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The past several weeks have not been kind to Democrats, and if they are unable to pass their sweeping domestic legislative agenda, at least in some form, things could go from bad to worse.

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Most of us live in a climate that has changing seasons. Depending on your articulation, you may start with spring, then summer, fall, and winter. These four seasons are recognized, celebrated, and denigrated by personal preference. Each season brings with it inherent likes and dislikes. The …

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In an essay nine years ago, Eric Liu, a former White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, said that civics – as in high school history and social studies – was “unsexy.”

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On Sept. 23, 1956, 44,932 “bug-eyed” fans (as Bob Prince would say) squeezed into Forbes Field, which had seating for only 34,249 of them.

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I can never outdo the prose of Shakespeare, but to steal a line, here goes: “To drink or not to drink, that is the question.” I’m not referring to milk, orange juice, flavored water, or chicken broth, but instead the proverbial consumption of alcohol in its various forms.

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Down Alabama way, a coal miners’ strike, now in its fourth month, echoes strikes in the coal fields of Western Pennsylvania in the 20th century.

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As I browse through social media, I find a lot of amusing things to read and see. And friendly correspondences with a variety of people who I may or may not have much, if anything in common. I seriously tend toward easy humor postings, family, and affirming comments to those who have negativ…

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A Republican running for Northampton County executive in Pennsylvania gave a heated address on Aug. 29 about mask mandates in schools. Steve Lynch is tired, he said, of providing his school board arguments and data (he apparently thinks the data support letting kids go maskless), but the important thing about his rant is the threat of force: "Forget into these school boards with frigging data. ... They don't follow the law! You go in and you remove 'em. I'm going in there with 20 strong men."

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President Biden’s meeting with the families of the 13 service members killed by ISIS-K terrorists at the Kabul airport during the recent airlifts out of Afghanistan was difficult, we are told.

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A lot of mileage has been gotten for comedians about marriage. And a lot of money has been had by counselors for trouble spots. The vows we know: for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer and any combination thereof. These are the basics known across our cultur…

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It’s too bad George Marshall never became president of the United States. If he had, Uniontown today might have a presidential library. Tourists (and scholars) would be knocking themselves silly to get here, clogging the sidewalks, spending money.

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In 1980, I was making $18,000 a year with no significant benefits. That year we were driving a built-in-Westmoreland County, diesel Volkswagen because it got over 40 miles to the gallon. We were buying a house for around $70K that was all electric. Because we couldn’t afford an all electric …

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The trillion-dollar project to plant Western democracy in a Muslim nation historically fabled for driving out imperial intruders has crashed and burned after 20 years, and the Taliban are suddenly back in power.

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Think of all the titles that are bandied about: president, governor, senator, ambassador, judge, coach, captain, general, supervisor, manager, C.E.O, chef, doctor, professor, Mr., Mrs., and the list could go on. Titles and their positions have inherent responsibilities. They mostly deal with…

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Gov. Tom Wolf failed last week in a push to extend the state’s opioid disaster declaration, while prosecutors ramped up pressure to ensure drug companies can be punished for their role in the crisis.

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The struggle over an infrastructure bill in Congress may have a way to go. But rest assured, there’s a professional in the White House who’s determined to see it across the finish line.