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Opinion

An ethical investment?

Opinion

Saudi oil giant Aramco — the world’s most profitable company — issued its first public offering in December. The IPO has reenergized debate around whether it-s ethical to invest in oil and natural gas companies. Green activists say no. Their organizations have worked for several years ...

Pipeline hate is misplaced

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At the age of 16, Swedish student Greta Thunberg admonished global leaders at last year’s United Nations: “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” But it’s her parents who are ...

What went wrong? Iowa experiment does not bode well

Editorials

Patience, urged Republican Party officials in Iowa earlier this week. Give the Democrats time to ensure results of political party caucuses on nominees for president are reported accurately. Give GOP officials credit for adopting a “there but for the grace of God go I” policy. But ...

Will functionality, simplicity prevail in South schools?

Editorials

Another school building project is in the works, and taxpayers are being vocal about their concerns. They have every right to be concerned. It is difficult to wrap your mind around why so much money is spent on major building projects in district after district during a time of declining ...

Stepping around human misery

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Attending a meeting near Union Station in Washington, D.C., requires me to park a few blocks away and then walk under a bridge to an office building. People in business attire, like me, step carefully around the homeless men and women who have pitched tents under the bridge. They look filthy ...

After Trump acquittal, what’s next?

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Just because the Senate is about to acquit President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” don’t think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun. Next is a campaign to ...

Questions linger but one thing is certain: Nichols contributed much

Editorials

William J. “Bill” Nichols Jr. served the City of Williamsport over numerous administrations, both Democratic and Republican. Amid his 40 years with the city, he advanced to not only the head of River Valley Transit but also stepped in and accepted the dual role of city finance director. ...

A Sanders sweep?

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The old becomes the new. It’s less than a week from of the Iowa caucuses, and Bernie Sanders, born in September 1941, three months before Pearl Harbor, leads the RealClearPolitics average of recent polls by 4 points in Iowa, 10 points in New Hampshire and 5 points in the biggest delegate ...

Flannel and Frost: Foundation serves up so much more

Editorials

They called it “Flannel and Frost,” but a recent event of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania might have been called “Flannel, Frost and Festive Funding.” Centered around a hot chocolate contest, the event brought out about 100 people to cast votes for their ...

The PRO Act is bad for employees, economy

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Politicians constantly talk about how they are “pro-jobs.” But you cannot be pro-jobs and anti-business, nor can you be pro-jobs and anti-worker. An upcoming vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act will provide a clear litmus test of which ...

Watchdog for waste sets $160,000 worth of bad example

Editorials

So, a state agency in charge of investigating wasteful spending and fraud has been found to be wasting $160,000. That sounds about right. The state inspector general’s office purchased pistols, ammunition and other related equipment following a law passed in 2017 that expanded the ...

A primer on the separation of powers

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The president of the United States is on trial in the Senate. It is an impeachment trial and, thus far, has consisted of remarks made by impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, who have argued that the president should be removed from office for abuse of power and contempt of ...

Is it time to do comprehensive review of how we use military?

Editorials

The Associated Press reported this past week that U.S. officials are considering reductions in the number of our military personnel in Africa, at a time when extremist violence is increasing on the continent. Such consideration is “a move that worries (U.S.) international partners who are ...

Nonstop election campaigns

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I love Ireland for its natural beauty, its people, its food (some of it), its music, its writers and especially its elections, which are shorter, less costly and designed to engage citizens and boost voter turnout. On January 14, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called a general election for ...

A sea of viruses, bacteria rising — are we concerned?

Editorials

We are told frequently that we ought to be worried about the seas rising, because of climate change. But another type of sea — of viruses and bacteria — also is rising. Ought we to be as complacent as we clearly are about it? At this writing, Chinese officials had said the death ...

Super Sunday: 53 years of photographic memory

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In the beginning, there was the American Football League and the National Football League. The teams performed on separate networks — a sports Cold War. By the mid-1960s, the rebellious AFL leaders convinced NFL and TV suits that a game between champions of the leagues would bring ...

Out with the old, in with the new

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After Derek Slaughter’s inauguration as Mayor, I wondered how long Bill Nichols would last. Not very long, as it turned out. In with the new and out with the old. I worked with Bill on a few issues over the years, but mainly with respect to City Redevelopment which brought to the City ...

Don’t let burn pits become another Agent Orange

Editorials

The military used open burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan for years to get rid of all sorts of waste amid warfare. They openly burned everything from chemicals, paint, plastics, rubber and wood to discarded food, medical and human waste, metal and aluminum cans, munitions and other unexploded ...

Let’s prioritize state medical assistance for vulnerable seniors

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OK, Boomer! This is the latest insult intended to dismiss and devalue the opinions of older adults, including here in Pittsburgh and across Pennsylvania. The words indicate that advice or suggestions from a previous generation are unwanted because their time to be relevant has come and gone. ...