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A lesson in doing right thing

May 27, 2015 Some of us need laws to keep our behavior in check. Others just know the right thing to do. I do an awful lot of writing about the laws of this land and people who break them. more »»

Let our patriotism shine

May 25, 2015 What’s our national debt? The financial one that comes to mind is subservient to a second and deeper national debt. I see a soldier wading ashore at Normandy on June 6, 1944. more »»

Don’t overdo graduation speech

May 24, 2015 It’s graduation time once again. And by some unwritten but strictly enforced law of nature, every graduation must have a speaker. more »»

Who is a journalist these days? Too many

May 24, 2015 My first job in journalism was as a copyboy at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, D.C. more »»

Will anyone ever defend the banks?

May 22, 2015 One of the interesting nuggets coming out of the conservative sweep in the British elections was the failure of bank-bashing by the Labour Party. more »»

Politicians are blacks’ real enemies

May 22, 2015 Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today’s black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discriminatio. more »»

Vote on medical marijuana overdue

May 21, 2015 Republican majorities in both houses of the state Legislature famously resist any federal rules that contradict their priorities — from air and water pollution regulations to Medicaid expansion. more »»

Examining the fantasy of rail travel

May 21, 2015 The Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia was an invitation for practically every politician in the Northeast and every transit expert in America to complain about lack of funding for the county’s... more »»

Jeb Bush’s unfortunate honesty

May 21, 2015 WASHINGTON — You know we’re off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest. more »»

Members of ‘fear caucus’ are wrong

May 19, 2015 The headline over the Wall Street Journal editorial reads: “No-Growth Republicanism.” The subhead explains: “The GOP’s anti-immigration wing is anti-trade too. more »»

Risks are inherent in childhood

May 19, 2015 WASHINGTON — Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today’s scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. more »»

Caution guides joint chiefs chairman

May 17, 2015 WASHINGTON — Last winter, the National Geographic aired an important piece of 20th-century Americana on its television channel. It was called simply “American War Generals. more »»

The real price of cheap labor

May 17, 2015 Manicures and pedicures aren’t usually news or fodder for commentary, but a blockbuster report in The New York Times has made them a compelling issue. more »»

Academics are not enough in schools

May 16, 2015 Our children are not well emotionally, psychologically, and physically, and those most responsible for their well-being – teachers and parents – have not been provided with a way to address the... more »»

Infrastructure must be addressed

May 15, 2015 The American Society of Civil Engineers assigned a D+ to the overall condition and performance of our infrastructur. more »»

Income inequality ebbs and flows

May 7, 2015 The debate on “income inequality” includes much demagoguery and little analysis and historical context. more »»

Kent State documentary resonates

May 7, 2015 As a 1979 graduate of Kent State University, I was eager to watch PBS’ new documentary on the 1970 campus shootings, which killed four students and wounded nine others. more »»

Liberals do themselves no favors

May 6, 2015 For the last 20 years, give or take another 50, one of the most cherished baubles of Beltway conventional wisdom has been that the Republican Party has moved too far to the righ. more »»

Railway stations can be city’s ‘calling card’

May 4, 2015 Journey to Berlin, a city of impressive size, and you’ll see many impressive sights: the Brandenburg Gate, Victory Column, Olympic Stadium and Berlin Wall. more »»

Deal won’t help Pa. manufacturers

May 1, 2015 President Barack Obama has spent the past six years negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal behind closed doors. more »»

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