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Shootout demonstrates failure of gun control

The dramatic shootout between Philadelphia police and a suspect later identified as having a long criminal history that precluded him from possessing firearms stands as just the latest example in an unbroken line of gun control failures, which no proponent of such restrictive measures has ever ...

Medicine in the time of climate change

I have been practicing medicine as a nephrologist for 25 years. I’ve spent most of that time living and working in Central PA. I love it here — the people, the landscapes, the towns. Retirement is on my 10-year horizon, and I’m looking squarely ahead at that point now. I have this ...

Must the show go on?

We are in Week 2 of the president of the United States and his communications director of six days feuding on Twitter and cable TV. The Trump-Scaramucci smackdown has, at times, distracted from the Trump-Denmark fight, which has been eclipsed, in its turn, by the Trump-Omar/Tlaib battle that ...

More spying and lying

While most of us have been thinking about the end of summer and while the political class frets over the Democratic presidential debates and the aborted visit of two members of Congress to Israel, the Trump administration has quietly moved to extend and make permanent the government’s ...

EPA rule may wreck engines this summer

The Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the year-round sale of E15, a gasoline blend comprised of 15-percent ethanol. Until now, the agency had banned the mixture during summer months, since high-ethanol blends react with hot air to form smog. Most cars can’t handle this ...

Real ID – it’s for real; sign up!

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the Real ID Law will be enforced across the country. This means that in order to board a domestic commercial airline flight, all citizens will need Real ID-compliant licenses, identification cards or other forms of federally acceptable identification. By other forms ...