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“A tree planted, and with it, us.” That’s how I began a poem I wrote for my then-fiance, Hilton Baxter, when we planted a tree in Rock Creek Park near Washington, D.C. We chose … more
Once upon a time it happened that the president of a small country in a faraway place (certainly not here) wanted to use his presidential term to make his country great again. The people deserved it, … more
Finding skilled workers is an ongoing challenge for U.S. businesses. Media reports tend to focus on the lack of science, tech and math skills. But more than four in 10 business executives … more
Army veteran Glenford Turner lived for nearly four years with a piece of metal in his abdomen. The object wasn’t shrapnel from the battlefield — it was a scalpel he alleges was left … more
My “Promise to Pennsylvania” calls for strict adherence to Article III of the state Constitution on how legislation is passed. It’s why I’ve insisted as chairman of the Senate … more
I am writing to follow up on what I wrote several weeks ago regarding the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and how to protect our school children. Unfortunately, another school shooting took … more
Pennsylvanians sent me to Washington to fix the problems facing our communities. One problem I have firsthand experience with is illegal immigration. While mayor of Hazleton, I saw the … more
As a newspaper reader, advertiser or member of the community, your source of local, regional and national news and information is being threatened by the proposed newspaper tariffs on the import of … more
Here in the Southern Hemisphere, we have entered autumn. In Cuenca, January to June is considered the “rainy” season. It doesn’t rain non-stop as the name might imply, but it … more
The Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association has always made the safety and security of corrections officers our top priority. That’s why it was so heart-wrenching to lose one of … more
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