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OP-ED: U.S.: Land of opportunity or vulnerability?
OP-ED: No, using reusable straws isn’t a risk. No doing so is
I was very sorry to hear about the British woman who died after impaling herself on a reusable metal drinking straw — and not just because it sounds like a terrible way to die.
by Mariel Garza | 2 days ago
OP-ED: What sex-trafficking defendants look like now
The new faces of sex trafficking are increasingly white, affluent and well-connected. In an indictment unveiled July 8 in the Southern District of New York, Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy hedge fund manager, was charged with sex trafficking for recruiting numerous minors for paid sex acts.
by Julie Dahlstrom | 2 days ago
OP-ED: Mourning Justice Stevens — and the process that put him on Supreme Court
Obituaries for retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens are reminding us that there was a time — several times, in fact — when presidents chose nominees for the high court on the basis of professional qualifications, not ideology, and those nominees were confirmed by the Senate with bipartisa
by Michael McGough | 5 days ago
OP-ED: We don’t hate America, Donald Trump. What we hate is the mess you’ve created
Donald Trump has come to the conclusion that many Americans hate their country. That could not be further from the truth.
by Dahleen Glanton | 5 days ago
OP-ED: AOC, Dems gave Trump what he wanted
President Donald Trump is a gut-level politician who often seems to act on unfiltered impulse.
by Jon Healey | 6 days ago
OP-ED: ‘Go back’ denies my parents’ sacrifice
On a good day, I’m almost fluent in Chinese. I pepper my sentences with English “so’s” and “likes” as well as the occasional hand flourish when I attempt to shape my thoughts in midair.
by Katherine Hu | 6 days ago
OP-ED: 50 years ago, everyday heroes won the moon race
One of the marvels of the race to the moon in the 1960s were the Apollo spacesuits — blazing, iconic white on the outside and composed of 21 layers of nested fabric. Imagine putting on that many T-shirts and tr
OP-ED: Coming soon: Impeachment for dummies
Robert S. Mueller III isn’t expected to roll out any bombshells when he testifies before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 24.
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OP-ED: How Title IX transformed U.S. sports
Sunday’s World Cup victory for the U.S. women’s national soccer team was entirely due to the hard work and talent of the players on the field. But long before they were born, civil rights advocates and legislators were hard at work clearing their path to success.
OP-ED: The dangers of political tribalism
In a poll taken shortly before the 2016 election, the Pew Research Center found that 53% of Donald Trump’s supporters were mainly motivated by their dislike for Hillary Clinton. And 46% of Clinton’s supporters
OP-ED: What I learned from election reform
Long before I became chair of the Senate State Government Committee, I worked to reform election laws. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to chair the Committee.
OP-ED: British diplomat gets run over by the Brexit bus
A few days ago, the U.K.’s former spy chief warned his country is going through a political nervous breakdown. The leak of confidential memos by Britain’s ambassador to Washington about Donald Trump’s administration only seems to make that official.
OP-ED: Enduring elections ‘free from foreign intrusion’
On July 4, Americans of all political stripes join together to celebrate our nation’s independence from overseas monarchs, from foreign influence, from interference in our democracy.
OP-ED: The predator next door
An Illinois woman and her child were recently injured after being attacked by an escaped pet caracal, a large exotic cat similar to a lynx. Both were hospitalized, and police killed the caracal. No doubt confused and frightened, this wild animal experienced only the briefest glimmer of freedom befor
OP-ED: Tomorrow’s children cannot afford Trump’s ignorance on climate change
There is one sense in which Donald Trump truly is the greatest American president. Given his ignorant determination to move us backward rather than forward on the issue of climate change, he is a greater threat
OPED: Bobby Simpson: For progress in York, police and business must lead way
I’d like to give my opinion on a number of topics that were recently covered in our local newspaper. One made national news and, once again, put York in the national spotlight.
OP-ED: Capitalist? Socialist? Democrats need a terminology intervention
College professors spend a lot of time distinguishing different theories and points of view within disciplines, choosing their language very carefully to distinguish the different camps, defending some and crit
OP-ED: Taking back the flag this Fourth of July
Though conceived as a national emblem, Old Glory has played its part in partisan politics throughout American history. More often than not, it is conservatives who have draped themselves in the flag — a phenomenon that has intensified as of late.
OP-ED: Put brakes on public transit plan
Last year, during my Pennsylvania Senate run, I spent time talking to many different people. While at senior centers, which have programs supported by the state lottery, there was high concern over funding cuts to Rabbit Transit.
