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Obama’s ‘open government’ has been anything but

March 20, 2015 Early in his presidency, Barack Obama pledged it would “usher in a new era of open government.” His administration has done just the opposite. Government is more secretive than ever. more »»

Sunshine Week is about keeping our government out of the shadows

March 19, 2015 Back in 2002, some members of the Florida Legislature apparently decided that the good folks who elected them were getting a bit too nosy about what was going on in the state capito. more »»

Outsider needs to be appointed to clean up Secret Service mess

March 18, 2015 After a string of scandals and failures involving the agency’s key duty of protecting the president and first family, President Barack Obama was urged to appoint an outsider to head the Secret... more »»

Officials that keep secrets often have something to hide

March 17, 2015 Most Americans are not old enough to remember the ongoing, intense controversy over what happened to 18 1/2 minutes of tapes secretly recorded in then-President Richard Nixon’s office in 197. more »»

House resolution looks to improve Postal Service

March 16, 2015 Reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with changes made by the U.S.?Postal Service during the past few years, U.S. Rep. more »»

Fight against extremists can’t be limited to Islamic State

March 14, 2015 In what counts — displays of pure evil — there is no difference between Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Libya and their cousins with Boko Haram in Nigeria. more »»

Racism still exists despite great progress in America

March 13, 2015 Just days ago, Americans had reason to celebrate the virtual destruction of institutionalized racism in our country. more »»

Rental ordinance: Good intentions, bad approach

March 12, 2015 The rental properties ordinance passed Monday by Lewistown Borough Council is one filled with good intentions. But as the saying goes, the road to a pretty undesirable place is paved with those. more »»

Hillary Clinton’s deception is what has kept Benghazi probe alive

March 11, 2015 Liberal critics of a continuing investigation of the Sept. more »»

Tough questions need to be asked of any nuclear deal with Iran

March 10, 2015 Reaction by President Barack Obama and some other liberals to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning about Iran’s weapons buildup was curious, to say the leas. more »»

Balancing priorities essential to stance on Middle East

March 9, 2015 As the fallout from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial speech before Congress on Tuesday rages on, one observation will remain cemented in fact. more »»

Newspaper tax would do more harm than good

March 7, 2015 While unveiling his plan for the budget earlier this week, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his priorities include seeking to expand the number of goods and services that would be subject to state sales tax. more »»

Hillary deserves something other than the presidency

March 6, 2015 Why not smoke signals or carrier pigeons? How about secret code or self-destructing memos? Would any of that have been any less traceable, transparent or taboo than the personal email account Hillar... more »»

White House values educational conformity more than quality

March 5, 2015 President Barack Obama has made it clear he is less interested in Americans doing things better than in doing them his way. That needs to stop, especially in regard to public schools. more »»

Fairness is a two-way street

March 4, 2015 There are understandable mixed opinions about whether Pennsylvania welfare recipients should lose benefits if they win a significant lottery prize. more »»

Most Democrats’ hard line blocks common-sense Keystone XL pipeline

March 3, 2015 President Barack Obama can provide no scientifically based specific reason for vetoing a bill to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline — but he has killed the measure anywa. more »»

Ebola aid could serve as an olive branch

March 2, 2015 President Barack Obama has made it clear he believes the route to peace in our time leads through a campaign of making people in other nations like Americans. more »»

Why won’t White House provide aid to our Middle Eastern allies?

February 28, 2015 Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq — with several dozen American volunteers fighting alongside them — have scored notable successes against Islamic State terrorists. more »»

Obama is the one who is unwilling to compromise

February 27, 2015 President Barack Obama blames Republicans for gridlock in government. They just won’t compromise, he claims. more »»

Fighting Penn State instead of cancer is ‘pitiful’

February 26, 2015 By now, you’ve no doubt heard THON, the annual Penn State student-run 46-hour dance marathon to raise money to help fight pediatric cancer, raised more than $13 million this year alone, an... more »»



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