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Experience with Ecuador's national health care system was a big mess

When we first arrived in Cuenca in 2012, we were advised by gringos that the prudent thing to do was to get health insurance. Ed O'Connor Being new, we took their recommendation and opted for coverage. The cost for both of us was $187 monthly … more

National Night Out a great opportunity

The events of the last two weeks have probably left you worried and concerned about the future of our wonderful republic. We have gone beyond left vs. right politics. Black vs. white racial divisions. We have arrived at a point where communities … more

With Donald Trump and mercantilism, our political and economic liberties are at stake: Paul Heise

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson called for political freedom in the Declaration of Independence. In that same year, and in support of that political freedom, Adam Smith called for economic freedom and an … more

Street home was a great fit — for us and our piano

So what made us pick our house at 207 N. Spring St.?Susannah Gal Well, there are lots of things that helped us to decide on this house, not the least of which was our 7-foot grand piano. That’s a hefty piece of furniture that not only needs to … more

Medicare Part D budget deal no victory for seniors: Sally Pipes

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate announced its two-year budget deal. It contains a health care provision that many are touting as a victory for American seniors. The reform aims to close the … more

State Civil Service Commission in dire need of modernization: Mike Folmer

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

Long walks, art and concert-going fill the time in beautiful Eduador

Hi, gang! How are things in the Town of Middle? And thank you for asking … everything is hunky-dory here in Cuenca (you can research the derivation of hunky-dory if interested). As usual, there are all kinds of things to do here in the city. … more

Rebuilding Pennsylvania’s rural infrastructure: Curt Coccodrilli

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

Douglas Shoen: Seniors may decide who wins the elction

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney will need to carefully consider how they approach the issue of Medicare in the coming weeks. more

What Middletown Area School District is doing to keep its students safe: Lori Suski

The horrific act of violence that took place at a Florida high school on Valentine’s Day took the lives of 17 innocent students and staff. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Parkland … more
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