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More needed to ensure high-speed broadband

Late last year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed two pieces of legislation that will help deploy broadband to our state’s rural areas. Act 98 of 2020 relaxed restrictions on the ability of Pennsylvania electric cooperatives, cable companies and other entities to attach broadband units ...

The new president’s toughest job: A polarized America

If the months since the November elections have shown us anything, it’s that the US is more deeply divided than we’ve experienced in a very long time. It’s reached the point where, rather than take pleasure in the success of a politician elected to the presidency, you have to keep your ...

Doctors: ‘We simply do not have adequate vaccine supplies’

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. David Lopatofsky, chief medical officer, UPMC in the Susquehanna Region, agrees with and supports the following statement shared by his colleagues on the Southwestern PA Regional Chief Medical Officer Consortium. “While UPMC is encouraged by the public’s eagerness ...

Reflecting on our challenges and finding a way forward

Reflecting on this past week has been tough. It started with losing a friend and colleague who was only 42 to a brain aneurysm. Just a heart-breaking message to get. That made our swearing-in day bittersweet. While it was an honor to take the oath of office, seeing Rep. Mike Reese’s desk ...

Big tech mutes free speech: Is this who we want to become?

“Our election was hijacked.” That’s a tweet. From Rep. Nancy Pelosi. In May 2017. Imagine a world without Twitter, Facebook and Parler. Oops, we don’t have to imagine a world without Parler. A consortium of Amazon, Twitter, Facebook and other non-elected editors of our discourse ...

A Call to Arms

The history of violence in the United States political history is long and sordid. Whether it was the Whiskey Rebellion, whose perpetrators were ultimately tried in Washington DC, or the Bonus March during the Great Depression, the District of Columbia has known its share of violence. In 1968, ...

What would Ben Franklin do?

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, will mark Benjamin Franklin’s birthday anniversary, 315 years ago. Last week’s insurrection at the Capitol reminded me of Franklin’s actions in January 1764, when he led a delegation to meet armed insurgents marching to Philadelphia. The so-called Paxton Boys were ...

It’s up to the General Assembly to distribute relief funds to businesses

Business owners and their employees have worked hard to protect their customers and their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I want to thank all of those who have prioritized health and safety despite the hardship of the past several months. COVID-19 spreads most easily and ...

Mitigation orders cripples struggling industries

In a year of seemingly unending challenges for businesses across the state, Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest mitigation orders will tragically be the final death knell for many, particularly in the hospitality industry. Banning indoor dining – along with the forced closure of gyms, theaters and ...

Standing up for election integrity

Today, Congress will meet in a joint session of the House of Representatives and Senate to count the Electoral College votes. I will object to the certification of Pennsylvania’s electors due to unconstitutional actions taken by Gov. Tom Wolf, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, and the ...

False hope for Christmas from the governor

About a month after issuing his latest job-crushing orders to the state’s restaurants, bars and other small businesses, Gov. Tom Wolf held a press event two days before Christmas to announce he was “initiating a transfer of funds” to provide relief to businesses struggling because of ...

Oh, Pennsylvania!

O’ Pennsylvania! Where do we go from here? The year is new, yet the times remain uncertain and difficult. O’ Pennsylvania! Where to do we go from here? Sometimes we have to step back before we can move forward, so let us do so now at the outset of this new year. Let us stand back, ...

They had one job – COVID relief – and proved their dysfunction

They had one job. They includes President Trump, his administration, the House of Representatives and the Senate. The job was economic relief to businesses and individuals whose lives were impacted so harshly by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. How they handled this job tells you why ...

Education’s lost year

As the long, dark COVID-filled months stretch before us, and as schools scramble to respond to the latest curveballs thrown by the pandemic, the government must fully address the threats our school districts face moving forward. For an unprecedented educational catastrophe is looming and will ...

COVID-19 and collateral profits

It is beyond peradventure that COVID-19 is real, dangerous, highly infectious, and that it is wise to take precautions. These precautions involve masks and certainly not being around a high-risk population or in large crowds. Having said that, one cannot help but notice the extent to which ...

Whatever you believe

Whatever you believe, I hope you agree that, in this season of both hurt and hope, these holidays are meant for us all to recognize what we mean to each other. No more so than now, when a disease threatens all of us while our best defense against it outside of science is each of us. Do you ...

A tale of three governors

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s order of additional restrictions prior to Thanksgiving elicited expected responses from those who virtue signal their belief in science to those clutching their copy of the constitution close to their chest. However, the vehemence directed at Gov. Brown still caught ...

Spread holiday cheer by supporting small businesses

More than 69 percent of small business owners view the winter holiday season as their top sales opportunity. As the federal government’s voice for small business, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes how important it is to support our community entrepreneurs who have taken steps ...

When the mirror stares back this Christmas, what does it see?

“What the world needs now Is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing That there’s just too little of ...” Back in 1965, when you could understand the vocals the singer was singing, those were the defining lyrics of Jackie DeShannon’s chart-topping anthem, “What the world needs ...