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Who cares about you?

During my student days at a UCLA economics department faculty/graduate student coffee hour in the 1960s, I was chatting with Professor Armen Alchian, probably the greatest microeconomic theory economist of the 20th century. I was trying to impress Alchian with my knowledge of statistical type I ...

Ukraine: A political rerun

Back when reruns were a staple of summer programming, television networks aired repeats of their programs, giving viewers another opportunity to see what they had already seen. Democratic politicians are now conducting their own version of reruns. The same bunch who brought us the failed ...

Ban on natural gas development would reverse environmental progress

We applaud the Sun-Gazette for sharing the devastating impact that a hydraulic fracturing ban, as proposed by some presidential candidates, would have on consumers, our economy, the environment and our national security (”Dem candidates being irresponsible by calling for ban against ...

Farmers’ clean water efforts

As first-generation dairy farmers in Juniata County, my wife, Marie and I believe you have to control the good things in your environment. It’s about being good stewards of the land, within the economics of that stewardship. I am grateful to have received the Dairying for Tomorrow award for ...

REAL ID is a real opportunity to do good

Oct. 1, 2020, is fast approaching. This is the date when you will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification to board commercial domestic aircraft, access a military installation and/or get into federal buildings that ...

Brazen acts of corruption

Media outlets recently reported the existence of a whistleblower complaint filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community against President Donald Trump. The IC encompasses all civilian and military employees and contractors who work for the federal government gathering domestic ...

Congress can stop surprise med bills

As Pennsylvania’s newest member of Congress, Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District, has a great opportunity to serve our district by becoming a champion for legislation to stop surprise medical bills. A sensible solution to this growing problem will help local families save money and support ...

Paying the college football stars?

Millions of us have watched our alma maters or favorite schools win or lose at college football, with pride and bragging rights rising and falling with results. No matter the outcome, there was a common sound blessing the institutions participating in major college football — cha ...

Knowing it all at 16

How much credibility should we give to a 16-year-old when considering her qualifications to lecture adults about science and an end-of-the-world scenario? Greta Thunberg has been dubbed by the media as a “climate change activist” and a teen “eco-warrior.” She was at the United Nations ...

Wait? Who’s trying to beat climate change?

The energy industry is waging war against climate change — and winning. The Environmental Partnership, a group of oil and gas firms dedicated to cutting greenhouse gas emissions, recently released its first annual progress report. The results are impressive — and showcase what happens ...

And now, time for a little retirement music

When the country marked the 50th anniversary of Woodstock earlier this year, I asked my dad, Daniel Farr, about his memories of the festival. He was only 15 when he made up some story about camping with his friends in order to go. I asked him what bands he liked the most at the show. “I ...

Will Congress have to learn to write laws again?

Congress needs to learn to do a better job of writing laws. That’s my conclusion after reviewing the legal debate over whether the Supreme Court should renounce the Chevron doctrine it unanimously promulgated (with three justices not participating) back in 1984. What is the Chevron ...

Strengthen our communities

Money is counted. But people count. I learned that lesson as the son of a small-town banker whose customers never forgot how my mother helped make their financial dreams come true. And I take it to heart as the president of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers, representing ...

No, don’t listen to Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg needs to get a grip. The celebrity teen climate activist addressed the United Nations and excoriated the assembled worthies for coming “to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.” Someone may have stolen ...

Don’t smile for the camera

A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom here. Great Britain is currently the most watched country in the Western world — watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, the police have erected more than 420,000 ...

Before a disaster: Be prepared, have plan

We can’t choose when a disaster is going to strike. But knowing what to do when an emergency happens — and having a plan ready — can make all the difference. September is National Preparedness Month. PPL Electric Utilities recommends using these tips to develop a plan for your ...

What do progressives have against vaporous substances?

In the classic 1979 comedy “The Jerk,” Steve Martin plays a very dumb guy who often misses the point. In one scene, while he’s working as a gas station attendant, an assassin tries to kill him with a high-powered rifle. When the bullets start whizzing past his head and popping holes in ...

‘Be prepared, not scared’

In the past year, Pennsylvanians have experienced an unprecedented amount of rain and flooding in areas that have never flooded before, causing increased concern over the preparedness of Pennsylvanians. A recent study conducted by PEMA revealed that only 26 percent of Pennsylvanians age 65 and ...

Reparations talk

Three Democratic candidates for president, Julian Castro, Cory Booker and Marianne Williamson, have declared support for the idea of slavery reparations. A number of others have said they’d vote for a bill sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee to create a Commission to Study and Develop ...

Kirk, the best brother ever

My brother, Kirk Randolph Elder, died suddenly and unexpectedly, 16 days before his 70th birthday. He and Tresta, his wife of 41 years, had planned a trip to Hawaii, where they were going to celebrate Kirk’s birthday. Kirk was a retired supervisor at an oil refinery, and we were extremely ...