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OP-ED: People who deserve the Medal of Freedom more than Rush Limbaugh
OP-ED: OK, which one of you is the truth?
Not only is truth no longer self-evident, but truth is now in a lineup next to five alternative facts, deliberately chosen because they so much resemble the truth to the untrained, careless or myopic eye that it’s troublesome to tell them apart.
by Gina Barreca | 4 days ago
OP-ED: Support Gov. Wolf’s charter funding reform
Although charter school students represent only 6% of all public school students, in 2017-18, 37 cents of every new property tax dollar raised was sent to a charter or cyber charter school.
by Susan Spicka | 4 days ago
OP-ED: Is the Justice Department scooping up dirt about Joe Biden from Rudolph Giuliani?
Given what witnesses in the House impeachment hearings said about Giuliani’s role in the Trump administration’s machinations around Ukraine — including the dismissal of the U.S. ambassador in Kyiv — both Congress and the Justice Department should be skeptical of any dirt he dishes up.
by Michael McGough | 5 days ago
OP-ED: Anti-Asian panic is spreading like a virus
As the United States, Australia, Russia, Japan and many other countries announce travel restrictions to and from China, it was only a matter of time before paranoia about coronavirus and Asians would spread as well.
by Tamara Venit-Shelton | 6 days ago
OP-ED: Trump’s wall is bulldozing the borderlands
Wildlife, ecosystems and sacred indigenous lands are being destroyed, not for security, but to appease Trump’s vanity and pad the swollen pocketbooks of a few wealthy corporations.
by Dan Millis | 6 days ago
OP-ED: Buttigieg wants to be the Goldilocks candidate. It just might work
Pete Buttigieg has cast himself as the Goldilocks candidate: younger and more progressive than Joe Biden or Amy Klobuchar, but more moderate and less combative than Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.
OP-ED: Pelosi brought ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ‘Thelma and Louise’ and all our favorite rule-breakers to lif
Pelosi shredding that speech spoke to something both timeless and timely — our need to draw a line and refuse to normalize the chaos around us, even when we feel powerless to contain it.
OP-ED: Can our politics possibly get any uglier? Of course they can
The challenge for Trump’s critics and political opponents is not to get beat on the stage the president has chosen. Because we’re going to be stuck there for a while.
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OP-ED: As Trump’s impeachment trial ends, a thank-you to Rep. Adam Schiff
How this trial is remembered by future generations isn’t known yet, but it’s a safe bet that when it’s recorded for posterity some of Adam Schiff’s remarks will be highlighted in the official record.
OP-ED: Trump’s State of the Union was a campaign speech
But even if a snarl seemed to lurk under the calls for national unity, Trump offered a message designed to appeal to the sort of Democrats who defected to his cause in 2016.
OP-ED: Iowa’s Democratic Party picked the worst possible time for an epic fail
Yes, the Iowa caucuses were a Democratic Party event and not a state-run election, but to not have results available because of an apparent technical problem invites even further skepticism from a public already concerned about election security and reliability.
OP-ED: The 15th Amendment and the black vote, or the lack thereof
As the youngest of my parents’ four children by more than a decade, I spent a great deal of my time as a child with “old folks” — my parents, my grandmothers and older babysitters who became my adoptive “Big Mamas” and “Ma Dears.”
OP-ED: Just how dark a day was Jan. 31, after all?
How bad was it, really? Was it the day the sky began to fall? Will we someday associate Jan. 31, 2020 with dates like Dec. 7, 1941 or Sept. 11, 2001?
OP-ED: Want a revolution? It’s easy: Vote
Estimates vary, but data from the U.S. Census Bureau and research from the Sentencing Project indicate that 60.4 million eligible Americans haven’t bothered to register to vote.
OP-ED: Yes, we have to talk about the Kobe Bryant rape case
Felicia Sonmez, a national political reporter for the Washington Post, was vilified online for tweeting about the rape case against Kobe Bryant. Subsequently, she was placed on administrative duty by the newspaper (which has released a statement saying Sonmez is under investigation for possibly viol
OP-ED: Trump’s conservative overhaul of Medicaid is a loser all around
American voters consistently name health care as one of the issues they care about most heading into the presidential election. That’s bad news for President Donald Trump, who gets bad marks on health issues after his party’s attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act failed and backfired. Instead of ch
OP-ED: Birth control should be available over the counter. How Congress can make that happen
Congress should revoke the Food and Drug Administration’s power to require women to obtain prescriptions to purchase hormonal contraceptives, a change that would reduce the price of birth control pills and finally allow consumers to buy them over the counter.
OP-ED: Bolton rolls a hand grenade into Trump’s impeachment trial
John Bolton’s appearance at the impeachment trial would be a spectacle unseen since Watergate: a former senior White House official testifying under oath against the president for whom he worked.
