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Refusing Trump brand of cigarettes

May 2, 2016 It should be a no brainer of a statement. Smoking cigarettes causes cancer. In fact, there are many things a person can smoke that do less damag. more »»

Union chief’s rhetoric dangerous

May 2, 2016 There is a stain darkening the city of Cleveland, and it is threatening to leach so many good intentions here as we prepare to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to the Republican National... more »»

Trump needs world ‘upside down’

May 1, 2016 When the Americans defeated the British at Yorktown, the surrendering British forces supposedly played “The World Turned Upside Down.” The song should be on the soundtrack at Donald Trump rallies. more »»

Let’s clear air in Pa. on state of air quality

April 29, 2016 Water quality has been in the news quite a bit recently, but the quality of something you take into your body every moment of every day — the air we all breathe — doesn’t seem to make waves very... more »»

We’ve become nation of thieves

April 29, 2016 Last month, I celebrated the beginning of my 81st year of life. more »»

Convicted felons get say in Virginia

April 29, 2016 Thanks to Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) 200,000 convicted felons in the state of Virginia may now register to vote. more »»

‘Settled’ consensus du jour

April 27, 2016 WASHINGTON — Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. more »»

Let’s break from identity politics

April 27, 2016 Both parties sort voters by color and gender. Though there’s nothing new about promoting solidarity on the basis of genetics, it can get old really fast. more »»

‘Centrist’ party makes sense

April 26, 2016 People are disgusted with the national political process. Both parties seem incapable of presenting platforms that attract a solid majority. more »»

Are candidates winners or whiners?

April 25, 2016 If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year’s political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality — in both parties. more »»

Time for a Canadian border wall

April 25, 2016 Canada’s sloppy, rushed and reckless Syrian refugee resettlement program is America’s looming national security nightmare. Donald Trump shouldn’t just be promising to build a Mexican border wal. more »»

Minimum wage bump problematic

April 24, 2016 Much has been written about the ignorance, impracticality and offensiveness of many of the Republican front-runners’ policy proposals. more »»

Higher ed needs big disruption

April 24, 2016 There’s been much talk on the campaign trail about helping students pay for college and not enough about exactly what they’re buyin. more »»

Schools lost out under GOP budget

April 22, 2016 There has been some misinformation circulating over the last week that claims certain school districts lost out because Gov. more »»

Higher ed needs big disruption

April 22, 2016 There’s been much talk on the campaign trail about helping students pay for college and not enough about exactly what they’re buyin. more »»

Legislating women’s health must be priority

April 21, 2016 Pennsylvania lawmakers are not known for their productivity. Property tax reform has been on their agendas for decade. more »»

The no-nonsense negotiator

April 21, 2016 In addition to winning more primaries, more convention delegates and 2 million more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate running this year, billionaire developer Donald Trump has... more »»

Histories shouldn’t be kept secret

April 21, 2016 WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama departs for Saudi Arabia, an incubator of the 9/11 attacks, he will leave behind a dispute about government secrecy. more »»

Unequally applied is not justice

April 20, 2016 Later this month, one of the most powerful men ever to have served in the U.S. House of Representatives will face a federal judge to learn his fate. Dennis Hastert has pleaded guilty to evading U.S. more »»

On abortion TV shows lean right

April 19, 2016 Maybe the makers of “The Big Bang Theory” don’t watch “Meet the Press. more »»

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