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The ransom that dare not speak

August 11, 2016 It’s funny how coincidences work. In 2010, as much as $7 million was dropped on the deck of the Maran Centaurus, an oil tanker captured by Somali pirates, and the brigands happened to free the cr. more »»

Increased cigarette tax could benefit

August 9, 2016 After World War II, when cheese and butter were still prized commodities and men would pawn their Sunday suits after wearing them to church, there was at least one commodity in Britain that was... more »»

A brief history lesson

August 9, 2016 As World War II wound down, the Allied forces advanced on Berlin from two directions. The Americans, British and French resistance advanced from the west, and Russia from the east. more »»

To floss or not? There’s no question

August 9, 2016 It’s hard to believe that in 2016 we get a media blast against flossing your teet. more »»

Don’t allow ‘dad’ status for rapists

August 9, 2016 OK, ready to be outraged? Here’s the scenario: A woman says she has been raped. She makes a police report, undergoes the humiliating rape kit testing procedure and names the man she says attacked her. more »»

Sensible environmentalism at work

August 8, 2016 This month Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to have our voices heard regarding our state’s energy and economic security, for today and for the future. more »»

Trump only wants to win on his terms

August 8, 2016 Just about every Republican official and consultant has at some point wrestled with the question of whether or not Donald Trump really wants to be President of the United States. more »»

Is Trump the peace candidate?

August 5, 2016 With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the Russians can retrieve Hillary Clinton’s lost emails. more »»

Recruiting your child as a narc

August 5, 2016 Students often get in deep ... too deep This is the time of year parents start worrying about back-to-school things. more »»

Stay informed on reassessment

August 3, 2016 On behalf of the Allegheny Highland Association of Realtors, its board of directors want to encourage the public, particularly those looking to sell their homes, to become and remain an informed... more »»

Exactly what direction is new right?

August 2, 2016 The Republicans spent their week in Cleveland talking about terrorism and the lack of jobs around the countr. more »»

Trump too tangled with Russia

August 2, 2016 WASHINGTON — To gauge the opportunism and hypocrisy that define Donald Trump’s Republican Party, consider this: Imagine the scalding rhetoric that would have boiled from the likes of Newt Gingrich,... more »»

Let’s not take Altoona for granted

July 31, 2016 Built on the railroad industry and nestled in the valleys of central Pennsylvania lies the small town of Altoona, and this is my thank you letter to the town that I am lucky to call home. more »»

Democrats’ motives are leaking out

July 30, 2016 Thanks to WikiLeaks, which has released nearly 20,000 emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee — with promises of more to come — we have proof the party that styles itself as inclusive,... more »»

Trump’s NATO link has strings

July 30, 2016 WASHINGTON — Once in a while, in political campaigns filled with “definitive” incidents, there is one event that stands out as truly defining the character of the political figure in the spotlight. more »»

Political conventions strike contrast

July 29, 2016 PHILADELPHIA — If political conventions tell us anything beyond the predictable, the one held last week in Cleveland and the other wrapping up in Philadelphia pose contrasts so stark that one wonder... more »»

Media crying wolf over Trump

July 29, 2016 Dear Mainstream Media and Democrats: It’s your turn. more »»

What can discrimination explain?

July 28, 2016 A guiding principle for physicians is primum non nocere, the Latin expression for “first, do no harm. more »»

Outlining path ahead for Clinton

July 28, 2016 PHILADELPHIA — En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he pessimistic? “Not at al. more »»

Evidence needed for extradition

July 24, 2016 Turkish President-turned-strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken advantage of the recent failed coup attempt against him by racing to impose even further control. more »»

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