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It’s time for a long, hard look at U.S. strategy in Iraq

June 11, 2015 It turns out that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s assessment that many Iraqis lack the “will to fight” against?Islamic State terrorists may be accurate. What to do about that remains a question. more »»

Without better money management, Social Security doesn’t stand a chance

June 10, 2015 Seventeen billion dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the long-term fiscal challenges facing the Social Security program. more »»

If Pa. is truly a ‘swing state,’ then place primary earlier on calendar

June 9, 2015 Pennsylvania usually is regarded as a crucial “swing state” in presidential elections. more »»

Response so far to TSA failures not going to fly

June 8, 2015 Most of us who have traveled by air over the past 13 years have experienced the inconvenience of dealing with Transportation Security Administration screenings, random searches and regulations. more »»

Under new version of Patriot Act, NSA needs to be kept in check

June 6, 2015 Intelligence agencies want unfettered authority to invade our privacy. It is in the very nature of spying organizations such as the National Security Agency. more »»

Lawmakers from coal country must stand with Walker for affordable power

June 5, 2015 Not a single ton of coal is mined in Wisconsin. Complaints about President Barack Obama’s war on coal may not resonate with many in the Badger State, where mining provides no jobs, But Wisconsin Gov. more »»

There is no longer any good reason for export ban on American oil

June 4, 2015 Oil and natural gas are being used as geopolitical weapons like never before in history. Russia’s Vladimir Putin has become perhaps the world’s most skillful, effective practitioner. more »»

Use of Iraqi forces to combat Islamic State needs to be re-examined

June 3, 2015 U.S. officials should rethink how military assets are being used in the fight against Islamic State terrorists, President Barack Obama said Monday. more »»

Courses may evolve but high school still teaches same lesson

June 2, 2015 Each year at this time, as another school year comes to an end, we see a brand new crop of freshly-minted young adults graduate from high school, one of the landmark achievements of anyone’s lifetime. more »»

IRS open for identity thieves

June 1, 2015 Thieves stole about $5.8 billion from the Internal Revenue Service in 2013, by taking tax refunds due to people whose personal information they used to make the claims. more »»

It’s time for good, hard look at situation in Iraq

May 30, 2015 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s assessment of why the Islamic State terrorist army took Ramadi — “the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight” —probably destroyed his popularity in Baghdad. more »»

Liberals want to ‘fix’ Obamacare by making it even more expensive

May 29, 2015 Mark this one down in your amazing-but-true book: Liberals in Congress admit they made a mistake on Obamacare. more »»

Why can’t VA appoint its talented people to leadership roles?

May 28, 2015 Why are top leaders at the Department of Veterans Affairs not firing bureaucrats by the dozens? That may be the question some veterans were asking during Memorial Day weekend, as one more VA scandal... more »»

Something responsible must be done to address crumbling roads

May 27, 2015 Congress has kicked the proverbial can down the road so many times on one critical issue — highway and bridge funding — that lawmakers’ toes must be getting sore. more »»

We need a new plan for handling radioactive waste

May 26, 2015 Radioactive waste will not go away, as much as President Barack Obama tries to ignore the problem. Nearly one-fifth of the electricity generated in the United States comes from nuclear power plants. more »»

Tax reform may be on the horizon

May 25, 2015 They are talking serious tax reform in Harrisburg these days. And the discussions are aligned to state budget talks and an operations fund defici. more »»

Islamic State taking over Iraq is more than a mere ‘setback’

May 23, 2015 Contrary to what some commentators are saying, Islamic State terrorists’ conquests of the Iraqi city of Ramadi do not raise questions about U.S. strategy to defeat the vicious group. more »»

‘Parents’ who give alcohol to young graduates are putting them at risk

May 22, 2015 If history is any guide, hundreds of recent high school graduates will be drinking enormous quantities of alcoholic beverages at celebratory parties during the next few weeks. more »»

What difference does one vote make? Ask our local candidates

May 21, 2015 When people who otherwise could are asked to explain why they didn’t vote, one of the most common responses is some variant of “What difference does one vote really make?” Ask some of our local... more »»

Pa. pension reform: Can crisis situation end partisanship?

May 20, 2015 After years of deadlock, any state pension reform legislation getting out of committee can be counted as progress. more »»



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