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Nobody benefits when DEP’s budget is cut: Joseph Otis Minott

As I watched Patrick McDonnell’s confirmation hearing to become secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection last month, I was struck by the number of senators who were concerned … more

Sheldon Richman: The Iranian 'threat' is fictitious

By Sheldon Richman   President Barack Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have at least one thing in common when it comes to Iran: All are guilty of flagrant … more

Leftist violence vs. Trump-aligned groups worrisome: James Miller

The chaos that descended upon the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has widened the already gaping tear in our national discourse. What was supposed to be a rally to protest … more

Dave Hickernell: ObamaCare will cost more than our state can afford

By Dave Hickernell It is now widely known that the original cost of $940 billion for the first 10 years for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare, was grossly inaccurate. more

Time for a system change: Empower Pennsylvanians in poverty through work: Elizabeth Stelle

How do you end generational poverty? In Pennsylvania, this question isn’t just central to the well-being of tens of thousands of families, it’s also key to restoring Rust Belt … more

Some lists Pennsylvania doesn’t want to be on: Ed O'Connor

As Longfellow wrote, “Into each life, some rain must fall.” Well, it has been falling here, on and off (mostly on) for seven weeks. In the four-plus years we have been here, I have never … more

Newspapers would be threatened by tariff; speak to your representative: Mark Cohen

The viability of local newspapers, including the one that you are reading now, is being challenged by the proposed newspaper tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the … more

Medicare isn’t broken; stop trying to fix it: Paul Downey

Tens of thousands of seniors owe their lives to Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, according to a new study from the University of Illinois. The program reduces mortality rates among the elderly … more

Is the United States divided and thriving, split yet splendid?: James Miller

The word “decadence” is bandied about often these days, and with just cause. It is well accepted that we live in decadent times. Those on the left fret about income inequality, as it, … more

Fix democracy and end partisan gerrymandering: Carol Nechemias and Robert Naeye

Are you tired of endless political gridlock? Disappointed in uncontested elections? Frustrated that you can’t throw the bums out? Gerrymandering — the drawing of legislative districts to … more
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