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Which legacy of U.S. will we choose to bequeath to our children?: Hector Garcia

Most Americans would agree that the great achievements that validated the claim to the American century, must continue. Most might agree that, if the United States had a formula to produce such … more

Pennsylvania government fails to learn that more taxes isn’t the answer: Nathan Benefield

Thanks to last year’s state budget, you’re paying more to watch “House of Cards.” This year, “The Walking Dead” — and a host of other cable TV shows — could cost you more, … more

Taxpayers shouldn’t have to bail out the nuclear industry: David Williams

Lawmakers are forcing taxpayers to go nuclear. Now that nuclear energy is becoming less competitive nationwide, lawmakers are responding by using Americans’ hard-earned dollars to bail out … more

Experience with Ecuador's national health care system was a big mess

When we first arrived in Cuenca in 2012, we were advised by gringos that the prudent thing to do was to get health insurance. Ed O'Connor Being new, we took their recommendation and opted for coverage. The cost for both of us was $187 monthly … more

National Night Out a great opportunity

The events of the last two weeks have probably left you worried and concerned about the future of our wonderful republic. We have gone beyond left vs. right politics. Black vs. white racial divisions. We have arrived at a point where communities … more

With Donald Trump and mercantilism, our political and economic liberties are at stake: Paul Heise

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson called for political freedom in the Declaration of Independence. In that same year, and in support of that political freedom, Adam Smith called for economic freedom and an … more

Street home was a great fit — for us and our piano

So what made us pick our house at 207 N. Spring St.?Susannah Gal Well, there are lots of things that helped us to decide on this house, not the least of which was our 7-foot grand piano. That’s a hefty piece of furniture that not only needs to … more

Medicare Part D budget deal no victory for seniors: Sally Pipes

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate announced its two-year budget deal. It contains a health care provision that many are touting as a victory for American seniors. The reform aims to close the … more

State Civil Service Commission in dire need of modernization: Mike Folmer

The Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, recently held a public hearing on legislation introduced by Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Glenshaw, and me to modernize the Pennsylvania Civil Service … more

Long walks, art and concert-going fill the time in beautiful Eduador

Hi, gang! How are things in the Town of Middle? And thank you for asking … everything is hunky-dory here in Cuenca (you can research the derivation of hunky-dory if interested). As usual, there are all kinds of things to do here in the city. … more
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