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Adrift

Recently there was a sharp uptick in speculation that President Trump is a few fries shy of a Happy Meal. Obviously, this is not the first time the idea has popped up that the commander in chief’s cheese might have slid off his cracker. Early in his presidency, and again in 2018, there was ...

They’ve lost their minds in San Francisco

San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets and a place you might not want to visit, much less live. The latest, but surely not the last demonstration of insanity, is San Francisco’s Board of ...

Bill in Congress carries unintended consequences for state small businesses

A bill in Congress meant to help police unearth global criminals who form shell companies in the United States for illicit activities sounds laudable on the surface. But it would create great hardship for hundreds of thousands of law-abiding small business owners across the country, with little ...

Looking ahead to the 2020 election

Seventy-five percent of Republican voters believe it really doesn’t matter who the Democrats nominate because none of them will beat Donald Trump in next year’s election. On the other hand, ScottRasmussen.com polling found that 49 percent of Democratic voters say it really doesn’t matter ...

Consider injustice of forced union dues

As you shop for back-to-school supplies for your kids or food for the Labor Day cookout, consider this: the clerks, shelf stockers, truck drivers, and factory workers who make that possible can all be legally forced to pay money to a union or else be fired. Why? Because Pennsylvania is one of ...

Broadband: We can’t afford to wait

Imagine the following scenarios: A sixth grader, who is trying to finish an online project, can only complete this assignment while sitting in her parent’s car in the parking lot of her school. A physician, whose patient lives more than an hour away, wants to utilize remote patient ...

The collision between ‘in the beginning’ and minimum wage

In the beginning, there was the job cleaning toilets, collapsing boxes and pressing clothes at the family clothing business. The pay was, uh, negotiated. Then there was the college summer job of lawn mowing and landscaping, with its customer base built through Sun-Gazette classified ads and ...

The end of 30-year China engagement?

Will the demonstrations in Hong Kong come to be seen as the end of a 30-year period, beginning with the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, of the American-Chinese economic engagement and entanglement christened “Chimerica” by historian Niall Ferguson? Quite possibly, and without regard ...

Trade war shows reality of ‘America First’ in action

WASHINGTON — In a trade war, as in a real one, people are wounded by friendly fire from their side. Consider some casualties in Donald Trump’s “easy to win” — his promise — trade war. Begin with the company whose green machines bear the name of the blacksmith who, in the 1830s in ...

My Instagram growth

My radio colleague Dennis Prager heads a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization called Prager University. It shares five-minute educational videos from a conservative perspective. There have been over 2 billion views. No sex. No profanity. No chase scenes. But YouTube has placed ...

Labor Day

In 1893, Samuel Gompers, the first president of the American Federation of Labor, was asked, “What does labor want?” Today, our union movement finds ourselves faced with that same question, albeit more than 125 years later, as eyes across the country turn to see what union members have to ...

Economic reality matters more

Market signals and several analysts recently suggested that the odds were increasing for a recession in 2020. Given that 73 percent of voters consider the economy a very important voting issue, it’s no surprise that the new economic assessment quickly generated an intense political debate. ...

Trump’s idea of buying Greenland far from absurd

WASHINGTON — President Trump is upset that Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called his interest in purchasing Greenland “absurd.” Her dismissive response should have come as no surprise. In 1946, when President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland, Secretary of State James ...

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 ...

Why is North America mimicking Western Europe?

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Spending a few weeks away from Europe over the summer, it’s impossible not to notice the ways in which the U.S. and Canada insist on copycatting various aspects of Western European life. First up: the summer ritual called “Diner en Blanc.” Launched in ...