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In grief, Rice’s mother stands alone

March 11, 2015 Even when Samaria Rice is surrounded by others, as she was at last week’s news conference, she still seems so alone. more »»

Since when do rules not apply?

March 10, 2015 Could the leaders in Washington please tell us which rules we are allowed to not follow? Please? This is getting confusing for the average America. more »»

Lower fares no substitute for wages

March 10, 2015 The idea of helping low-income people by subsidizing their fares on public transportation sounds noble. It truly does. more »»

Hillary cover-up clouds democracy

March 8, 2015 On Monday, The New York Times reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never — not once — used her official State Department email address for her official communication. more »»

Now what else do you have?

March 7, 2015 State Rep. more »»

The plight of ‘real victim’ Jihadi John

March 7, 2015 Mohammed Emwazi, aka Jihadi John, the masked, British-accented butcher of hostages on ISIS videos, makes an unlikely victim, to say the least. more »»

The plight of ‘real victim’ Jihadi John

March 7, 2015 Mohammed Emwazi, aka Jihadi John, the masked, British-accented butcher of hostages on ISIS videos, makes an unlikely victim, to say the least. more »»

Internet survives weird politics

March 7, 2015 Net neutrality won the day in Washington, and that wasn’t supposed to happen. Republicans indignantly opposed regulating Internet service, currently dominated by a few cable giants. more »»

Ready or not, it’s prime time for Walker

March 6, 2015 Any chef will tell you that you need great ingredients to pull off a great meal. Less discussed but just as true: You need to cook the ingredients in the right order. Wisconsin Gov. more »»

The lighter side of the crime beat

March 6, 2015 When you’re in the business of writing about crime, sometimes you need to take a break, shake your head at the human foibles that bring people to the attention of police or to the courthouse steps. more »»

Mirror phone system working

March 5, 2015 Telephone service to the Mirror generally has been restored, although there remain some brief temporary periods where calls cannot get throug. more »»

Pension crisis crippling state

March 4, 2015 We hear that this is the year to do pension reform in Pennsylvania. And time, as Poor Richard said, is money. more »»

Walker’s secret weapon

February 26, 2015 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has emerged as a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. more »»

Silly denials of Islamic terrorism

February 26, 2015 “Could this argument be any dumber?” That’s how I began a column over a month ago in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. more »»

Vaccinations shouldn’t be optional

February 23, 2015 Vaccination is the hot topic right now. Everyone, qualified or not, is weighing in on the vaccination debate — professional organizations, physician experts, TV personalities and even politicia. more »»

Fuel for schools to climb the ladder

February 21, 2015 With Pennsylvania’s support for schools submerged at a disgraceful 45th in the nation, the commonwealth has no choice but to increase education funding. Voters said as much in November. more »»

There are no gatekeepers on Wikipedia

February 21, 2015 For years, people assumed encyclopedias had to be created by professionals. Then Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales attempted to create an encyclopedia without central planners. more »»

Time for Hillary to hit the road

February 21, 2015 In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas. more »»

Simon’s sudden death hits home

February 19, 2015 I heard the tragic news last week — on Feb. 12 — that my friend, Bob Simon, CBS News correspondent, was killed in a two-car accident on the west side of New York City. more »»

Our 911 system needs help

February 19, 2015 Each day across this country, lives are saved because a dedicated 911 operator dispatched emergency personnel to help a panicked person. more »»

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