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‘NCIS’ Again Skunked—Except by the People

By at July 30, 2015 | 3:28 pm | 0 Comment

Once again, as expected, the people who give out Emmy nominations skunked NCIS. No nominations for acting. None for writing. Not one for directing or producing. Not even a nomination in what the industry calls the minor awards—sound editing, stunt coordination, and dozens of others. The one-hour drama, with light overtones, is the most-watched drama […]

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The Grin of a Fool: Gun Control and the NRA

By at July 21, 2015 | 4:16 pm | 0 Comment

A white racist with strong sympathies for the Confederacy and segregation walks into a black church in Charleston, S.C., talks with a welcoming congregation for about an hour, and then murders nine of them. The response by the nation is to discuss the Confederate battle flag, and why it should be removed from society. An […]

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Whoopin’ and a-Hollerin’ for the Plantation Life

By at June 30, 2015 | 1:49 pm | 0 Comment

Whoopin’ and a-Hollerin’ for the Plantation Life

Judge A. Joseph Antanavage, with shotgun in hand, stood before a modified Confederate battle flag, and looked as if he had planned to defend whatever it is that the Confederate flag stands for. But, this wasn’t in the South. This was at a pigeon shoot near Hamburg, Pa. Pennsylvania is not only where the only […]

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The Business of Wall Street

By at June 23, 2015 | 10:06 am | 0 Comment

The Business of Wall Street

If you don’t mind working hard—and partying even harder—why not get a business degree, take a couple of state and federal tests, and become a Wall Street trader? These are the people who are the current crop of Gordon Gekkos—you know, the pretend-fictional character portrayed by Michael Douglas in Wall Street. The men spend thousands […]

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The Politics of Disaster Relief

By at June 9, 2015 | 3:55 pm | 0 Comment

The Politics of Disaster Relief

More than 150,000 Texans sent a petition to the White House, demanding the union allow Texas to secede. This was not 1861 when Texans wanted out of the union. This was two years ago. Among those who threw around the idea of secession was conservative Republican governor Rick Perry, who has re-entered the race for […]

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A Nation of Millennial Entitlements

By at June 2, 2015 | 3:58 pm | 0 Comment

A Nation of Millennial Entitlements

A student sued Misericordia College because she failed a nursing class. Twice. She said she suffered psychological problems. Those problems included anxiety, depression, and poor concentration skills. The college had agreed to allow her to retake the final examination last summer. It set her up in a stress-free room, gave her extra time to complete […]

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Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth

By at April 28, 2015 | 11:38 am | 0 Comment

Citizen-Journalist Fined for Telling the Truth

Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., was found to be in contempt of court, Thursday, and fined $1,000. Her offense? She tells the truth. Truth is something that apparently has bypassed the court of Judge Kenneth W. Seamans, who retired at the end of 2014, but came out of retirement to handle this case. The […]

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Sick and Tired Workers: An Epidemic of Corporate Greed

By at April 21, 2015 | 7:24 pm | 0 Comment

Sick and Tired Workers: An Epidemic of Corporate Greed

Snaking its way through the Pennsylvania legislature is a bill that will block local governments from requiring companies to provide sick leave, even if unpaid, that is more than required by state or federal regulations. There are no Pennsylvania or federal regulations requiring companies to provide sick leave. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that […]

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Pennsylvania School is Flushed by a Problem

By at April 8, 2015 | 11:56 pm | 0 Comment

Pennsylvania School is Flushed by a Problem

Ten-year-old Kaitlyn Montgomery, a fourth grade student at Park Elementary School in Munhall, Pa., now has access to that school’s restrooms. Like most schools, Park Elementary has separate restrooms for male and female staff and faculty, and separate restrooms for boys and girls. The staff and faculty restrooms are on the first floor. The restrooms […]

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The Morality Police

By at March 24, 2015 | 10:53 am | 0 Comment

The Morality Police

In Saudi Arabia, the Mutaween are 3,500 public officials and thousands of volunteers who work for the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. They are responsible for enforcing strict religious laws. Among the many laws are those that require all women to wear head scarves and black gowns when in […]

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