Their view: Freedom Caucus in spotlight as shutdown looms

The House Freedom Caucus styles itself as the principled champion of limited government and the rule of law. More often, its members are partisan gunslingers, attack dogs during President Barack Obama’s administration and lap dogs for President Donald Trump. That’s personified by the two leaders of this right-wing contingent of about three dozen House Republicans: […]

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Remember When: Had to work for simple pleasures in good old days

Ah, this time of year what can be tastier than a good cup of coffee with a couple of slices of toast, maybe with jelly? That’s a nice snack to whip up for late night or early morning, right? Just the thing for these cold, wet, gray days here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But “the good […]

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Their view: Will the tax cut raise wages?

All over America, it seems, giant companies are passing out benefits, crediting the newly enacted tax law for enabling their largesse. Southwest Airlines awarded $1,000 bonuses to its employees; three competitors followed. Fiat Chrysler offered 60,000 hourly workers $2,000 bonuses and announced plans to move some production from Mexico to Michigan. Several utilities have plans […]

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Their view: On MLK Day, acknowledge the past to improve US future

To truly honor Martin Luther King’s legacy, it is important for us not only to celebrate the progress that the civil rights movement made possible but also to grapple with the full truth of our nation’s history, to acknowledge the inequities with which our society still struggles and to recognize our individual responsibility for social […]

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Beyond the Byline: For clarity, look to those ‘60s TV shows

WILKES-BARRE — Have you ever wondered why Baby Boomers turned out to be such good human beings? You can research this all you want, but the answer — the real answer — is that we watched television. Yes, the same medium that is feared today — bastion of “fake news” and all that — TV […]

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Barletta remains optimistic about ‘pro-American immigration reform’

WILKES-BARRE — In a recent interview with Breitbart News, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta said he remains optimistic about Congress’s chance to pass pro-American immigration reform. “Well you know, for me this is one of the reasons that I am here in Washington right now,” Barletta told Breitbart News. “I have been fighting this issue back […]

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Their view: Walls don’t work

WASHINGTON — Building walls to keep your neighbor out or you in is not a viable solution to anything in the modern world. If the Berlin Wall taught us anything, that was it. It is just a plain and simple stupid idea and an enormously expensive one. How costly? Donald Trump now says it is […]

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Their view: A remarkable story of generosity

A couple of days before Christmas, I got to witness and be part of something remarkable. Each year, there are thousands of individuals from throughout the Wyoming Valley who support the powerful work of the United Way. We are grateful to every single donor and, for decades, we have held an incentive drawing to recognize […]

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Their view: A self-inflicted wound from the administration

POST-EDITORIAL-IMMIG 501 words (c) 2018, The Washington Post · No Author · OPINION, EDITORIALS · Jan 09, 2018 – 11:43 PM This appeared in Wednesday’s Washington Post: —- Striking a blow for making America small again – plus petty, callous and self-defeating – the Trump administration on Monday stripped about 200,000 Salvadorans of their work […]

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Their view: DACA kids are victims of political system that thinks in exaggerations

I don’t know if it has to do with my Catholic upbringing, or the fact that I’m an Eagles fan, but I’ve always had an acute appreciation for victims of circumstance. As a child I was taught to care for “the least of these,” which is probably why I am so fervently anti-abortion. Those who […]

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