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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 »»

The streets cannot be a home

July 1, 2016 The homeless can be scary people. They may block sidewalks, curse passers-by and aggressively demand money. Or they can be just sad. more »»

Don’t sell STEM program short

June 30, 2016 Imagine a preschool-age child walking down the stairs, proudly counting each step. “One, two, three,” that child will say. more »»

It’s always right to do right thing

June 30, 2016 Rep. John Lewis was 20 when he took his first stand. On a Tuesday in May 1960, Lewis walked into a Woolworth’s and sat down at a lunch counter for whites only. Police arrested him. more »»

The GOP’s cynical strategy

June 27, 2016 The face of America is changing very rapidly, and Republicans are reacting with a cynical and insidious attempt to hold back the future. more »»

Warning: As country, we’re overlabeled

June 27, 2016 When you use a coffeepot, do you need a warning label to tell you: “Do not hold over people?” Must a bicycle bell be sold with the warning: “Should be installed and serviced by a professional... more »»

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