OP-ED: Pa. is beautiful; let’s keep it that way
As many of us get ready to kick off on our July 4th vacations, sightseeing and picnics, it’s the perfect time to celebrate America’s commitment to preserving the outdoors and our access to it.
OP-ED: One Marianne Williamson moon reference was enough
It took Marianne Williamson wading into bizarre references about New Zealand, the moon and the power of love for me to realize something: The GOP made the right decision in their own overpopulated primary on the road to 2016.
OP-ED: Proud to advance election reforms
I’m pleased the Senate State Government Committee, which I chair, recently advanced various election reforms, including: open primaries, easing voting by absentee ballot, eliminating straight ticket/straight party voting, and rotating Philadelphia judicial ballots.
OP-ED: I’m Having it Made Here in York — are you?
York County has announced a collaborative brand, “Have It Made Here,” after over two years of work, research, conversations, and brainstorming. Recently, the Tourism Grant Committee awarded additional funding to continue this initiative, so it’s brought about the question — are you having it made he
OP-ED: Kamala Harris wants to ‘prosecute the case’ against Trump. What does that mean?
During one of his debates with Hillary Clinton in 2016, Donald Trump threatened to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the former secretary of state if he were elected. “Lock her up!” remains a popular cheer at his campaign-style rallies.
OP-ED: Don’t claim to be all inclusive if you don’t want Trump supporters
Our society is sharply polarized for a bunch of reasons, but one that sticks out in my mind is the prevailing sense of righteousness. You see it all the time in online debates — the other side isn’t just mistaken, it’s deficient, or venal, or immoral, or even evil.
LETTER: North Codorus officials ignore residents in police debate
At a recent supervisors’ meeting, the residents of North Codorus Township shared their opinions regarding withdrawing from Southwestern Regional Police Department.
OP-ED: Six ways Democrats could help reelect Trump in 2020
It is difficult for most Democrats to imagine that Donald Trump might be reelected. They are convinced that America is a wiser, more cautious nation than it was in 2016 — and that the people are anxious to fix
OP-ED: Trump did the right thing — gasp! — in aborting potentially lethal attacks on Iran
Well, here’s something new — President Donald Trump, in reversing his own decision to attack multiple targets in Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. drone, exhibited a surprising level of restraint late Thursday, and for the right reasons.
OP-ED: Trump’s Iran stand down shows total incoherence of his policy
What on earth is America’s policy on Iran? That is the operative question after President Donald Trump ordered, then called off, a U.S. strike on Iranian targets, with 10 minutes to spare.
OP-ED: The media colluded with the FBI? Now there’s some fake news
Everywhere President Donald Trump and his allies look, they see collusion — against Trump.
OP-ED: York City school kids are the solution to an unfair world
The American education system is unfair not because of some existential, insurmountable obstacle. It is unfair because our society chooses to tolerate a political system that ties the quality of a child’s education to the relative wealth of their parents, neighborhood and community.
OP-ED: Honest Ads Act aims to minimize foreign election interference
Our country is facing a national emergency. Not a single credible person in the federal government disputes the fact that foreign actors will continue to attack the infrastructure of our elections and interfere with how we choose our leaders.
OP-ED: The short, sad career of Patrick Shanahan
It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for Patrick Shanahan. The acting U.S. secretary of defense said Tuesday he is leaving government because of “a painful and deeply personal family situation” from a decade ago
OP-ED: Yorktowne Hotel — for the people, by the people
In 1925, the community was tasked with building a hotel, a cornerstone for downtown revitalization. In 2015, we were tasked with revitalizing the Yorktowne Hotel, to once again be a cornerstone.
OP-ED: We were wrong, graduates, about Donald Trump
With young men and women marching across stages last week, I thought it would be funny to put together a graduation speech for them consisting solely of tweets from Donald Trump. It wasn’t funny. It was soberin
OP-ED: Foreign election meddling is wrong, Mr. President
It was extraordinary to hear a U.S. president declare that the FBI director is “wrong” for saying that candidates should report to the FBI — as the law clearly intends — any effort by foreign agents to aid a political candidate by passing along opposition research.
OP-ED: State budget can build on tax reform boom
State lawmakers are heading into budget negotiations with wages rising, record low unemployment, and state revenues surpassing projections — an economic windfall largely due to federal tax reform. With all this great economic news, it would be easy to grow complacent.
OP-ED: Why is the U.S. waging war on China’s Huawei?
The best way to ensure that others cannot benefit from your information is to encrypt your data.