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First-year reflections — Government gridlock isn’t always bad: Tom Mehaffie

I have been serving the residents of the 106th District for a year now, and so often I hear, “Why can’t you just get things done in Harrisburg.” While it may seem like historically … more

Where is outrage over union-related collection of campaign contributions?: Matthew Brouillette

Pennsylvania journalists are no strangers to exposing political corruption. From the midnight pay raise to porngate, sadly our state has given members of the media ample opportunity to serve as … more

Travel gives you new perspectives; give it a try: Ed O'Connor

Dec. 12 was the fifth anniversary of our extended vacation in Cuenca, Ecuador, South America. After returning from a three-week October visit to Olga’s former home of Chisinau, Moldova, in … more

Government has turned into modern Santa Claus: Mike Folmer

In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to the New York Sun: “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” The reply was, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa … more

GOP tax overhaul is worst Christmas gift ever: Frank Clemente

Some Christmas presents are a wonderful surprise, others a big disappointment. We try to be polite about the clunkers, figuring it’s the thought that counts. But the new Republican tax law … more

Moore’s loss in Alabama is a great gift for Republicans: James Miller

Christmas came early for the Republican Party this year. The state of Alabama gifted the floundering party a new lease on life. On Dec. 12, the Heart of Dixie elected its first Democratic senator … more

President Trump is creating, not solving, our nation’s problems: Paul Heise

  As I sat down to try to make some sense of the politics of the past weeks and the year to come, my first impression was of the tectonic social and political forces that President Donald … more

PennDOT makes sure roads are top-notch: Leslie Richards

The Wolf administration is taking seriously its responsibility to care for the transportation assets used by Pennsylvanians every day. Whether it’s improving pedestrian safety on a major … more

I love my Jewish, Christian traditions at holidays: Susannah Gal

I might have mentioned previously that I come from a mixed family religious tradition. My father was Jewish and my mother Christian. My parents met when they were at the University of Texas at … more

Guns don’t save lives; they don’t protect us ... only we can do that: Amanda Hendler-Voss

My son points the stick like he’s just back from the shooting range. “Pow,” he says, a mischievous glint in his eye. He already knows the family policy his older brother rattles … more
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