Our Opinion: New wave of ethics initiatives arrives in Harrisburg
There may be hope yet for Harrisburg. Recent signs suggest that even lawmakers are grasping that the ethics situation in the state capital is taking its toll. Maybe they are hearing from constituents who are fed up with the commonwealth’s seemingly endless string of scandals.
Our Opinion: The Boston Marathon targeted with deadly bombs
The finish line of a foot race is not where one would expect a terrorist attack. But perhaps that was a key factor in the setting of two bombs Monday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Terrorism strives to spread fear and uncertainty by unexpected attacks.
Our Opinion: Republican and Democratic senators join on gun issue
Something very unexpected happened last week in the nation’s debate over guns. Two senators, conservative Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and conservative Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, announced a proposal that maybe, just maybe, may get somewhere.
Our Opinion: Cascade Center initiatives may entice followers
For years, the name Warner and the city of New Castle have been intertwined. That’s because the historical record indicates Warner Bros., of film fame, got its start showing movies in this community.
Our Opinion: Fate of liquor privatization is in hands of state Senate
In a few months, we may have a clearer picture of any likely changes to state liquor laws. That’s because the ball is now in the court of the Pennsylvania Senate, where compromise will be essential if anything of consequence emerges from that chamber.
Our Opinion: Doing away with major levy will have various consequences
What would Pennsylvania look like if there were no school property taxes? Quite different, in a variety of ways. Such a move would alter the state’s political, economic and educational landscape.
Our Opinion: Court should rule narrowly in two key cases
After the U.S. Supreme Court heard two major gay marriage cases last week, legal analysts reached a conclusion. Generally, they believe any rulings from the court will be narrow, and that the nation’s ongoing debate over gay marriage will proceed.
Our Opinion: What to do about Lawrence County’s falling population?
The population of Lawrence County is decreasing. That’s not exactly news, because it’s been happening for quite some time. How long? Official census data tells the disturbing tale.
Our Opinion: Tracking progress
It’s said an old Chinese curse goes: May you live in interesting times. That can be taken a lot of different ways, but we’re pretty sure the local saga over horse tracks and casinos falls into this category.
Our Opinion: Tougher penalties needed to beef up state ethics
Being a resident of Pennsylvania can take a lot out of you. Especially when it comes to matters dealing with public ethics and the overall integrity of the state’s political system.
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