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Who will keep us safe?

July 19, 2016 Nice, France, of all places. But of course a terrorist in love with death would choose one of the world’s most beautiful coastal cities to mow down innocents in a moment of celebratio. more »»

At Fox, sexism is business

July 18, 2016 What to make of Gretchen Carlson’s suit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes alleging sexual harassment? If Ailes did demand sex as a condition of her employment and Carlson can prove it, then she’... more »»

Stories turned negative as Trump won

July 18, 2016 A new report from Harvard University says press coverage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign became progressively more negative as Trump built a lead in the Republican primaries — and soared... more »»

Comey’s Clinton probe deja vu all over

July 17, 2016 When James Comey announced his decision not to recommend the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for the misuse of classified information, it was not his first investigation of Clinton that ended without... more »»

Discussions must face realities of race

July 17, 2016 By now most Americans know the name of Dallas Police Chief David Brown — and quite a few wouldn’t mind seeing him play a larger national role. more »»

Americans are back in action

July 16, 2016 Reports of NASA’s Juno spacecraft’s entering the orbit around Jupiter lit a sparkler in this American heart — on the Fourth of July, no less. It showed that Americans still have what it takes. more »»

Is anemic growth the new normal?

July 16, 2016 America’s economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery demonstrating how much we have defined recovery down. more »»

Tragedies reveal ideological blind spots

July 15, 2016 It seems almost ghoulish to look for a silver lining in the dark cloud that blanketed the nation last week. But I think there was one. more »»

So-called scandal collapses

July 15, 2016 Minutes before the news broke that FBI Director James B. more »»

House bill on gambling no sure bet

July 11, 2016 Like it or not, gambling and human civilization go hand in hand. It’s an activity that’s likely existed since the very dawn of man. In fact, the earliest evidence of gambling dates to 2,300 B.C. more »»

Education must embrace innovation

July 11, 2016 States and school districts have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to pursue student-centered, results-oriented policy and funding for their educational systems in order to provide greater opportunity... more »»

Hillary too big for jail

July 11, 2016 Last Monday, America celebrated the 240th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which condemned King George III for “(obstructing) the Administration of Justice. more »»

Sign dismemberment abortion ban

July 8, 2016 On June 21, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives — in a bipartisan vote — overwhelmingly passed HB 1948, the Ban on Dismemberment Abortions. more »»

‘Pot’ train leaving the stations

July 6, 2016 Just four years after Washington and Colorado led in legalizing recreational uses of marijuana, the pot train has left the station. more »»

Benghazi report not seeking truth

July 6, 2016 When Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, her approval ratings hit an all-time high. more »»

To stop Clinton, GOP needs new candidate

July 6, 2016 What is most probable in 2016 and more obvious each day is that with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee, Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. more »»

‘Land of the pilgrims pride’

July 4, 2016 My memories of becoming an American ... I was born in 1939 in the Midwest. Our house was surrounded by woods, and I well remember the peacefulness and tranquility of my youth. more »»

‘Team effort’ fuels AASD success

July 4, 2016 As a former school director of the Altoona Area School District and now a member of the Altoona Area School District Foundation, I have been afforded numerous opportunities to interact with... more »»

America makes it too tough on ex-cons

July 4, 2016 Just got out of jail? Odds are that within five years, you’ll get caught doing something illegal and go back to jail. This is bad for ex-cons, their victims, their families and America. more »»

British are happy to be rid of EU

July 1, 2016 Maybe it was those college courses on the history of Europe that soured me on the idea of a united continen. more »»

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