On Thanksgiving and every day, always give thanks

WILKES-BARRE — On Thanksgiving 2017, I wonder if we all really get what the big day and celebration is all about. Some say it all began as a celebration of the great harvest, while others say it was an event that marked the Pilgrims survival in America. Whatever the “real meaning” of Thanksgiving is or […]

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Their view: Times have changed, for politicians and press

WASHINGTON — Back in the 70s, I was attending an annual editor’s meeting when I was asked in a confidential session what I was working on. At the time, I was a managing editor for investigations for Scripps Howard Newspapers. I replied that I didn’t feel comfortable with providing many details at that point but […]

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Their view: The case for the 3-year bachelor’s degree

The basic cause of America’s student-loan crisis is no mystery: College tuition and fees continue to soar while the earnings of recent graduates remain flat. It shouldn’t be surprising that there’s also a straightforward way to lower the cost of a college degree: Reduce the amount of time it takes to earn one. The U.S.’s […]

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Your view: Vote no on Republican tax bill

An open letter to the members of the U.S. Congress: Three years ago my wife sustained a severe brain injury. While out for her morning walk, she was struck by an inattentive driver. As the car veered off the road it hit a tree, spun around and struck my wife in the head as she […]

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Their view: Democrats must confront mistreatment of women

Though Republicans have been on the political hot seat because of credible allegations about sexual assault, child predation and harassment hanging over Alabama’s Roy Moore and the U.S. Senate seat he wants, only Democrats can turn what feels like a moment into a movement. For that to happen, they will have to do something they […]

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Their view: A middle-class tax cut? Hardly

President Trump and his Republicans are still trying to sell their tax bill as a “middle class tax cut.” The middle class isn’t buying it — but that won’t stop Congress from passing some version of their plan. The GOP’s tax proposal was always going to be a hard sell. Its centerpiece is a deep […]

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Remember When: Neighborhood shopping districts had everything for holidays

With Black Friday nearly upon us, are any of you folks thinking “Oh, no — I’m still recovering from last Christmas and all the running around?” Believe it or not, through much of the last century, you generally didn’t have to travel downtown or to a mall to buy what you needed for holidays, or […]

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Our view: Harrisburg needs to fix municipal government system

The Pennsylvania Economy League performed a valuable, if thankless, job in gauging the level of financial distress for 2,388 local governments statewide. “Valuable” because this is exactly the kind of tedious number crunching needed to expose weaknesses not only in individual municipalities, but in the whole antiquated municipal government system used in Pennsylvania. “Thankless” because […]

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Their view: Moment of reckoning for swinish behavior is here

I believe many things these days, chief among them the fact that we’re in a moment of reckoning for men who for too long have held the levers of power and assumed that gave them the right to be awful. I believe we need more women in charge, and fast. Men have had their chance […]

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Your view: Don’t allow local police to use radar

Arming local cops with radar guns, should be voted down. Despite 30 years of technological innovations, radar still suffers from the same reliability and performance issues that have made it unacceptable as evidence in a court of law. A research study states that radar cannot meet the requirements of the Daubert test, which is a […]

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