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Vigilantes trash due process

New York’s Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is spearheading a McCarthyite purge of sexual harassers from Congress, throwing the nation’s capital into turmoil. What counts as sexual harassment? Good question. Men accused of boorish gestures or vulgar remarks face the same disgrace as outright ...

History unlikely to repeat itself

On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Nixon bowed to the inevitability of impeachment and conviction by a Democratic Senate and resigned. The prospect of such an end for Donald Trump has this city drooling. Yet, comparing Russiagate and Watergate, history is not likely to repeat itself. First, the ...

It’s past time for state to fund CHIP program

Families of nearly 180,000 children in Pennsylvania have an extra worry this holiday season. They are waiting for a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services telling them that the state has no funding left for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Pennsylvania’s ...

Can Trump survive Trump?

The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar. Newly elected president Barack Obama’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it had no business losing, in Massachusetts. Trump’s ...

Who to thank for strong economy

A president deserves partial credit for a strong economy. The current economic numbers are good, so to the extent that gratitude is due, let us offer it. Thank you, President Obama. The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was ...

Improving retirement important

These days, a secure retirement increasingly is out of reach for many working adults, especially those employed by small businesses. That’s because here in Pennsylvania, 44 percent of private sector employees ages 18 to 64 — roughly 2.1 million individuals — work for an employer that ...

Federal tax reform time finally here

The year was 1986. Ronald Reagan was in the White House; the average gallon of gas cost 88 cents; and the average income per year was $17,321. A lot of things have changed since then, but one thing that hasn’t is our federal tax system, as 1986 marked the last time that it was ...

Sharing a bit of Thanksgiving wisdom

By James F. Burns Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful: For natural beauty—Cumberland Gap, 1895: Since the train tunnel through the mountain had collapsed, Mary Hosbrook found herself ...

Groper’s gallery of grotesque

WASHINGTON — It seems more than coincidence that the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency coincides with a trend that was heretofore unrecognized — groping. Gropers abound, it seems. From Harvey Weinstein to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al ...

Right call made in shuttering Johnstown bar

We applaud the Johnstown Police Department for taking action that led to a Hornerstown bar yielding its liquor license in the wake of a fatal shooting there. The Clubhouse at 900 Ash St. has been a regular trouble spot for city police. Chief Robert Johnson said officers have been called to ...

Dems have clear path to Senate

Until recently, it looked like Republicans were almost certain to retain control of the U.S. Senate following the 2018 mid-term elections. Many commentators noted that Nancy Pelosi’s team might have a shot at winning control of the House. But the Senate was different. Only a third of the ...

Have I got a bridge for you!

“Dear Donald: If you really believe me, if you think us Russians didn’t try to tilt the election in your favor, then I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. It’s in Brooklyn. Yours faithfully, Vlad.” That note could well have been waiting for President Donald Trump as he returned from ...

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 ...