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A Patriot Against School Vouchers

By at December 21, 2011 | 12:15 pm | 10 Comments

A Patriot Against School Vouchers

I do not have children. And, I no longer own a home. On first blush,   it would seem that I do not have a dog in the school voucher fight. Proponents for vouchers make an appealing argument that parental   freedom of choice combined with market forces will increase school quality. I  reject vouchers out of […]

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Education , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

Renewables trump dead dinosaurs for investors

By at December 20, 2011 | 9:03 am | 7 Comments

Renewables trump dead dinosaurs for investors

There’s no wondering why our TVs are nightly inundated by ads from coal, oil and natural gas producers touting the clean, safe and responsible nature of fossil fuels. They are catching glimpses of their impending doom. Investors are beginning to put more of their money into development of renewable energy sources than in continued use […]

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Ten Unsafest Toys for 2011

By at December 19, 2011 | 10:03 am | 3 Comments

Ten Unsafest Toys for 2011

Duck Toy Ages: One and older. Description: Wooden duck waddles when pulled by a 33 inch cord. “The industry standards limits strings on crib and playpen toys to 12” in length.” Hazard: Potential for strangulation injuries. Fold & Go Trampoline Ages: Three and older. Description: “The only function on this trampoline should be a controlled […]

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Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons—Again

By at December 17, 2011 | 11:48 am | 3 Comments

Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons—Again

If the first year gross anatomy class at the Penn State Hershey medical school needs spare body parts to study, they can visit the cloak room of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. That’s where most of the legislators left their spines. The House voted 124–69, Dec. 13, to send an animal welfare bill back to […]

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Markey Blasts New Report: Effort to Turn NRC Into Reality TV Show Instead of Focusing on America’s Nuclear Safety

By at December 17, 2011 | 11:41 am | 0 Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee and a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, responded to today’s report on leadership at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from the House Oversight and Government Committee. “This report validates what I have known for some […]

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MONDAY @ 6pm: Forum with Receiver David Unkovic

By at December 16, 2011 | 11:09 am | 1 Comments

HARRISBURG HOPE Community Starts Here MONDAY @ 6pm: Forum with Receiver David Unkovic Join Harrisburg Hope for a public forum with David Unkovic, the receiver appointed by Governor Tom Corbett, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 19, at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St. in Harrisburg. This is Mr. Unkovic’s first public forum. […]

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Press Releases

Ag-industry police could be coming to a farm near you

By at December 16, 2011 | 8:53 am | 3 Comments

Ag-industry police could be coming to a farm near you

In the science fiction tales of my youth, it was foretold we would walk on the moon, and set up colonies in space. We would replace cash with pocketable cards that could be loaded with “credits,” and merchants and the authorities would track our purchases and travels. Mega-corporations would become governments and police agencies of […]

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Labor Not Represented in Management of ‘The People’s Universities’

By at December 14, 2011 | 7:20 am | 1 Comments

Labor Not Represented in Management of ‘The People’s Universities’

Although more than one million Pennsylvanians are members of labor unions, and the state has a long history of worker exploitation and union activism, neither of the two largest university systems has a labor representative on its governing board. The only labor representative on the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education […]

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At Home with the Republicans

By at December 14, 2011 | 7:11 am | 2 Comments

At Home with the Republicans

Dad threw me out last year after I borrowed his credit card to buy my new computer program.  So, I have to tell you, I was happy I was visiting when he called my brothers into his den for what, I could tell by the angry look in his eyes, would be a thorough dressing […]

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Pennsylvania Issues , Political , RTC Media

There’s profit in dead critters and plants

By at December 13, 2011 | 9:11 am | 3 Comments

There’s profit in dead critters and plants

New reports show companies earning big profits from natural gas shale deep underground. Meanwhile, banks heavily involved in the economic crash of 2008 have been doing quite well, thank you, supporting King Coal. Chesapeake Energy, the current front runner among the out-in-front natural gas drillers, began in 1989 with $50,000 and two men who had […]

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Energy & Environment , Featured , Pennsylvania Issues