Opinion

'Trigger warnings': Keep it real

A recent National Public Radio survey of 800 college educators revealed that roughly half have utilized so-called "trigger warnings" — notes to students about sensitive ...

The home health care ruling: A pig & a poke

Commonwealth Court got it right when it struck down Gov. Tom Wolf's odorous executive order that would allow unionization of home health care workers — ...

Laurels & Lances

On the "Watch List": • Unionized professors at state-owned universities. They're threatening a walkout on Oct. 19 over disputed contract negotiations. And this, they say, ...

Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances

Lance: To the Plum school board. Members won't get out from under the cloud of a teacher sex scandal by voting 4-3 to reinstate Superintendent ...

The 9/11 lawsuit bill: Override justified

Congressional leaders moved swiftly Wednesday to override President Obama's veto of a bill that would allow the families of victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi ...

The Thursday wrap

Last month's bombings in New York and New Jersey may be precursors to future terrorist acts, according to a confidential government report obtained by The ...


Tips for the NFL

We all know that the NFL has a number of problems that range from trying to improve player safety; conducting meaningless preseason games while making ...

Democratic Party has changed

Raised in a family that always voted for Democrats, I was surprised to learn in my college economics classes that the federal government dictating and ...

Standing up for Halvorson

Recently there were four of us who resigned from the Franklin County Republican Committee to openly endorse Art Halvorson for Congress. But there is a ...

'Crony capitalism' questioned

May I give you a factual take-away regarding the Export-Import Bank ("The Export-Import end run")? As chairman of a small public company, I continually deal ...

Liberty Bridge lesson

There is a constant clamoring among the business community as well as the Republican and Libertarian parties to do away with job-killing federal regulations generated ...

Bullying solution: Parents

Bullying has become a bigger issue than many care to see. The lack of the responsibility placed on the parents of the bully is truly sad ...




Some questions about sexual orientation

North Carolina's legislature passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which mandates a statewide policy banning individuals from using public bathrooms that do not ...

The debate I heard

Something's wrong with me. I watched Monday's presidential debate. But what I heard was different from what Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton seemed to say. When ...

Bogus grades are no 'favor' for minorities

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry ...

Trump's tax problem

Relishing a debate win, Hillary Clinton was back on the trail Tuesday. The debate did not allow for heartfelt moments (staving off Donald Trump's interruptions ...

ObamaCare: We need to start over

Having fully embraced the increasingly troubled Affordable Care Act, Hillary Clinton is surely hoping health reform remains a side issue this presidential campaign. But recent ...

Making America more secure

What are we to make of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the primary suspect in the latest terrorist assault on the U.S., one that involved multiple bombs ...

Mob mentality in Charlotte

Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, "This is what democracy ...

Choosing between optimism & pessimism

This presidential season Americans have been treated to the usual outrageous campaign promises and extraordinary candidate alibis about past transgressions. But those pale in comparison ...

More terror & denials

Following the bombings in New York and New Jersey, Donald Trump referred to the captured bombing suspect, Ahmad Khan Rahami, as an "evil thug." He ...

U.N.'s refugee sanctimony

Another United Nations summit in New York. Another finger-wagging extravaganza. As America reels from the latest terrorist attacks by Muslim refugees and immigrants in New ...

Trump, Clinton symptoms of a disease

Presidential elections bring out the worst in the American people, who every four years manage to forget everything they know about human nature. In their ...

Road to ruin

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is America's first superhighway. It also has become one of the most expensive roads in the country to travel. If you're ...

The evolving art of storytelling

Forget newspapers. And the television. The radio. The Internet. All of it. The revelation of the modern news age: Stories matter more than where ...

Candidates' Supreme picks

Hillary Clinton and her fellow progressives shout things like, "Health care is a right!" They've also said that education, decent housing and child care are ...

'Free' college comes with $350 billion price tag

Hillary Clinton's free college plan is long on promises but short on specifics — like who'll pay for it. Maybe the Clinton Foundation could foot ...