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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

Their view: New name, same commitment to service at Northeast Sight Services

It is with such incredible excitement and enthusiasm to announce that the Greater Wilkes-Barre Association for the Blind turns 100 this year. With our centennial comes so much opportunity – both to celebrate the past 100 years of serving our community and also to plan for our next 100. And so much has happened in […]

Comments - 4:20 pm

Their view: Looking for the facts in Trump’s words

Our president treats the press as if they’re in the middle of a creepy marital argument. He tells his friends that journalists are nasty, disrespectful little con artists who are interested only in betraying him. Journalists are telling their side of the story, offering details about a moody and undisciplined man’s ignorance and superficiality. Have […]

Comments - 6:52 pm

Their view: Taxes are good. No, really

It’s not that we’re overtaxed, despite what you may have read in other, less sensible publications. Really, we don’t pay enough in taxes, not if we want to keep having nice things. And that’s a bit of a sticky wicket, given that our infrastructure is deteriorating, that too many of our cities are struggling to […]

Comments - 4:15 pm

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