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Bail out the circus? There’s a sucker born every minute
Be advised: This essay is pure satire. It’s intended to show the silliness of existing political and social conditions by exaggerating them. It’s a shame that satire must be labeled and explained as such, but those unfamiliar with comic traditions need to be warned, for legal reasons. That’s the world we live in these days.
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Carfentanil’s arrival in Pa should surprise no one
Perhaps it sounds fatalistic, but it’s actually more realistic: carfentanil has finally arrived in Pennsylvania. And if that surprises you, well, it shouldn’t. The drug — 10,000 times stronger than morphine — was always destined to surface here sooner or later.
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Mismanaged mail
The mail delivery and mail carrier need to pay more attention to what they are doing.
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Bilingually illiterate?
There are approximately 230 million adults in this country. The Department of Education estimates 32 million adults, or 14 percent of the total, are illiterate. An additional 16 million adults cannot read above a 5th grade level. Those 48 million represent 21 percent of all adults living here. Perhaps most frightening of all, 19 percent of high school graduates are illiterate.
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Where you’re planted
On Jan. 13, my wife Jocelyn, great nephew John and I attended a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Butler City Grand Ball Room. The event was promoted by a nonprofit group hopeful to restore the dilapidated Penn Theater. Many of our local businesses donated items, and baskets of goodies were donated to be auctioned to ensure the success of the event.
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Puzder’s not for Labor
Donald Trump has nominated fast-food CEO Andrew Puzder to lead the Labor Department. This is a bad choice for working people.
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Grief counseling
We learn from professionals that there are five stages of dealing with grief. When presented with shocking and unsuspected news, and trying to deal with the reality, one tries to rationalize the outcome. The five stages we read about are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally acceptance.
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The Pennsylvania Lottery has always been a dubious proposition: It is at its heart a scam on the poor whose proceeds pay for programs for seniors — some of whom are the Lottery’s most dedicated patrons.
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John Lewis shouldn’t shun system
My father seldom talked about his time in Mississippi. It was as if he had gone there in a different lifetime, different from the one he inhabited as a father, a high-powered civil litigator and a guy who liked to watch the Philadelphia Eagles with a Rolling Rock in his hand on Sunday afternoons.
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Michelle Obama’s lasting life lessons
One of the books that I remember most vividly from my college years was Mary Catherine Bateson’s “Composing a Life.” Bateson, the daughter of legendary anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, posited in her book that life is “an improvisational art at every age.”
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Trump again picks the wrong fight
Donald Trump took to Twitter — surprise! — Saturday to slam U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat, for saying that he planned to skip Trump’s upcoming inauguration because he doesn’t consider Trump to be a “legitimate president.”
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