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State’s school funding inadequate

For decades, Pennsylvania lawmakers have shunned their responsibilities when it comes to school funding, severely shortchanging many school districts. The result is grave inequity that has affected generations of students and produced rising local tax rates for property owners asked to fill ...

An appeal for Sandusky’s retrial

A decade ago, a reporter for the Harrisburg Patriot-News revealed the investigation of a prominent Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky. The headline read: “Sandusky faces grand jury probe.” The story came through an unlawful and probably purposeful leak of grand jury ...

A lung scan can be a lifesaver

If you are a smoker or a former smoker, and between the ages of 50 and 80, you may qualify or be eligible for a lung cancer screening exam. And it’s an exam that could be a lifesaver. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death in both ...

Lesson of the pump handle

These are troubled and troubling times, as arguments persist over mandatory masks and vaccinations, over individual rights and parental rights. In a way, we as a community and a nation are fighting a civil war over fundamental concepts of how we live as a society. This civil war is not over ...

It’s important to vote in every election

On Tuesday, Pennsylvanians will cast their votes in local elections. While there are no federal- or state-level legislative offices on the ballot this year, these local municipal elections are an important feature of our democracy. Our local governments set and implement policies that ...

A close encounter with Mr. Stinky

Recently my wife, Sandy, and our neighbor, Kim, planned a “girl’s night out” before the summer evenings cooled. It was pretty low key when you consider it was to be held on our patio and Kim lived next door. The menu consisted of a bottle of wine and “girl talk.” They got settled ...