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Monessen election meltdown signals a broader lesson

What a sorry mess in Monessen. A routine municipal election in an off year descended into confusion last week and ultimately led to a judge’s order to sequester absentee ballots simply because the law was not followed. Therein lies a broader lesson, unfortunately rendered at the ...

Congress should further probe Hillary

How do they do it? I am not the first to compare the Clintons to Harry Houdini, the great magician and escape artist, but Bill and Hillary make him look like a rank amateur. No law seems to touch them. No regulation seems to control them. No prosecutor wants to take the risk of holding either ...

Bill would help promote safety

The gunmen behind some of the deadliest mass killings in U.S. history typically have one common denominator: a history of domestic violence. There is an obvious link between mass shootings and domestic violence. A study last year by Everytown for Gun Violence, which used FBI data and media ...

Every day is Veterans Day at Van Zandt

On Saturday, Nov. 11, we pause to honor more than 20 million living veterans who answered a nation’s call. For more than 241 years of independence, patriots like them have stood watch over our liberty. Veterans’ sacrifices have given us the security and freedom in which to grow and ...

‘We can all serve our country’

I see the face of war, the one who went for me; the soldier, sailor, airman, the one who served for me. The flash of exploding bombs, the crack of guns, the terrible screams of pain. Most of us experience military service only through the eyes, ears, and efforts of others — our father, ...

A poem for Veterans Day

Before her stands a strong young man, courageous, showing no fear; The journey awaits him like no other, his loyalty abundantly clear; He glances back one last time, as he treads into the unknown; A choice he’s made against her wishes; my boy, he’s hardly grown; She will wait with ...

Are we moving toward a private military?

We’ve fought in Afghanistan for 16 years now. Are we making progress? After 9/11, we invaded, overthrew the Taliban, killed Osama Bin Laden and — stayed. Afghanistan is now America’s longest war, ever. President Donald Trump’s solution? He’ll send several thousand more ...

‘I’m 101 and still faithful to the flag’

The U.S. Marine Corps has a famous monument near Washington, D.C., of the flag-raising on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific during World War II. Another flag-raising of WWII is not as well remembered: the one on Corregidor Island in the Philippine Islands. In the spring of 1942, the ...

Shale key part of the state’s future

By David Spigelmyer Pennsylvania is blessed with abundant natural resources. For more than 200 years, our coal, timber, oil and natural gas have been the raw materials that have built our nation. Today, thanks to our abundance natural gas resources, we have another generational opportunity ...

Let’s not discount nuclear power

What is an ideal energy source for electricity production? Students in my class say the ideal source must be plentiful, sustainable, inexpensive, reliable, safe, and produced right here in the United States thereby providing jobs. While no single source is perfect, nuclear power checks many ...

Don’t sell Jefferson’s legacy short

The recent debasement of statues of historical figures leads me to suggest that we judge their lives by standards of their own time as well as our own. In that regard, I stand to defend Mr. Thomas Jefferson. Immediately, I will stipulate that Jefferson inherited slaves and took a young ...

Gun control methods not working

The mind boggles at the horror of Las Vegas, where Stephen Paddock perched himself in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay and sprayed bullets into a crowd of outdoor concertgoers in the worst mass shooting in American history. If this slaughter of innocents were an act perpetrated by a ...

Lack of respect for humanity troubling

Before I started attending Kent State in the fall of 1975, I was a kid living in small-town Ashtabula, Ohio, on the northern edge of a county by the same name, which had lost 26 servicemen in the Vietnam War. Our state total was 3,094, ranking us fifth in casualties. I don’t remember ...

Feeling disabled by our government

A third threat to free speech at University of California, Berkeley has led to more censorship than political rioters or college administrators. It’s the Americans with Disabilities Act. Berkeley is expensive. Out of state students must pay $60,000 a year. But for five years, Berkeley ...

Ex-offenders need help coming home

The debt many prison inmates pay to society isn’t the end of the price tab for their crimes. They return to the community bearing the stigma of conviction, which makes it difficult to secure gainful employment and even housing. And a good many have deficits in job and life skills that make ...

College is not a day care

Our college-age population consists mostly of 18- to 30-year-olds, and likewise our armed forces. I wonder whether they shared common responses to the 2016 presidential election. Many college administrators provided students with therapy dogs, play dough, coloring books, bubbles, videos of ...

All is not forgiven, Sean Spicer

On his first full day as president, Donald Trump showed up at the CIA, described journalists as “among the most dishonest human beings on earth” and accused them of making up stuff about him. He blamed journalists for a perceived rift between him and the intelligence agencies — failing ...

Gas-drilling influence deep in Harrisburg

The most visible sign of the gas-drilling industry’s profound influence over state policy is the Legislature’s refusal to impose a fair extraction tax on the industry even as the state government faces a $2.2 billion deficit. But a piece of the revenue bill passed July 27 by the Senate ...

‘Old Glory’ deserves a lot better

Old Glory is almost certainly the most honored flag in the world. The late political scientist Samuel Huntington marveled at its place in our national life: We pledge allegiance to it. The national anthem celebrates it. An incredibly elaborate code stipulates how it is to be displayed, ...

‘Equitable relief’ deadline draws near

From the time she was a teenager waiting tables at the local pancake house, Shirley always worked. Later in life, she managed some pretty impressive restaurants. Since the benefits were not always great, Shirley relied on the medical insurance provided by the trucking company for which her ...