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  Obviously, with all the snow and cold temperatures we’ve had, winter has been a bit rough this year. For many, counting down the days until spring gets here has become an obsession.   For scholastic sports fans whose teams … more
Job prospects for today’s college seniors are looking up. The hiring of bachelors-degree holders is expected to jump by 19 percent this year. But few are actually prepared for employment. Even though nine in 10 recent college grads believe … more
Editor’s note: This column wraps up Ed O’Connor’s tales of his trip to Romania. We left our Timisoara apartment at 8 a.m. bound for our four-day whirlwind tour of Transylvania. … more
As Sen. David Argall and I continue to push for elimination of school property taxes with passage of Senate Bill 76, I often think about the impact property has had throughout history. A shortage of land, dismal living conditions, and lack of … more
I have dance in my blood. My mother studied ballet and modern dance, and danced in the touring company of the Broadway musical “Oklahoma” when she was a teenager. When I was growing up, she … more
To paraphrase the late George Bernard Shaw:  Some people in Middletown see things as they are and say, why? I imagine things that never were and say, why not? I imagine all these things and I want to see imagination come to life. … more
The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed my and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati’s Senate Bill 8 to reform Pennsylvania’s asset forfeiture laws. Asset forfeitures are civil proceedings … more
Last summer we never got the boat out of the yard and onto the Susquehanna River. Several reasons contributed to our situation. First, my son Dan, who is my very best fishing partner, became a father for the third time in April, which limited … more
There are countless ways that Pennsylvania residents interact with their county governments every day, probably without even realizing it — everything from services for those with mental … more
Legal scholars and progressives have long expressed doubt about the utility of courts in advancing social justice. They argue that judges are inherently conservative, that victories often prompt … more
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