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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 ...

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 ...