Congressional term limits: A popular political placebo

November 15, 2015 Many citizens of different political persuasions think that the goal of a better-functioning, more responsive government can be achieved through congressional term limits. more »»

State must protect owners from unreasonable forfeiture

November 8, 2015 Carol Johnson* of North Philadelphia, 87 years old, carefully saved $2,000 from her pension checks, storing the money in an upstairs bedroom. more »»

The teaching of hatred

November 8, 2015 The news is full of stories of innocent Israelis being stabbed, shot and run over by enraged Arabs throughout Israel. more »»

Dems first on TV in Supreme Court campaign

November 1, 2015 HARRISBURG — Campaign ads in the multimillion-dollar race for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court won’t get any more polite than these. more »»

For Latinos, education is key to American Dream

November 1, 2015 For many Latino-Americans, the phrase “the American Dream” conjures images of apple pie and béisbol, of education, prosperity, and familia. more »»

Specter of school shutdown haunts state budget fight

October 25, 2015 HARRISBURG — As Pennsylvania’s state budget stalemate drags through a fourth month, the talk of the Capitol has drifted to when the first school district could run out of cash and shut its doors. more »»

‘Climate Change Denier’...exactly the correct term

October 25, 2015 There are many people, especially in the United States, who reject the findings of virtually the entire peer-reviewed scientific community worldwide that unaddressed man-made climate change will... more »»

Tax hikes: Wolf's white whale

October 18, 2015 Have a spare $1,000 lying around? If so, you'd probably make a mortgage payment or buy several weeks of groceries. You might even sock it away in your 401(k) or kid's college fund. more »»

Making healthcare work better for patients, communities through partnerships

October 18, 2015 One of the most rewarding moments for me as a CEO is when I hear stories about how our work makes a difference in the lives of our patient. more »»

State budget train wreck unfolded over past year

October 15, 2015 HARRISBURG — The utter breakdown in state budget negotiations in Pennsylvania didn’t happen overnight, but was produced by diametrically opposed policy positions and fueled by tough rhetoric among... more »»

Making ‘Sunshine Week’ every week

October 11, 2015 The Tenth “Sunshine Week” ended about six months ago, on March 21. This annual celebration of open government was created by the American Society of News Editors with a grant from the John L. more »»

Can the U.S. stock market benefit from world economic turmoil?

October 11, 2015 A year ago, I wrote a blog entry that raised this question: "Is the U.. more »»

Is Wolf’s version of government one that works?

October 4, 2015 Recently, Governor Wolf revved up his Jeep and resumed his “Government that Works” tour in Lancaster. more »»

Looking forward to end of domestic violence while marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 4, 2015 A safe place to lay our heads at night. A lifetime free from abuse at the hands of our significant other. Many of us can take these things for granted. more »»

Wolf hopes moratorium leads to death-penalty reforms

September 27, 2015 HARRISBURG — Despite the legal and political uproar over Gov. Tom Wolf’s 7-month-old moratorium on executions, change comes slowly on Pennsylvania’s death ro. more »»

Two factors may move state presidential primary to earlier date

September 27, 2015 The state of Pennsylvania has an official motto, and it’s a fine one: “Virtue, Liberty, and Independence.” Alas, the state Legislature still lacks one. Fortunately, there is still time to fix that. more »»



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