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Their view: Trump dodged a big bullet

President Donald Trump owes his White House counsel a thank-you note. Here is the paradoxical reason: The best way for Trump to protect himself against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is not to fire him. That is one of the essential lessons of Watergate: It was only after President Richard Nixon fired Watergate special […]

Comments - 4:42 pm

Their view: Navigating perils, pleasures of conversation

What’s the most memorable line from a conversation you’ve had within the last 10 or 20 years? How about the last five minutes? We forget most of what we hear and most of what we say. It’s hard to pay attention when people are talking, even if we’re the ones doing it. As my friends […]

Comments - 5:44 pm

Their view: Democrats show their worst

To hell with America, to hell with the public, to hell with the economy or the military or federal workers, said the Democrats as they shut down government. There was no excuse. They said it was about saving the Dreamers, even though there were six weeks before the current program’s protections would elapse. Then came […]

Comments - 1:07 pm

Their view: Inept Congress picks posturing over governing

Despite media hysteria during the recently deceased government shutdown, the reality is the United States has had such political paralysis on average every 30 months for nearly a half-century, lasting on average 7 days. Shutdowns, even these partial ones few people notice outside the D.C. company town, raise many questions: What exactly gets shut down? […]

Comments - 7:48 pm

Their view: Step up the search for a ‘universal’ flu vaccine

Seasonal influenza — the flu — sickens and kills many Americans in a good year, and this is already a bad one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 2010, flu has annually caused “between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths.” […]

Comments - 7:05 pm

Their view: Help companies avoid firing workers

One of the hardest questions in economics is mobility vs. stability. What happens to workers who are displaced by recessions, technological and industrial change, regional shifts, or corporate failure? Can humans move fluidly from occupation to occupation, industry to industry, and city to city, like interchangeable parts in a well-oiled economic machine, always going to […]

Comments - 5:02 pm

What millennials believe

Paraphrasing an earlier French parliamentarian Georges Clemenceau said, “If you are not liberal when you are young you have no heart, and if you are not a conservative when you are old you have no head.” This statement, which is often incorrectly attributed to Churchill, may indeed convey a truth. In any event, it no […]

Comments - 12:25 am

Their view: Skeptics should question man-made warming

Many people are actively worried about global warming. And it frustrates them that skeptics and “deniers” refuse to acknowledge the “science” of such an urgent, man-made problem. But there may be valid reasons to dispute the theory that man is responsible for climate change. And to demonstrate why the issue isn’t so clear cut, here’s […]

Comments - 5:41 pm

Their view: Don’t make our kids your bargaining CHIP

In an attempt to avoid a looming federal government shutdown on Friday, it seems that children — again — have been made a pawn in a political debate. That’s regrettable. And it’s wrong. Earlier, negotiations over keeping the government open for business swirled around DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program provides protection […]

Comments - 5:33 pm

Swoyersville mayor clarifies what he wants after culm bank is removed

Yesterday, the Times Leader published a story about Swoyersville getting grant money to begin the removal of the old culm bank. The story was written by Marcella Kester, who I believe did an outstanding job on this article. My issue was with online comments from people who obviously did not read the entire story. After […]

Comments - 8:00 pm

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