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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 »»

Bloated Pa. Legislature needs to be downsized

May 19, 2015 California has nearly 39 million people, making it the nation's most populous state by a fat 12 million. It has 120 members in its legislature. Texas is No. more »»

Pension reform should top state budget agenda

May 18, 2015 Pennsylvania has a $50 billion public employee pension debt. That's a lot of zeroes. more »»

‘Ethics’ office seems to have conflict of interest regarding Clintons

May 16, 2015 Imagine yourself as a State Department ethics office employee, asked for opinions on the propriety of activities that earn your boss’ family millions of dollars. more »»

Local primary is certainly worth your time and participation

May 15, 2015 We know that at this time of year, many of you roll your eyes when you see us writing about the importance of voting in the upcoming election and this year will be no differen. more »»

Obama seems to be the only one who doesn’t realize his mistakes

May 14, 2015 A genuine foreign policy crisis is occurring, and President Barack Obama’s reaction to it betrays his clear failure to comprehend the peril his ongoing missteps have created. more »»

Government can’t handle authority it has, so why give it even more?

May 13, 2015 It is being suggested the government should place new restrictions on the natural gas industry, to prevent public safety and pollution problems. more »»

Someone should be held accountable for EPA misdeeds, even if that’s lawmakers

May 12, 2015 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is very conscientious about telling Americans, both businesses and individuals, they have to clean up their air emissions, water discharges, etc. more »»



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