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Unions would do well to learn from Dallas

And just like that the Dallas, Pa., teacher strike is over. Residents endured a month of acrimony, and Thursday’s negotiation session showed no promise. The union insisted it had presented a valid case, the district begged to differ. Along with repeating the claim that there isn’t ...

Dam safety is very important

Dams provide a vital service to our communities and economy, creating reservoirs for our water supply, protecting us from floods, and providing clean, renewable energy through hydropower, and serving as recreational facilities. But as our population grows and more people live below dams, ...

Will Trump defy Rubio and McCain?

When word leaked that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, a holder of the Order of Friendship award in Putin’s Russia, was Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, John McCain had this thoughtful response: “Vladimir Putin is a thug, a bully, and a murderer and anybody else who describes him ...

Love helps ease hate crimes

Today’s headlines seem full of horrible crimes — teenagers committing gruesome and senseless murders; a young California mother kidnapped off the street while jogging, then tortured for weeks and branded by her captors; a young father in Georgia convicted of deliberately leaving his toddler ...

Senate should handle Paris climate accord

.com Reports that President-elect Donald Trump is backtracking on his skepticism of man-made global warming and his criticism of the Paris climate accord are unfounded, insists his incoming chief of staff. Rather, “He’ll have an open mind about it,” says Reince Priebus. Good. He can ...

John Glenn stood, and rode, above

If you were old enough to tie your shoes Feb. 20, 1962, then you almost surely remember Marine Col. John H. Glenn Jr. entering the history books by becoming the first American to orbit the earth. During that flight, Americans, watching on their black-and-white television sets, held their ...

Seeing the party of workers

In the course of a couple of tweets, Donald Trump may have ended the image of the GOP as the party of corporate America. After striking a Carrier deal to preserve about 800 jobs, the president-elect slapped the Indiana company Rexnord on Twitter for “rather viciously firing” its workers ...

Retiree’s honesty raises hackles

Many of us have been told that honesty is the best policy and the truth will set you free. Michael Stuban applied those tenets to his exit survey when he retired from his midlevel manager position with the Pennsylvania Turnpike after 35 years of service. He noted that he liked his ...

Can we not take Trump literally?

It would make a perfect clickbait ad “Learn this one simple trick to stop worrying about Donald Trump and Make America Great Again.” What’s the trick? All you have to do is take Trump seriously, but not literally. Even the president-elect’s team has declared this a kind of Rosetta ...

A history of Electoral College

Recently there has been a great deal of discussion concerning the Electoral College and its relevance. To understand the reason this body was created, you need to look back in time and understand the circumstances surrounding the adoption of the Constitution and the form of government we have ...

Rounding up immigrants not cops’ job

America once was the place that offered refuge to the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, as the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty proclaims. No more. If his harsh rhetoric is to be believed — and there is no reason it shouldn’t be — President-elect ...

Bolton for secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering seriously several for the critical position of secretary of state. One, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has divided the Trump team between those who think it is a good idea and those who think Romney’s severe criticism of ...

Pearl Harbor Day tribute

The events of the past few minutes coursed through John Anderson’s mind like the hellish nightmare that it was. He had been assigned to set up chairs on the ship’s main deck for the Sunday morning worship service. His brother Jake and many others were still sound asleep below deck on a ...

‘America first’ Trump trade policy

Donald Trump’s election triumph is among the more astonishing in history. Yet if he wishes to become the father of a new “America First” majority party, he must make good on his solemn promise: To end the trade deficits that have bled our country of scores of thousands of factories, ...

Less agonizing, more organizing

Where was all this passion during the campaign? Now, opponents of Donald Trump are incensed and outraged. Students are walking out of classrooms and campuses. Two protest marches will descend on the capital in January. A meeting of liberal activists was “intense, angry and unforgiving,” ...

Keep Electoral College intact

During the recent presidential election the Electoral College was thrust to the fore. Some, including one long serving senator (Barbara Boxer, D-California), called for its repeal.  This view is ill informed and would destabilize the presidential election process. To review, the founding ...

‘Generational theft’ afflicts Pa.

Last June 30, the state legislature passed a spending bill of $31.6 billion that Gov. Tom Wolf, without signing, allowed to become law on July 10. On July 13, the Legislature passed a revenue package several hundred million dollars less than that spending number and that bill got the ...

Sanctuary cities show federal double standard

If you are a school district that refuses to allow students to use the restroom of their choosing, you could be in big trouble. Your federal funding could be reduced or eliminated. But if you are a city proclaiming to illegal immigrants that you will help them dodge federal law, no problem. ...

Pension crisis was self-inflicted

Fall carries with it football season, beautiful changing foliage and now annual attempts by parties within Pennsylvania’s Legislature to dismantle the statewide pension system. While officials place the blame on thousands of hard-working employees who have quietly paid into the fund for ...

Election system reflects voters’ will

Every four years Americans head to the polls to elect the leader of the free world — just as our forbearers have done for over 220 years — and state and local elections are held every single year. Voting is as American as apple pie, and the process has been refined and improved upon over ...