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Don’t argue addicts’ liberty while they’re still addicted
Here’s two bits of practical advice as Pennsylvania struggles on with its epidemic of opioid addiction.
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Don’t complicate Pa. budget with minimum wage deal
Why do we let our politicians exert so much added pressure on the state budget process? The Assembly and governor can’t seem to consider a straightforward spending plan without attaching issues that complicate the plan and stir up mud against any accidental clarity.
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Exemplary service
I would like to commend my mail carrier, Tom Green, for doing his job above and beyond the call of duty.
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Divided America
The social media is composed of images and words that are meant to affect the viewer’s mind. Whether it be joy, love or just pure unadulterated hatred, those images and words are forever embedded in our minds.
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Lawmakers living large
Regarding reports of a deficit in our Pennsylvania budget, when are our state senators and representative going to acknowledge state government is too large and the legacy costs too high? If someone in Harrisburg is not going to decrease the number of representatives, mandate term limits, modify their health insurance, and eliminate retirements, then it falls upon the rest of us to take the...
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Show consequence
I’m disappointed with the news media that show all these marches, riots, vigils where people are breaking store windows, setting fire to businesses, burning cars. Then we hear no more.
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Trump confronts NATO free riders
NATO is a 28-nation alliance built on the premise that an attack on one member is an attack on every member. That’s a healthy dose of reassurance in a world where terrorism and Russia pose menacing threats. Yet 23 of those countries don’t pay their fair share for that NATO protection.
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What’s really new at the border?
Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement are setting up interior check-points. Customs and Border Protection guards, emboldened by President Trump, have begun asking foreign visitors for their social-media usernames. That’s one version of the news, anyway. The truth is that there were no checkpoints; and the social-media nonsense started under President Obama.
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Seek God for Butler
Jeremiah 4:19 (NIV) reads: “Oh, my anguish my anguish. I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart, my heart pounds within me. I cannot keep silent, for I have heard the sound of the trumpet. I have heard the battle cry.”
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Robert Samuelson
Only two cheers for a carbon tax
By all means, let’s have a carbon tax. It’s the best way to deal with global climate change. It would require Republicans and Democrats to compromise — a good thing — and would provide revenues for a government that desperately needs more revenue. Fine. But let’s not pretend that a carbon tax is a panacea for either climate change or too much debt.
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