Other Commentaries

Discord offers teaching moment

By Tom Foley This has been a contentious couple of weeks in American political life, heck, in American history — from violent protests in Charlottesville and Phoenix, to national and local debates about statuary in public squares from Richmond to Philadelphia. We have witnessed ...

Al Gore’s hype plain scaremongering

I was surprised to discover that Al Gore’s new movie begins with words from me. While icebergs melt dramatically, Gore plays a clip of me saying, “‘An Inconvenient Truth’ won him an Oscar, yet much of the movie is nonsense. ‘Sea levels may rise 20 feet’ — absurd.” He used this ...

A letter to Trump about racism

Dear Mr. President: After your initial remarks addressing the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, I wrote that you were correct. I agreed with you, and honest scrutiny of the facts of what occurred there that day bear out, that bigotry and violence were on display on “many ...

Is Afghanistan a bottomless pit?

President Donald Trump is not the first U.S. leader to pivot when it comes to foreign policy. His speech Monday night before American military personnel at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia, was in stark contrast to his campaign pledge to put “America first” and his promise to avoid ...

Time for new statues, remembrances

If your precious “Southern heritage” includes swastikas, you may as well quit reading right here. But odds are astronomically high that it doesn’t. The vast majority of Southerners are as repelled by those goons as everybody else. Rebel flags, in comparison, strike me as merely ...

Laws that subvert the rule of law

WASHINGTON — When John Adams wrote into Massachusetts’ Constitution a commitment to a “government of laws and not of men,” he probably assumed that the rule of law meant the rule of laws, no matter how many laws there might be. He could not have imagined the modern proliferation and ...

If we erase history, who are we?

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters last Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson. Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed ...

Grieving father: ‘It takes a village’

By Paul Johnson On June 3, 2016, my son Dennis Paul Johnson died of an overdose. He was addicted for at least 15 years. I tried everything I could to help my son recover. Major Richard Kuhl, former director at Salvation Army Adult Rehab Center, told me of the possibilities of many relapses ...

Index cap gains for inflation

President Donald Trump’s pledge to “Make America Great Again” requires nothing less than reigniting economic growth and prosperity. Wealth creation is essential. As Congress pivots to tax reform — which is crucial to the wealth creation — the president could take matters into his ...

Women refuse to be dishes on buffet

Let us briefly rest from the obscene world of politics and turn to the more wholesome subject of hookups at bars. A 28-year-old named Justin Schweiger was recently caught lining up six dates for one night. He had ordered this “buffet of women” with the help of dating apps. Lisette Pylant, ...

Controlling spread of CWD still priority

Chronic wasting disease was discovered just across the Pennsylvania border from Bedford County in our neighboring state of Maryland’s wild herd in 2010. Prior to that, CWD was discovered in adjacent West Virginia’s wild herd in 2005. Then more recently it was detected in ...

America not for white supremacists

The white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville seemed to think that their movement is committed to taking America back. They are mistaken. They cannot take America back because it was never theirs in the first place. It’s true that the legacies of slavery and centuries of legalized ...

Uber, Lyft may provide avenue for Philly revenue

Mayor Kenney and City Council need to jump into conversations about letting another state agency take over the role of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which seems to be drowning without a lifeline. Competition from ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft has hit the city’s taxi industry ...

Crazy gun laws behind problems

Have a gun license? Plan to bring your gun to my hometown? Don’t. Mean New York authorities will make your life miserable. Patricia Jordan and her daughter flew here from her home state of Georgia. She wanted her gun nearby for protection. Jordan obeyed all the Transportation ...

Common sense lacking in Washington

“Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.” — Dictionary.com’s definition of common sense. Sometimes what used to be called “common sense” can seem radical in Washington, which is used to practicing ...

Culture clash: History repeats itself in Pa. town

They came, like other immigrants, seeking freedom from persecution and a new start in the United States. And, like immigrants before them, their transition into a new culture is a bumpy one. PennLive reporter Steve Marroni’s story about the fractious relations between roughly 100 Romanian ...

Missing case for GOP health care

At 2 o’clock on a Friday morning in July — after having successfully run in three national elections on their party’s repeated promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which Barack Obama had spent the first two years of his own presidency (and a lot of political popularity) getting ...

Instability is not unpredictability

One of the great myths about President Trump is that America’s enemies would fear him because he is predictably unpredictable. Trump himself stated during the campaign that he didn’t want to spell out general military strategy because he didn’t want to warn our enemies. “Douglas ...

GOP questions not new

A president campaigns with promises to achieve a specific goal. The House goes along. The Senate begins to examine the matter, accedes to various lawmakers’ demands for special favors and concessions, but the process runs into resistance. Commentators ask why a Republican president with a ...

Reversing pipeline is bad news

Many in the gas and oil industry are aware that Buckeye Partners’ affiliate Laurel Pipeline has asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to approve reversing the flow of the pipeline that delivers gasoline and other products to western Pennsylvania. However, very few Pennsylvanians ...