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Public records being turned over, but some with heavy edits

(EDITOR’S NOTE — This is the first of four parts on a survey of how local government agencies and school districts in Pennsylvania are responding to requests for public records under the state Right-to-Know Law.) HARRISBURG — Government offices across Pennsylvania didn’t apply the ...

Helping loved ones handle grief through the holidays

If you know someone who has experienced the death of a loved one this year, the holiday season will likely be a challenge for him or her, and perhaps involve intense feelings of loss and sadness. You will naturally want to shield those from feeling sad. While this may seem like “the right ...

220 North

On a bitter winter morning in February 2015, rattled by hurricane winds and wind chills in the minus digits, I drove back to Lock Haven from Williamsburg, Va., where I had taken my daughter and two of her friends to the President’s Day soccer tournament. We had driven to Williamsburg after ...

Sadly, holidays a busy time for those who scam

Tired of your phone ringing with the callers trying everything under the sun to get into your bank account, to gain your Social Security number, to make you pay a purported bill under threat of a lawsuit or even prison? Yes ... we all are. Scams come in many different forms, and those who ...

It’s time to give thanks for the establishment media

Thank you, establishment media. You helped elect Donald J. Trump to the presidency of the United States. I will reference a few ways by which this was accomplished. Hillary Clinton had a 98 percent chance of becoming president, indicated by betting agencies, polls, and media ...

Q&A: Electors almost always follow vote in their state

  Opponents of President-elect Donald Trump are trying to persuade Republican electors to vote against him next month. A primer on the Electoral College and the roles of electors: WHAT IS THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE? It’s the 538 Americans who actually elect the ...

Goodbye, Facebook, you’re evil

Dear Facebook friends, if you don't see me gushing over the pix of your Thanksgiving pies, take no offense. It's not that your pie is a bore (though, frankly, it is). And it's not because I unfriended you. It's because Facebook has become a platform for the sort of fake news stories that ...

Winners and losers

By Lowman S. Henry One of the many quirks of our political system is that each year there are winners and losers among politicians whose names are not actually on the ballot. This year is no exception. Neither Gov. Tom Wolf nor State Senator Scott Wagner were up for election this year, ...

Facebook’s fake news problem: What is its responsibility?

Facebook is under fire for failing to rein in fake and biased news stories that some believe may have swayed the presidential election. Its predicament stems from this basic conundrum: It exercises great control over the news its users see, but it declines to assume the editorial ...

Why we need a new Democratic party

It is time for a new Democratic Party. The old Democratic Party has become a giant fundraising machine, too often reflecting the goals and values of the moneyed interests. It has been taken over by Washington-based bundlers, analysts and pollsters who have focused on raising campaign money ...

America’s strong and growing GOP

Political journalists totally dismissed the possibility of a victory by Donald Trump because they were looking in the wrong direction. Too many of them look to Washington, DC to explain what's happening in America. They've got it backwards. We should all look to America to explain what's ...

Trump vs. the federal bureaucracy

Donald Trump's triumph over Hillary Clinton presages an even bigger battle against the heart of the Democratic establishment: the federal workforce. This army of bureaucrats — almost 3 million strong — gave Clinton a large majority of their votes and over 90 percent of their campaign ...

Let’s help President-elect Trump fix immigration

Immigration was clearly the issue that galvanized many of Donald Trump's supporters. But if he is to try to unite the nation, he needs to think carefully about how to proceed. If he does it right, he could pleasantly surprise his critics, including me. Trump has repeatedly said he will ...

My ‘mourning’ after the election

When I opened my front door last Wednesday morning after little sleep and numb from a bad dream that wasn't a dream, a dreary rainfall glazed the sidewalk as two neighbors gazed blankly in my direction. As I leaned down to pick up my newspaper, a Carole King song filtered through my ...

Memo to Trump: ‘Action this day’

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN “In victory, magnanimity!” said Winston Churchill. Donald Trump should be magnanimous and gracious toward those whom he defeated this week, but his first duty is to keep faith with those who put their faith in him. The protests, riots and violence that have ...

Don’t forget about heating assistance

The start of November means the start of a program that’s brought cold-weather comfort to millions of people — including some here in Pennsylvania. You might know it as LIHEAP, though its full formal name is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. It’s a federally funded ...

An issue we should no longer ignore

Americans understand that our nation’s strength and security depend on its fiscal health. This may not be foremost on their minds right now, but rarely do I address a public meeting at which no one expresses concern about the federal debt and our general fiscal condition. We face an ...

Crossing the solid yellow line

(Writer’s Note: In this pre-election analysis, I point out that people will eventually do something. Thankfully, things haven’t been too violent yet, but I see angry talking heads on television who won’t accept Donald Trump.) By RALPH DOTTERER JR. A number of years ago, we saw ...

What ever happened to Americans’ sense of humor?

You’d think there'd have been more laughs. Hard-fought political campaigns drenched in sweat and tears usually produce moments of levity. But Americans seem to have lost their sense of humor, becoming late-night angry, frustrated and sick with anxiety. Mark Twain said: “The secret source ...

America: Still great

You can feel the tension. Strolling down the street, shopping at the corner market, stopping for a bite at the local tavern, friends and neighbors greet each other as usual but avoid the elephant sauntering around like he owns the place. It's best not to talk politics this close to the ...