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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 ...

The on-the-job coverage rip-off

Employer-provided health plans now cost a gigantic $20,576 a year for family coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Technically, the employer pays most of it, but labor costs are labor costs. The more that’s spent on benefits the less can go to wages. In reality, it’s ...

He walks where he chooses to walk

Years ago, when the great American socialist Norman Thomas was speaking at the University of Virginia, he was cross-examined by a self-satisfied undergraduate who charged that Thomas’ call for universal health insurance, federal civil rights laws and federal aid to education were all backed ...

Who cares about you?

During my student days at a UCLA economics department faculty/graduate student coffee hour in the 1960s, I was chatting with Professor Armen Alchian, probably the greatest microeconomic theory economist of the 20th century. I was trying to impress Alchian with my knowledge of statistical type I ...

Ukraine: A political rerun

Back when reruns were a staple of summer programming, television networks aired repeats of their programs, giving viewers another opportunity to see what they had already seen. Democratic politicians are now conducting their own version of reruns. The same bunch who brought us the failed ...

Ban on natural gas development would reverse environmental progress

We applaud the Sun-Gazette for sharing the devastating impact that a hydraulic fracturing ban, as proposed by some presidential candidates, would have on consumers, our economy, the environment and our national security (”Dem candidates being irresponsible by calling for ban against ...

Farmers’ clean water efforts

As first-generation dairy farmers in Juniata County, my wife, Marie and I believe you have to control the good things in your environment. It’s about being good stewards of the land, within the economics of that stewardship. I am grateful to have received the Dairying for Tomorrow award for ...

REAL ID is a real opportunity to do good

Oct. 1, 2020, is fast approaching. This is the date when you will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, photo ID card, or another form of federally acceptable identification to board commercial domestic aircraft, access a military installation and/or get into federal buildings that ...

Brazen acts of corruption

Media outlets recently reported the existence of a whistleblower complaint filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community against President Donald Trump. The IC encompasses all civilian and military employees and contractors who work for the federal government gathering domestic ...

Congress can stop surprise med bills

As Pennsylvania’s newest member of Congress, Rep. Fred Keller, R-12th District, has a great opportunity to serve our district by becoming a champion for legislation to stop surprise medical bills. A sensible solution to this growing problem will help local families save money and support ...

Paying the college football stars?

Millions of us have watched our alma maters or favorite schools win or lose at college football, with pride and bragging rights rising and falling with results. No matter the outcome, there was a common sound blessing the institutions participating in major college football — cha ...

Knowing it all at 16

How much credibility should we give to a 16-year-old when considering her qualifications to lecture adults about science and an end-of-the-world scenario? Greta Thunberg has been dubbed by the media as a “climate change activist” and a teen “eco-warrior.” She was at the United Nations ...