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Good luck taxing wealthy Pennsylvanians when they’re gone

Widespread shortages. Economic tumult. Disappearing businesses. When Ayn Rand released her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, in 1957, her critics considered it a work of fiction. She did not. Her art is now imitating life in Pennsylvania. Fiction or not, Rand was prescient. She predicted a world ...

We are a moderate country – and that’s the way to solve our problems

The Gallup organization has been polling people for several decades asking them what their political leanings are. The latest results from a poll conducted with 18,000 adults in 2020 show 35 percent of respondents view themselves as moderates, 36 percent view themselves as conservative and 25 ...

Thinking about risk

We live in a world full of hazards. A hazard is anything that has the potential to harm or kill us. Tall ladders, sharp knives, hornet nests – all are hazards. Risk = Hazard + Exposure. When we climb a tall ladder, whittle with a sharp knife, or knock down a hornet nest, they become risks. ...

Nursing shortage can be fixed by speeding up the licensing process

Pennsylvania is currently enduring one of the worst nurse shortages in the nation. A shocking one in four nursing positions went unfilled last year — a trend experts predict will worsen, with an estimated shortfall of 20,000 nurses by 2026. Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is doing little ...

I was Lycoming County’s COVID-19 ‘Patient Zero’

On March 6, 2020, I made the decision to go to Brooklyn for a festival. There were 245 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US. The chances of me meeting one of them was more than one in a million. I ended up with COVID. I was ventilated, placed on ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation,) ...

The importance of starting early

A growing budget deficit, currently at 2 million dollars. Expenses growing faster than revenues by at least double the rate. The debt obligation paid out of the general fund growing due to the Attorney General’s investigation of RVT’s prior misappropriation of funds, with additional ...