OP-ED: Election must focus on voter needs and future
One of the few things most voters agree on is that political campaigns too commonly devolve into personality feuds rather than substantive, issue-driven debates. That’s unfortunate, because most voters have concrete needs and issues propelling their votes in 2020.
OP-ED: Census is crucial, but many people may go uncounted
The 2020 census is an opportunity for immigrants and all marginalized groups to be counted. An accurate count can further justify demands for political, health care, public health, education and systemic changes.
OP-ED: Give new director chance to run elections (it’s not rocket science)
Ignore Jeff Piccola, Joe Gothie and the York County Republican Committee’s call for the firing of Elections Director Steve Ulrich. At this point, Ulrich has done nothing wrong except run a fair and smooth special election (for the 48th Senate seat) and, as a newly hired individual, deserves the chan
OP-ED: School meal nutrition rollbacks are far from ‘common sense’
A well-balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables and whole grains helps prevent diseases like obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and many cancers. Children from low-income households are at risk for these diseases in part because of a lack of access to nutritious foods.
OP-ED: I donated my kidney to a stranger — and more of us should
It may have never crossed your mind that you, too, could donate a kidney to someone who is in desperate need. If you are healthy, the risk is quite minimal. But the benefit to the recipient is tremendous, adding roughly 10 years to that person’s life.
OP-ED: Founding Fathers’ hard work is lost on Donald Trump’s impeachment
The procession route laid out in 1868 during President Andrew Johnson’s impeachment gave gravitas to what the nation was about to endure. It remains a solemn rite that demands the full attention of every American.
OP-ED: The high cost of the White House’s drug pricing plan
A Trump administration plan might trim the costs of today's medicines, but tomorrow's medicines would never make it to the market, as such a scheme would obliterate our research industry.
OP-ED: Why Trump’s impeachment trial makes Senate Republicans squirm
As long as Republicans maintain institutional political power, and a thriving right-wing propagandaplex, there is little reason to believe the party or its base will make accommodations to reality or the rule of law.
OP-ED: Trump says he broke no laws with Ukraine. The GAO just found otherwise
One of the core defenses of President Trump’s behavior toward Ukraine is the “no harm, no foul” argument, and it goes something like this: Regardless of anything he or his minions said or did, Ukraine got its security assistance without having to announce an investigation into Joe Biden.
OP-ED: Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for health care equity must continue
Perhaps King’s greatest threat was to recognize that, from Chicago to Dallas and to other cities and towns across the land, we are more alike than different. He dared to criticize health inequities embedded in
OP-ED: Cut losses with ‘grossly unqualified’ York County elections director, reopen hiring process
Retaining Steve Ulrich in this role is election malpractice. It is a potential catastrophe in the making. His hiring and retention threaten to do grievous harm to the public’s perception of the integrity of our election this fall and well into the future.
OP-ED: It’s hard to live like Marie Kondo when I hate the things that ‘spark joy’ in my spouse
Marie Kondo and her theories of tidying up have introduced some conflict into my marriage. I can’t be the only one. Her idea is simple: First, pick a category, like clothes; next, put all of them into the middle of the room; finally, pick out and keep only the ones that “spark joy.”
OP-ED: Let’s fight preemption of local control
Over the last decade, state legislatures across the country have used preemption to restrict rights, degrade the environment and otherwise strip local communities of the power to control events.
OP-ED: Cory Booker falls victim to the curse of the big field
Some people will no doubt complain about the rapidly dwindling number of minority candidates in The Party That Looks Like America — the only other nonwhites still in the field are Andrew Yang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who is Samoan American.
OP-ED: On Prohibition’s 100th anniversary, should we expect the same fate for marijuana?
What lessons do the demise of alcohol prohibition provide for modern-day marijuana advocates? The circumstances are not as similar as you might think, and we should not expect a federal marijuana policy reversal in the near future.
OP-ED: We can’t afford another war
A war with Iran would cost the United States and the world dearly. Experts say a full-blown conflict could easily kill hundreds of thousands if not millions of people. Other costs are less obvious, but nonetheless devastating.
OP-ED: 3 easy ways to preserve your serenity during the toxic political year ahead
It’s worse than a waste of time to argue with aggressive, angry people online. Not only does it get you nowhere, but it also risks throwing more kerosene on the raging partisan fires certain to burn hotter than ever in 2020. It can make you part of the problem.
OP-ED: What American voters can learn from Boeing
After Boeing’s board fired its CEO, the company admitted that it can’t assume that pilots typically respond to emergencies in mere seconds. It is a clear admission that it should have gone with new training for pilots when it first introduced its new MAX plane.
OP-ED: Iran’s retaliation is more conventional than expected
There is good reason to doubt that Iran’s response will be limited to this attack. Iran has fought its wars through proxies since the 1990s.
OP-ED: Make fiscal policy a priority in 2020
On Jan. 1, Pennsylvanians awoke to not only a new year, but a new decade. Little did they know that on New Year’s Eve the checking account of the commonwealth was overdrawn by $904 million.