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: 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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Our view: GOP shows plenty of chutzpah on gerrymandering

Pennsylvania’s Republican legislative leaders have unleashed their most miraculous beast yet, unveiling the staggeringly self-serving “Hippo-critic,” a phantasm of fat-cat flatulence, a chimera of shameless chicanery, a jaw-dropping giant that dwarfs the Jabberwock and Gerrymander combined. It is genuinely hard to hyperbolize just how much chutzpah state senators poured into a letter urging the League […]

Comments - 6:57 pm - updated: 11:40 pm.

Their view: Oprah for president? Have we learned nothing?

We don’t know whether the idea of Oprah Winfrey for president, inspired by Winfrey’s eloquent speech Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards, will prove an ephemeral excitation or a movement with staying power. But we find it depressing. We mean no disrespect to Winfrey, who strikes us as much better informed and more intellectually curious […]

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Our view: Time to end despicable gerrymandering

It may be that we take it as a practice as loopy as its name. “Gerrymandering” sounds like something from kid’s fiction (“The lad’s called this particular type of lark “gerrymandering”), or a fantastic beast in the mind of a 5-year-old (“She was sure the speckled giant in the dark garden was a real gerrymander!” […]

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Our view: Diamonds for helping keep history alive

Diamonds to Luzerne County for providing community development money to the Sophia Coxe Memorial Foundation and Education Center ($65,000) and Greater Hazleton Historical Society and Museum ($21,750). Yes, it’s a drop in the canyon of this county’s historic preservation needs (see Wilkes-Barre’s Irem Temple, poster child for preservation demand), but it’s symbolic in a large […]

Comments - 7:08 pm - updated: 9:23 pm.

Our view: Dress for cold, and the weather is not that bad

As you shiver and cuss through the current cold spell, some warming thoughts. OK, maybe not so much “warming” thoughts, and more like “it could be worse” thoughts. At least you are not in Oymyakon, Russia, which hit a balmy 48 below zero early Tuesday morning, and climbed to minus 24 degrees as the day […]

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Our view: New Year’s: Time to reflect, time to plan

Happy New Year! It’s about time! No, not it’s about time as in “It’s about time (X) happened.” Rather, it’s about time as in “New Year’s Day is about the concept of time.” Today manages to reflect almost any aspect of the concept you can consider. A new beginning? Sure, especially to those who feel […]

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Our view: New Year’s isn’t only time for resolutions

Why is a resolution made Jan. 1 supposed to have any more success than one made May 8, Aug. 14 or Dec. 28? The New Year’s Resolution tradition may be one of the biggest gimmicks in human history. While born of noble intent, they routinely suffer a fatal flaw of high expectations announced on a […]

Comments - 12:01 pm

Our view: Diamonds for keeping music of season alive

Diamonds to Wyoming Area Catholic School and all the other schools, institutions and volunteers who kept the tradition of singing Christmas Carols alive in multiple venues before a wide range of audiences this year. The Wyoming Area Catholic students sang at Wesley Village’s Partridge-Tippett nursing facility, but there were and typically are many such events. […]

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