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Leanings cannot be reduced to genetics

Increasingly, the intellectual consensus seems to be that our political leanings are hardwired in our genes. There is some excellent research behind this thinking, and I’ve come around to believing that DNA plays a bigger role in our political worldviews than many on the right or left are ...

Sex-creep club

Well, well, well. “Follow the facts,” Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi now advises fellow liberals in the wake of billionaire and high-flying political financier Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking indictment this past week. Some of “our faves” could be implicated in the ...

No one is a ‘total loser’

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan’s third congressional district as an Independent. In a Washington Post op-ed, he wrote: “I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The ...

Let’s energize our infrastructure

Up and down the East Coast, state lawmakers are fighting the Trump administration’s efforts to allow natural gas and oil development in the Atlantic. These politicians recently adopted a novel tactic — they’re blocking construction of onshore pipelines, terminals, and other energy ...

Control over communication — and the civil population

Control over communication is rightly seen as the keystone as to who controls the civil population. The gatekeepers to the media control public opinion. From the time that cave people drew pictures of hunters on the interior walls of their hideouts, homo sapiens have been conveying messages ...

US women are winners, not victims

The women of the U.S. national soccer team are famous for being extraordinary athletes, repeat world champions — and plaintiffs. The team’s lawsuit alleging pay discrimination against the U.S. Soccer Federation has done much to define its identity. A nearly perfect run through the World ...

Step up support to clean rivers, streams

Pennsylvania is in the process of updating its Clean Water Blueprint to protect and restore rivers and streams critical to our economy, citizens, and quality of life. The plan, formally known as the Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan, must specify the actions the Commonwealth will take ...

The noble ideals of America’s founding

Amid the fireworks and cookouts, America’s birthday party is infused with the inspiring rhetoric from our nation’s founding document. The Declaration of Independence reminds us that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with “certain unalienable rights.” These include ...

An assault on Western civilization

Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from government to science. Judeo-Christian morality has ...

A bold ideology to unite us

Despite today’s polarizing political climate, and our prickly tendency to bicker, I hereby declare a bold ideology that unites us in agreement: • That when you visit a park, it is clean, safe, and ready to use. • That when your family goes swimming, the lifeguards are well-trained and ...

We need to fully fund conservation program

As many of us head out on our summer vacations, sightseeing and picnics, it’s the perfect time to celebrate America’s commitment to preserving the outdoors and our access to it. But protecting and maintaining these iconic outdoor destinations doesn’t happen by accident — it requires ...

Unintended consequences of summer of ’19

At least three score years ago, my savvy precinct committeewoman impressed upon me an immutable political truth: Every election is not about the candidate(s); no, every election is about the voters ... and about the future. I’m relieved that my precinct committeewoman was not around to hear ...

Biden’s vulnerability or the Democrats’?

Sen. Kamala Harris demonstrated rare skill during the debate — managing to shiv Joe Biden and look nice doing it. By adopting the language of “hurt” instead of anger, she finessed the problem that usually attends launching an unprovoked attack: that it may harm the perpetrator as much ...

Tough actions count more

WASHINGTON — During a single visit to Asia, President Trump embraced not one, not two, but three dictators. He became the first American president to set foot in North Korea, where he praised his “great friendship” with North Korea’s despotic leader, Kim Jong Un; he held another ...

Do Dems care about vets, middle class?

It’s official. Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez confirms the Party fully endorses free health care for illegal immigrants. That puts illegals ahead of veterans struggling to qualify for civilian care, middle-class working stiffs priced out of Obamacare and baby boomers facing the likelihood ...

The debates’ biggest losers? American taxpayers

WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris of California may have been the breakout winner of the Democratic presidential debates, but there was one clear loser: the American taxpayer. These were the most expensive presidential debates in American history. Never have so many candidates proposed to spend ...

Brandon Park’s conversion

Brandon Park in the 1960s was a tale of two treasures. With Packer Street serving as a Mason-Dixon Line snaking through the middle, there was the “upper half” of the park, pristine and full of rose arbors and trees and shade that comes with growth measured in centuries. We knew of this ...

Improved permitting, a key step in moving state economy forward

The Pennsylvania Senate should be applauded for its decision to confirm Secretary Patrick McDonnell for another term at the helm of the Department of Environmental Protection, and Gov. Wolf deserves credit for keeping a steady hand at the wheel of this important agency. Secretary McDonnell has ...

The lemon is squeezed dry

There’s something attractive in the party names in the Supreme Court’s decision on the relationship between government and religion: American Legion v. American Humanist Association. Both organizations, the veterans group formed after World War I and the secular humanist group founded the ...

Reparations: How not to foster racial harmony

About reparations, a skeptical President Barack Obama in 2016 told reparations proponent Ta-Nehisi Coates that it would divide the country. Obama said: “It is hard to think of any society in human history in which a majority population has said that as a consequence of historic wrongs, we are ...