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Police chases and the Constitution – lately

January 17, 2016 It seems as though there have been more civil rights cases resulting from police chase. more »»

I have a dream

January 17, 2016 As a kid in middle school I watched the Eyes on the Prize documentary of the Civil Rights Movement and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. immediately became a lifelong hero of mine. more »»

Brokered convention: Why, and what it might mean

January 17, 2016 It's the dream of every political junkie and the nightmare of every presidential campaign: a “brokered “convention that forces the nomination fight beyond the first ballo. more »»

Pressure off, state’s budget fight could be on ice

January 12, 2016 HARRISBURG — For the first time since July, billions in electronic money transfers began rocketing out of the Pennsylvania Treasury to school districts, county governments and state vendor. more »»

Partial budget good news for schools – temporarily

January 10, 2016 HARRISBURG — The partial state budget Gov. more »»

State budget hostages finally freed?

January 10, 2016 Last week, public school students — or, at least, their parents — breathed a sigh of relief as Governor Wolf finally released state education funds withheld during the six-month budget impasse. more »»

Self-worth, not stuff, should be welfare’s goal

January 3, 2016 The classic holiday film A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) highlights the tension between holiday materialism and true happiness that's seen nearly everywhere this time of year. more »»

The Susquehanna River needs your help

January 3, 2016 The Susquehanna has been a friend and great company for many of us who have enjoyed the river over the years. more »»

What is Democracy?

December 27, 2015 Restraint is the father of wisdom. It has been very tempting to weigh in on the Montoursville Area High School dispute, given my role in representing the Option 6 candidates for a time. more »»

Why take the Trump stunt seriously?

December 21, 2015 WASHINGTON — So how exactly does this work, Donald Trump’s plan to keep America safe from Islamic terrorism by barring entry to all Muslims? He explained it Tuesday on TV. more »»

GOP debate number five

December 21, 2015 Each of the Republican presidential candidates brings something good to the race for the GOP nomination and some things not so good. more »»

Bad news for Pennsylvania cities

December 20, 2015 There was mostly bad news for Commonwealth cities in a new research brief recently released by the Pennsylvania Data Center. more »»

Scared? Blame it entirely on all Muslims

December 20, 2015 Remember how in grade school everyone would get punished because one kid acted out? Blaming a group for what some of its individual members do is exactly like that. It is uncalled for and unfai. more »»

Waging war outside the box

December 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — Americans looking for a Snuggy Bear and a blankey to ease their anxieties about the Islamic State will have to become more comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty. more »»

A Churchill-like moment

December 19, 2015 LONDON — Wisdom can often be found in unexpected places. During debate in the House of Commons on whether Britain should join the U.S. more »»

Crisis budgeting disservice to Pennsylvanians

December 17, 2015 Some crises come without warning; others are created. By vetoing budget after budget, denying funds to schools and nonprofits, and withholding scholarships for low-income students, Go. more »»

The matters of 2016

December 13, 2015 Predicating what will happen in the 2016 election cycle looks like a fool’s errand. Virtually every expert has been wrong so far. more »»

What the GOP really lost in 2015

December 6, 2015 Much attention has focused on the Democrats historic sweep of Pennsylvania’s judicial offices in November’s recent statewide election – in particular the unprecedented victories in three open... more »»

‘Radical islamists? Extreme jihadists?’ or ‘extreme terrorists?’

December 6, 2015 The opening lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin's 1937 hit song go like this: "You say 'tomayto.' I say 'tomahto.' Let's call the whole thing off. more »»

State budget fight’s bottom line, as usual — taxes

December 1, 2015 HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is now five months into a budget impasse with taxes the main sticking point — a scenario familiar to anyone who’s tried to understand the Byzantine motives that drive... more »»



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