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Dec. 12 was the fifth anniversary of our extended vacation in Cuenca, Ecuador, South America. After returning from a three-week October visit to Olga’s former home of Chisinau, Moldova, in … more
Ethanol as government energy policy has been an economic and environmental bust. There’s little debate: It inflates motor fuel prices, while compromising the environment. And that was before this summer’s draught reducing the corn and wheat … more
Harrisburg is broke.  Literally.  So are 26 other cities across the commonwealth that are stuck in the state’s Act 47 program for financially strapped municipalities.  Many enter in—like Pittsburgh—but very few ever get … more
In March 1975, the United States fled from a protracted war in Vietnam, a war that claimed more than 58,000 Americans, and close to 2 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians.  The United … more
Bonjour! Guten Tag! Gruezie! Buon giorno! Buenos dias! Bom dia! Good morning!  These are some of the different ways I have learned to say “Good morning” when I’ve lived … more
My love and respect for the constitution is why I ran for office and it’s also why I recently joined in legal action to block the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s newly mandated congressional … more
Monday marked the start of National Newspaper Week. It is a time to celebrate the impact newspapers have on their communities, and to recognize the dedicated individuals who work diligently so that … more
I am writing in response to the recent event in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people, including children, were murdered in a high school. I have advocated privately on the matter of school … more
As the mother of a child with epilepsy, I am well aware of the importance of having good health insurance. Without it, my family may not be able to access the medications that my daughter needs to … more
There are many obligations elected officials must meet when serving their constituents. The most basic is to listen and learn exactly what people want from their government, and then make every effort to provide it. more
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