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Good news, bad news, missed chances in final Pennsylvania budget: Nathan Benefield

For most of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, the state budget process has been contentious at best and downright hostile at worst. His first three years featured months-long impasses, vetoes, … more

Young people might put end to legal abortion: James Miller

Ireland’s passing of a plebiscite that paves the way for legalized abortion wasn’t surprising. While the margins raised an eyebrow (66 percent in favor), Europe has been secularizing for … more

United States had a history of separating families long before Donald Trump: Jeffery Robinson

Children are crying for their parents while being held in small cages. The attorney general tells us the Bible justifies what we see and the White House press secretary backs him up. Be horrified and … more

Conflict resolution, not armed teachers: Basma Ismail

On May 22, 2014, Donald Trump announced to the world via his Twitter account that Hillary Clinton accused him of wanting to bring guns into classrooms. Almost four years later, Trump tried to … more

Country needs comprehensive economic development: Rob Cohen

President Donald Trump recently proposed a $1.5 trillion infrastructure program. It’s generally a good idea. But infrastructure alone will not produce long-term inclusive growth. To achieve … more

Journalists are freedom fighters for the First Amendment: Mark Cohen

Last week’s tragedy at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis hit close to home for me and two of my colleagues. Brad Simpson, chief financial officer for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, … more

Supreme Court restores government worker rights: Charles Mitchell

What if you could be fired from your job for refusing to give part of your paycheck to a private, political organization? It sounds far-fetched. After all, this is America, where the Constitution … more

Busy legislative session includes action on civil service, cannabis: Mike Folmer

With the passage of the 2018-2019 state budget, the commonwealth will spend $32,714,991,000 in taxpayer money for the general fund. This translates to $89,630,112 a day, $3,734,588 an hour, … more

Exploring our world is one of life’s pleasures: Susannah Gal

Have you ever been on a cruise? I had my first experience in February when my older daughter and I traveled on a large boat with about 1,300 others in the Caribbean. This was something we had … more

Why not nationalize nuclear plants?: Kerri Toloczko

In mid-April, New Jersey lawmakers passed a bill that could raise residents’ electric bills by $300 million each year. Legislators want to use the funds to bail out two nuclear power plants … more
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