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Can’t wait for my Cuban cigars

December 28, 2014 My grandfather was a socialist, and my father a right-wing Republican; but one thing they agreed upon was the need for Cuban cigars. more »»

We get the government that we deserve

December 28, 2014 Recently Congress passed a $1.01 trillion spending package -- less than 72 hours after the 1,603-page bill was released and less than three hours before government funding was set to expire. more »»

Are there no media ethics on hackers?

December 27, 2014 The widespread reporting on hacked emails from Sony Pictures — spurred by the upcoming release of an allegedly funny movie about assassinating North Korean despot Kim Jong Un — might encourage some... more »»

Rules of war need updating

December 27, 2014 The attack on a cafe in Sydney, Australia, by a self-described Islamic cleric with a long police record, left two hostages dead, along with the cleric, one Man Haron Monis. more »»

Talk about a wildfire

December 26, 2014 WASHINGTON — First there’s the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie. Call it “Moonlight Fire,” and prepare to suspend disbelief. more »»

The Democrats’ wasteful torture report

December 26, 2014 The recent release of a Senate report commissioned by Democrats regarding torture of terrorism suspects in order to obtain vital information was a waste of $40 million of taxpayer money. more »»

New lawmakers: Fresh eyes on state problems

December 25, 2014 HARRISBURG — Twenty-eight are Republicans, five are Democrats. Six are women. And once they’re sworn in next month, all of them will get a vote in the Pennsylvania Legislature. more »»

Tortured reasoning

December 25, 2014 Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture. more »»

The age of Tom Wolf

December 21, 2014 It’s not often that someone’s greatest wish and worst nightmare occur at the same time, but for Governor-elect Tom Wolf both are fated to occur the same day, hour and minute. more »»

Heroin use in state rises while local police resources fall

December 21, 2014 The statewide surge in heroin abuse is terrifying and shows no signs of stopping, while at the same time a growing number of municipalities are finding it harder to fund an adequate level of police... more »»

A Christmas gift to be cherished every day of our lives!

December 21, 2014 Do we really stop to think about how blessed we are to be free? We have all heard of the national anthem [Star Spangled Banner] penned by Francis Scott Key, but do you know the true story behind the... more »»

Work of secret prosecutor raises legal eyebrows

December 14, 2014 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Any day now, a grand jury could render an opinion on whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane or anyone in her office should face charges for allegedly breaching secrecy laws. more »»

Teachers’ unions: The common roadblock to reform

December 14, 2014 From Philadelphia to York to the Pittsburgh suburbs, parents and taxpayers are looking to improve public education without breaking the bank. more »»

Wolf faces big decisions on budget, policies

December 7, 2014 HARRISBURG — Democrat Tom Wolf had to make high-pressure decisions while running a business, serving as state revenue secretary and successfully campaigning for governo. more »»

Unions misuse members’ names, money for political gain

December 7, 2014 If someone used your name on an election mailer to solicit votes for a candidate without your consent, you’d probably feel betrayed. more »»

Thanksgiving, Christmas: Feel good time

December 7, 2014 It's "feel-good time:" the time of year when believers and unbelievers alike make a one-time generous gift so a poor family can have a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner or celebrate Christmas with... more »»

Top state officials’ salaries grow with inflation

November 30, 2014 HARRISBURG — No one at the state Capitol has advocated pay raises for hundreds of Pennsylvania’s top elected and appointed officials since the 2005 debacle that enraged voters and ultimately cost tw... more »»

Is the eight-year cycle dead?

November 30, 2014 Elections always leave some unfinished business. Tom Wolf’s historic win over incumbent Tom Corbett is no exception. Why Wolf won has been discussed widely and fully analyzed. more »»

GOP eyes window for action before Wolf takes over

November 23, 2014 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Legislature will be led by massive Republican majorities — including the biggest House GOP majority in more than 50 years — when Democratic Gov. more »»

For governor, death from a thousand cuts

November 23, 2014 The historic scope of Tom Corbett’s loss on Tuesday must be understood to place it in any meaningful perspective. more »»

 
 
 

 

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