Their view: NAFTA: Mend it, don’t end it.

Let me start by saying I think NAFTA should be improved, not scuttled. I’ve long advocated for updated rules of the road for international trade, but roads need rules, just better ones, where “better” means rebalancing workers’ and investors’ rights. That said, the reporting on the renegotiation process, now in round 4, has sometimes exaggerated […]

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Our view: Budget mess shows Pennsylvania needs change

It’s high time to admit Pennsylvania’s system of government is irreparably broken. Look no further than the current budget mess that’s dragged on for almost four months longer than it ever should have. We know rehashing the details of the financial morass might make most readers’ eyes glaze over, so we will keep the numbers […]

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Their view: 25th Amendment no concern for Trump

Just as his critics warned, President Donald Trump is turning out to be unfit for his job, perhaps dangerously so. That’s a harsh judgment, but it’s no longer coming from the president’s opponents. It’s coming from leading members of his own party. “We could be heading toward World War III with the kind of comments […]

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Their view: Trump’s threats against press far from harmless

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to change the libel laws to make it easier to win big lawsuits against news organizations. It never happened. After the election, he pressured the FBI director to consider sending reporters to jail for publishing classified information. That was another non-starter. And just last week, he suggested that […]

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Their view: Sports and politics don’t mix

I grew up in the 1960s loving the NBA. That devotion made me a member of a small, insignificant club in southern Ohio, where the Reds and Bengals reign supreme and basketball is embraced only at the amateur levels. When I was a kid, my hometown team was the Cincinnati Royals, featuring stars such as […]

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Their view: Gutting Obamacare by executive order no way to lead

When it comes to health care, America keeps getting let down by its leaders. President Donald Trump’s executive order Thursday undermining the Affordable Care Act is just the latest example. If he can’t repeal and replace it, he’ll gut Obamacare one order and one budget cut at a time. Yet presidents whipsawing health care from […]

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Their view: Girl Scouts have every right to be mad about new Boy Scouts rule

My experience as a Girl Scout was short and bittersweet. When we moved to the suburbs from Philadelphia in 1969, I was recruited by the local Brownie troop to make friends, earn badges and sell cookies. I didn’t last long at Troop 454, mostly because I didn’t have the killer instinct to make my cookie […]

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Their view: Power-hungry Trump can’t get enough

WASHINGTON — Let’s consider abuse of power. Long after NFL players began taking a knee during the pre-game national anthem to protest racial inequality, Donald Trump decided he could use the movement to cement his political base and change the conversation from his lack of a prompt response to devastation in Puerto Rico. Trump then […]

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Their view: Recording artists’ debt to Tom Petty

There was something so Tom Petty about the way the news arrived. How the CBS report that he died the morning of Oct. 2 was later rescinded. Even in the way that the hours between the false reports and the official announcement allowed Petty fans to imagine that the man who sang “I won’t back […]

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Their view: A narrow gun bill is better than none

After every mass shooting, the nation trudges through the same familiar steps. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims. Don’t politicize a tragedy by trying to stop the next one. OK, propose something, but unless it would have prevented the last incident, we’re not interested. Eventually, the debate dies down — until next time. […]

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