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Toxic Lead to Cover Iowa Killing Fields

By at August 31, 2011 | 8:47 am | 43 Comments

Toxic Lead to Cover Iowa Killing Fields

Iowa, which gave us the carnival known as the Iowa Straw Poll and artery-clogging Deep Fried butter, will unleash another health problem, beginning Sept. 1. The Iowa legislature last year approved a dove hunting season, the first in more than nine decades. However, the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission (DNR) […]

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Where the water comes from

By at August 30, 2011 | 10:47 am | 5 Comments

Where the water comes from

The Little Kid and I went hiking the other day. Officially, she’s my granddaughter, 13 this year, and for the past 11 has enriched my life on many levels. (Her grandma and I went on our first date on The Little Kid’s second birthday.) We did not get as far as we’d hoped. I’ve been […]

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Top Ten Jobs for Moammar Qaddafi

By at August 30, 2011 | 10:40 am | 171 Comments

Top Ten Jobs for Moammar Qaddafi

10) Lindsay Lohan’s probation officer. 9) Stunt double for Keith Richards. 8) Christine O’Donnell’s broom. 7) Charlie Sheen’s psychiatrist. 6) Commentator on Fox News. 5) Celebrity wedding planner. 4) Human mine sweeper. 3) President of Cuba. 2) Swiss banker. 1) Hairdresser. Photo by BRQ Network

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Wasting Away: Time To Take Out Political Trash and Take On Scam Artists

By at August 29, 2011 | 12:54 am | 105 Comments

Wasting Away: Time To Take Out Political Trash and Take On Scam Artists

To the best of my knowledge, no person, corporation, organization or political party officially endorses waste or fraud as a business practice or political platform. Yet this vast black hole continues to rotate and thrive around the twin laws of political physics: corruption and inertia. Pennsylvania’s political universe and economic marketplace are populated by hordes […]

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Legislature should prepare to override Corbett’s no-tax pledge on Marcellus Shale

By at August 26, 2011 | 8:57 am | 3 Comments

Legislature should prepare to override Corbett’s no-tax pledge on Marcellus Shale

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett this week reiterated once again his promise to the companies drilling for natural gas beneath the commonwealth: No taxes on gas from the Marcellus Shale. He told the Associated Press Tuesday he would veto any bill the state assembly sends him that includes such a tax. The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, […]

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The Debt Ceiling Crisis: Let’s Get Personal

By at August 25, 2011 | 9:09 am | 1 Comments

The Debt Ceiling Crisis: Let’s Get Personal

You have a credit card with a $25,000 limit. Because you have a good job, you only have $6,000 on the card, and routinely pay the monthly statement and a little extra on the principal. But then you decide you need a 52-inch high-def LCD TV screen to go into your “man cave,” and your […]

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Public Integrity Commission Needed to Fight Corruption

By at August 24, 2011 | 9:34 am | 945 Comments

Public Integrity Commission Needed to Fight Corruption

by Rep. Curt Schroder (R-Chester County) Pennsylvania is no stranger to public corruption. Whether for personal or political gain, the Commonwealth’s history of public corruption dates back to the 1800s.  In the past four decades alone, there have been numerous scandals involving ghost employees, job selling, sexual offenses, cover-ups and kickbacks for lucrative state contracts […]

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Loyalsock an example of Marcellus drilling in state forests

By at August 23, 2011 | 8:15 am | 32 Comments

Loyalsock an example of Marcellus drilling in state forests

I have been hiking and driving recently in Loyalsock State Forest, north of Williamsport, and south of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. I enjoy wandering in the woods, but trips to Loyalsock have special purpose: that is one of the areas where I can see the immediate effects of Marcellus Shale drilling on our forests. […]

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Top Ten Biggest Legislatures 2011

By at August 22, 2011 | 8:32 am | 64 Comments

Top Ten Biggest Legislatures 2011

10) Maine:            House: 151 + Senate: 35 =       186 (Part-time) 9) Connecticut:        House: 151+ Senate: 36 =       187 (Hybrid) 8) Maryland:        House: 141 + Senate: 47 =       188 (Hybrid) 7) Missouri:        House: 163+ Senate: 34 =       197 (Hybrid) 6) Massachusetts:    House: 160 […]

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Not so sweet: Hershey’s exploits student workers to avoid paying living wages in Pennsylvania

By at August 19, 2011 | 12:44 pm | 0 Comment

Not so sweet: Hershey’s exploits student workers to avoid paying living wages in Pennsylvania

Godwin is a Nigerian student who heard about a great opportunity to learn about American culture and hone his English skills in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  He was excited when he learned he was accepted to be a part of a special U.S. State Department approved visa program designed to promote cultural exchange and international understanding.  He […]

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