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After you’ve kicked the can down the road enough, you finally run out of road. Sadly, this is where our state government now finds itself after years of neglect of funding for long-term … more
Working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Huge tax cuts that mostly go to the wealthy and corporations are exploding the national debt and … more
Hello, gang. How’s everything at your end? Things are going well here. Thanks for asking. Well, let me modify that a bit. There are now more people on the street here than ever before, … more
Rolling Stone just dropped a bombshell — or so it claims in its article, “The Harms of Fracking: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer.” Dig into … more
On a pleasant May evening in 2016, Fred Karash and four friends were enjoying a boat trip on Lake Erie when, without warning, they were stopped by law enforcement officers and detained for more than … more
Some people remember when many rural households didn’t have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there’s still lots of room for improvement. In fact, … more
The Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, recently held a public hearing on legislation introduced by Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Glenshaw, and me to modernize the Pennsylvania Civil Service … more
Career and technical education and the workforce skills gap are taking center stage in national policy discussions. In Pennsylvania, we’ve been talking about this issue for years and seeking … more
I’ve never been to the website Reddit, but if I were to visit, I can’t imagine my stay would be enlightening, let alone comfortable. I gathered as much from a recent profile of the … more
“A tree planted, and with it, us.” That’s how I began a poem I wrote for my then-fiance, Hilton Baxter, when we planted a tree in Rock Creek Park near Washington, D.C. We chose … more
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