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Responding to a ‘blizzard of lies’

It’s snowing in April. Not literally, but Nathan Benefield’s recent commentary (April 18) was a blizzard of lies about the hardworking educators and support professionals who work in Pennsylvania public schools and the union that represents them. I was particularly stunned to read his ...

A reluctant teacher becomes an appreciative teacher

Recently, I assumed the role of a reluctant teacher. I am involved in an organization called Days of Remembrance. This marvelous group was started by some retired non-Jewish history teachers who were amazed that their students knew little or nothing about the Holocaust. The organization has ...

Vaccine, masks, medications biggest steps in controlling COVID-19

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to put COVID-19 in the rearview mirror? Don’t we have enough other life-threatening problems to focus our attention? When is it okay to be normal? Well, there is good news about COVID because the current Omicron variant, while very contagious, appears to cause ...

White House can’t shield middle class from ‘billionaire tax’ fallout

One of the most important lessons in tax policy is that the person who is handed the bill and sends the check to the taxman isn’t necessarily the person shouldering the entire cost — or even the bulk of the cost. A tax might first directly hit a few rich taxpayers, but it never remains ...

Biden’s inflation tax here to stay

It’s the day after Tax Day, but Americans have more on their minds than just their W-2s. Every American is facing an additional tax in the form of record-high inflation, spurred by 15 months of big government spending and unrelenting attacks on domestic energy production by the Biden ...

Special interests’ spending no help to students

Last month, after many delays, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released academic assessment results for 2021. The results were startling: over 47 percent of our eighth-graders aren’t proficient in reading, and a whopping 78 percent are below grade level in math. The trends show ...