With the recent death of Carl Reiner, some perspective is in order. The longtime actor, writer, director and straight man for Mel Brooks believed humor fostered his longevity and his curtain call proved it by enduring two years short of a century.
Schools across the country are scrambling to prepare the very environment that increases the spread of coronavirus: the indoors. As superintendents, principals, teachers, staff and school boards work tirelessly to make this happen, we know that despite their best efforts, educating students …
I am forever indebted to the anonymous Trump supporter that had a crate of desk calendars shipped to the White House. Knowing what day it is in that turbulent environment is always a plus, but this donor went the extra mile and evidently took time to circle election day in red.
In choosing Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, Joe Biden checked the essential boxes his party had demanded—a woman, a minority, and a progressive who has moved left as the Democratic Party has. We’ll see how the California Senator plays in the swing-state suburbs that Biden needs…
For First Amendment freedoms in recent weeks, it has been one step forward, two steps back and at best a draw — and we should be praising the progress and mad as hell about the setbacks.
Facing a decision of monumental importance to students, schools and parents, Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association traded punts this week.
July unemployment came in at 10.2% last month, still above the 10% high in the 2007-09 recession. Now more than ever, every effort should be made to create and keep jobs for Americans across all professions to ensure that our country rights itself. That includes those professions that are, m…
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From the moment former vice president Joe Biden became the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, one qualification has loomed as most important for his running mate: that she or he be prepared to serve as president. Sen. Kamala Harris, the California Democrat whom Biden annou…
COVID-19 is getting old — particularly for employees who’ve been working from home for months.
Just as Pennsylvania’s education officials are struggling with how to safely reopen schools this fall, so too are high school sports administrators grappling with how to conduct sporting events while adhering to safety protocols.
I’m happy to report I haven’t heard Nancy Pelosi’s name in five days.
Area representatives should push their new House speaker to quickly reverse a quiet whitewash of corruption made by Mike Turzai on his way out the door.
“Cancel culture” is a phenomenon with almost no defenders. Instead there are people who lament and assail it, and people who deny it exists. It “isn’t real,” it’s “a patchwork monster invented to scare children,” it’s “a spooky campfire story.”
After an 18-month investigation, New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association seeking to dissolve the nation’s largest gun rights group. Supporters of the NRA immediately criticized the move as unfair and nakedly partisan — a liberal Demo…
It’s a waste of time to write or read speculative stories about who’s trending up or down in a veep hunt.
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After this week, it seems the PIAA might not be in the same ballpark with Pennsylvania’s health experts and school administrators on the question of whether it’s safe to play high school sports this year.
The upcoming presidential election brings to mind the following: “Daddy,” the child asked, “Do all fairy tales begin with ‘Once upon a time’?” “No, dear,” her father answered, “Some fairy tales begin with ‘If I’m elected, I promise …’ “
Throughout the mainstream media, leftist doomsayers and their cronies in the Democratic Party are all engaged in a synchronized effort to keep people fearful and locked down. Given that COVID-19 is not the killer we were led to believe, it has turned the opening of public schools into a poli…
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw 12,000 U.S. troops from Germany has prompted a surfeit of lamentation from foreign policy elites. Yet most of the commentaries overlook an important factor: the opinion of the German people themselves.
When thinking about some of the toughest jobs in the country, historically, top-level politicians don’t make the list of many blue-collar Americans.
I wrote a column a short while back about teachers who didn’t want to go back to school until they could be guaranteed that everything was safe. The reaction to my suggestion that teachers shouldn’t demand absolute guarantees of safety, which is pretty much what they’ve been doing, made me t…
Vaccine optimism is understandable in these days of anxiety about the virus. Almost every day there are upbeat reports about a vaccine starting a new phase of clinical trials, and the worldwide research effort spans technologies old and new. Surely a safe and effective vaccine must arrive be…
A friend of mine can’t for the life of him understand why some Americans are clamoring to replace capitalism with socialism.
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Nuclear power remains crucial to Pennsylvania and should become even more so as pressure mounts for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
House Bill 2463 is pretty simple.
I have very good reasons to be worried about catching the coronavirus.
Ronald Reagan is looking down on us with a knowing smile. Like Reagan, President Donald Trump strives for good relations with all nations, including Russia. But no nation, including Russia, should doubt the president’s commitment to defending the United States and our allies.
Why open schools?
The 31.8 million U.S. workers currently receiving unemployment insurance benefits need that help — and they need clarity about how much help they are going to get, and for how much longer. Too bad neither the Republican majority in the Senate, nor the White House, can get its act together to…
With fewer than 100 days until the November election, officials are scrambling to figure out how to safely conduct an election during a public health crisis. At this point, several key issues are largely the province of government officials, such as ensuring that ballots are sent to voters i…
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Brooklyn stickballs days were anything but evident when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Major League’s Baseball (MLB) season’s opener between the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals in D.C., proving he doesn’t want anyone catching anything.
What the fall holds for students, families and communities is deeply uncertain. It is hard to know how young people in K-12 will keep their distance as class sizes have increased, cafeterias serve meals in enclosed spaces and those big yellow buses take kids to school and back home again. Ch…
With every phone call, video conference and socially distant meeting I’ve attended across the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Mid-Atlantic Region, it is clear to me — entrepreneurship is alive and well despite what we’re all going through these days. This is in no small part due to the …
Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf confirmed he would withhold nearly $13 million in federal CARES Act funding from Lebanon County “after its commissioners moved it to the ‘yellow’ phase prior to the governor’s approval,” LNP ‘ LancasterOnline’s Gillian McGoldrick reported last week. In respo…
A little over a year ago, I wrote about another Trump administration immigration policy failure. Trump wanted to add a census question that asked if the respondent was a citizen of the U.S. Adding that question should have been a simple administrative procedure since conducting the census is…
Newspaper editorial cartoonists love to draw President Trump! We make Trump fat. We give Trump a crazy, long, red tie, a bright orange face and a grand swoop of yellow hair. Trump appears in editorial cartoons more than any other president, or anything else, has ever appeared in cartoons bef…
In Portland, Oregon, where protesters have been active for nearly two months, masked armed federal agents without any identification have been abducting protesters into unmarked vehicles, as well as using tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash-bangs. They were from U.S. Customs and Border Prote…
Any day now, the United States will cross another grim threshold of death from the coronavirus: 150,000 people lost. By contrast, South Korea has lost 299 people, Germany 9,125. Per million population, the United States has lost 423.6, Germany 110 and South Korea 5.8. Behind these statistics…
- Male juvenile suffers burns in early morning house fire in Mount Carmel
- Six charged by state police in Shamokin Street drug bust
- Woman confined to overturned vehicle for 30 minutes
- Marian L. Weikel
- Pharmacist charged with stealing drugs
- Roof of fire-damaged apartment building in Mount Carmel collapses
- Coal Township man charged with assaulting two police officers during scuffle
- Judge finds Olvany not guilty of summary offense
- Steven Asa Orme
- City code enforcement officer fired