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Monuments should never be closed to veterans

November 12, 2013 Sometimes, our elected and appointed government officials just do not think. It happened just a few weeks ago, during the so-called “government shutdown. more »»

Going overboard for voter equality ensures fairness

November 11, 2013 First-time voters had to present identification proof in order to vote in Tuesday's General Election. As far as we can tell, no one was disadvantaged by the procedure. more »»

Any community must declare war on heroin to beat it

November 8, 2013 Anyone who doesn’t think the intensified presence of heroin and other drugs in our area doesn’t present a chilling threat to our population needs to reread what the Rev. Ronald S. more »»

General Assembly intent on expanding gambling to taverns

November 7, 2013 Our illustrious state Legislature wants to expand gambling via raffles and small games of chance to for-profit taverns and bar. more »»

Latest coal claim just is not true

November 6, 2013 Those who hate the coal industry, and by extension the reasonably-priced electricity it generates for tens of millions of Americans, never tire of inventing new arguments for why every mine in the U. more »»

Black lung again threatening miners

November 5, 2013 Black lung, known in the scientific community as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, was back in the news last wee. more »»

Local representation at the heart of Tuesday’s election

November 4, 2013 Tuesday marks a classic "off year" election. There's no presidency at stake. There's no governor's chair at stake. more »»

Consider an additional trip on Amtrak train

November 1, 2013 While the prospect might now seem remote for a second Amtrak daily passenger train between central Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, it's too soon for proponents of the additional travel resource to... more »»

Hysteria over guns is well past absurd

October 31, 2013 Action by the Arlington Local School District in Hancock County, Ohio, may make reasonable people wonder where anti-gun hysteria will end. more »»

Will prevailing wage law hold up transportation bill?

October 30, 2013 A rare meeting of state House and Senate leaders recently was a signal that the Legislature is getting close to approving a transportation bill to improve Pennsylvania's hurting road and bridge... more »»

Obama does not want to hit brakes on health plan

October 29, 2013 The new national health insurance law, Obamacare, has become something like a runaway locomotive — doing an enormous amount of damage but with no one willing to ease off on the throttle. more »»

Prevailing wage shouldn’t hold up transportation bill

October 28, 2013 A rare meeting of state House and Senate leaders Tuesday was a signal that the Legislature is getting close to approving a transportation bill to improve Pennsylvania's hurting road and bridge system. more »»

EPA will do more harm than good

October 26, 2013 Already U.S. Supreme Court justices have ruled that President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to shut down coal-fired power plants. more »»

Property tax changes: Debate with caution

October 25, 2013 We are pretty confident that almost every property owner in the region believes their property taxes are much too high. That's mostly due to high school property taxe. more »»

Where does the buck stop in Washington?

October 24, 2013 Former president Harry Truman was famous for insisting that anything that went wrong in federal government was his responsibility. “The buck stops here,” he realized. more »»

Many questions yet to be answered about Obamacare

October 23, 2013 Don’t give up on the Obamacare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged Ohioans during a visit to the state last week. more »»

It’s not what we call a ‘clean’ law

October 22, 2013 After weeks of demanding a “clean” federal spending bill, President Barack Obama and liberals in Congress last week agreed to one loaded with billions of dollars in special interest spending. more »»

Raising the limit limit

October 19, 2013 We drive the interstates frequently. There are sections, for example, of Interstate 81 where, as soon as you enter the highway from the on-ramp, you feel like you're in a NASCAR race. more »»

Economic growth the bright spot of Corbett's tenure

October 18, 2013 In many political circles, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is viewed as vulnerable in next year's electio. more »»

Political signs should be left alone

October 17, 2013 Seeing the number of political yard signs increase is one of the surest signs — pun fully intended — that an election is nearing. This year is no different. more »»



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