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Although the sexual abuse allegations outlined in devastating detail in last year's grand jury report covered more than 1,000 child victims and more than 300 abusive clergy members, prompted inspection of archdiocesan files in other states and provoked international condemnation extending all the way from Pope Francis himself, the Pennsylvania General Assembly has yet to make any of the grand jury’s four recommendations law.

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Last week, Kathy and I took our young granddaughter to the beach. We all enjoyed the sun and the cool water’s refreshment from summer’s heat. But to enjoy this idyll, we did not endure long hours in the car, gridlocked traffic, or a high-price hotel. Our beach excursion was a day-trip to Laurel Hill State Park, about 25 miles northeast in the heart of the Laurel Highlands. There, we paid no fee to park, picnic or play. Nor did it cost us to enjoy the appealing view of forested crests, co…