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In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote to the New York Sun: “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” The reply was, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa … more
  I read Matthew Krajsa’s letter to the editor posted on pressandjournal.com on Monday. Mr. Krajsa references my letter to the Middletown Area School District community detailing … more
Now that Pennsylvania is about to get a new attorney general, perhaps the state will finally take responsibility for curbing abuses at the $12.3 billion Hershey Trust.  The resignation last week of Kathleen Kane, hours after she was … more
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
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
A team of researchers is testing a groundbreaking vaccine that could prevent cancer in dogs. About 800 dog owners have volunteered their healthy canine companions for a clinical trial. The pets … 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
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
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