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Protecting consumers from municipal ideologues

Last month, seven environmental groups wrote a misguided letter to Philadelphia officials bashing legislation that I sponsored as counterintuitive to the city’s decarbonization goals. In October, six Democrats, including two from the southeast corner of the state, joined all 28 Republicans ...

COVID-19, rescue treatments and what an ounce of prevention is worth

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” And still, it is, even though much of this article will be about the new rescue treatments for COVID-19. The word “rescue” means being saved from a dangerous situation, and rescue is what we hope can happen when we get seriously ill. ...

Officials should look for opportunities for expanded role for private sector

For the entirety of my political life, which is a long time since my parents were very active in politics, I have heard about the debate between the role of government as opposed to the duty of the private sector. Two recent incidents are demonstrative of the difficulty of making the marriage ...

The realities of 2021 cannot be the new normal of 2022

Imagine a country in which rampant crime can overrun cities in broad daylight. Imagine citizens harassed for trying to buy a burger without showing vaccination papers. Imagine Afghan people falling from the sky while unsuccessfully hanging from fleeing American planes. Imagine border ...

‘No news is good news’

“No news is good news.” These are the words my husband spoke to comfort me through the years, whether it was to calm my worries about one of our kids missing curfew, the health of a family member or whether the rising creek would flood our property. He took things in stride and kept a ...

COVID-19 as a new year begins — looking back, moving ahead

An anniversary has just occurred. In mid-December 2019 people in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China started falling ill, their main symptoms being shortness of breath and fever. On December 31 China notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of these mysterious pneumonia cases. Nine days later the ...