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The human side of immigration

There is a human side to immigration at the United States and Mexican border. Thousands of migrants are crossing the border of the United States experiencing despair on their journey to our country but still remaining hopeful upon their arrival. From my perspective, there is a humanitarian ...

Pennsylvania’s unaffiliated voters deserve a voice

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly heads back to Harrisburg to take up the commonwealth’s business, a priority for their fall agenda should be passing Senate Bill 300. This proposal would enable Pennsylvania’s unaffiliated voters to have a voice in casting votes in either the Republican ...

Winging it

In one sense, the Syria debacle is a singular moment in the Trump presidency, and arguably in American history. I can’t think of another momentous decision by a commander in chief that was instantly recognizable as a disaster for which the president was entirely to blame. Even if you think ...

The president’s personality

Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. That is not the same as wanting him impeached, much less convicted by the Senate and removed from office, but it represents a momentum the ...

The NBA salutes its Chinese overlords

Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords. The NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the general manager of the Houston Rockets, ...

Save the planet? Try fossil fuels first

Calls for a “Green” New Deal, premised on a looming climate crisis, have turned one of America’s two major political parties against all fossil fuels, even natural gas. But Democrats fail to mention that economic freedom, human ingenuity, and affordable energy have done much to minimize ...

Idiotic environmental predictions

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you ...

Trump channels George McGovern

The year was 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War; the right because it was not being won and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about “progress” toward defeating the communists. Democratic presidential candidate George ...

The presidency and war power

Readers of this column are familiar with the concept of the separation of powers, which James Madison crafted as integral to the Constitution. That concept mandates that Congress writes the laws, the president enforces them, the courts decide what they mean and interpret them, and the three ...

‘Give me that old-time religion’

We give and take advice on a daily basis. Yet seldom do you give advice to someone 200 years in advance. But when James Burns in Ireland wrote to his son James in America in 1796, I felt he was speaking to me today. He wrote: “Dear Son, Think that this world is not your home, but that one ...

Scaling the mental disorder mountain

It was recently announced with great fanfare that Pennsylvania has received an additional $75 million in federal aid to fight the opioid addiction crisis in the state. About $56 million of it will go to Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol programs. The money also will help extend ...

Democrats’ Twilight Zone

A 1961 “Twilight Zone” episode starred Peter Falk as a Central American revolutionary whose paranoia eventually leads to his destruction. The dictator he has deposed tells him about a mirror given to him by “an old woman,” a mirror that will show him who’s plotting to assassinate him. ...

Grandparents are raising their grandchildren

All across Pennsylvania, grandparents are stepping up to provide care for their grandchildren as a result of the devastating opioid crisis or other difficult circumstances. In fact, there are currently an estimated 89,000 households statewide where older Pennsylvanians are caring for ...

Grid of the future

The world is changing fast and the electric power grid is no exception. New technologies will produce more changes in the grid over the next 10 years than during the prior century. For the longest time, power flowed just one way: from the power plants, across transmission lines, to ...

Trump’s defenders have adopted a doctrine of infallibility

There’s a reason people think President Trump has a cult of personality, but it may not be the reason you think. Yes, there are those who think Trump was delivered to us by God and that his decisions and actions are imbued with divine providence and authority. But that sort of stuff is ...

Green breakthroughs from unlikely source

Environmentalists just got some great news. America’s power plants will emit 2.3 percent less carbon dioxide this year compared to 2018. Even better, emissions will continue falling next year, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This progress ...

Trump’s effort to damage Biden could backfire badly

Is President Trump going to get Joe Biden elected? Opinions vary widely on how to characterize Trump’s now-infamous conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The president believes it was “perfect” and “beautiful.” In the middle are those who think it was bad and ...

‘I am not a crook’

“I am not a crook.” Richard Nixon made that statement during a press conference in Orlando, Florida, related to the Watergate break-in and the scandal which consumed his administration. That morphed into the Clintonesque “I did not have sex with that woman.” Thanks to Larry Flint ...

Human trafficking is slavery

The history books tell us that slavery officially ended in the United States on Dec. 6, 1865, when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. However, the prevalence of human trafficking cases across the country tells us that slavery lives on. In fact, the U.S. Department of ...

‘Every’ and ‘all’

The debate about political power and authority among those who profess the Christian faith has raged since the 1st century. In modern America, the debate raged throughout Jimmy Carter’s presidency and more recently through the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The debate now ...