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OUR OPINION: Beyond Gubernatorial Debates

OUR OPINION: Beyond Gubernatorial Debates

Democrat Tom Wolf looked soft, Gov. Corbett looked tough and sure. But it was only actively engaged partisans who made the effort to locate PCN on their televisions to watch them in their first debate. The partisans did what partisans do. Republicans were pleased by Corbett’s performance; Democrats were pleased by Wolf’s demeanor. But it […]

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OUR OPINION: Time For Heads To Roll

With innumerable nonprofits operating in Philadelphia under a wide range of goals and missions, it’s becoming routine to learn how scores of them are coming under federal scrutiny for mismanaging or failing to properly use the funds they get – which in some cases are misappropriated by one or more of their officers.   Unfortunately, […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: State Regulators Aren’t Protecting Workers

BY STATE SEN. MIKE STACK (D-PHILA.)/ It has become increasingly clear over the past two years that the ongoing and painstaking recovery from the Great Recession is resulting in an ever-widening disparity between Wall Street and Main Street. While corporate profits and the Dow Jones have reached record highs, wages and security for workers are […]

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OUR OPINION: Labor’s Wins And Losses

Unions were created when workers discovered “in union there is strength”. Unions grew even though membership understood their unity often demanded sacrifices of them, up to the shedding of blood at times. That still happens here and around the world. Unionism, today, boasts a litany of victories alongside a list, almost as long, of defeats […]

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by Joe Shaheeli Once in a while we join the prognosticators in how races will end up. We stopped hesitating a couple weeks ago after watching some of the bell-weather stats coming from both gubernatorial camps. We think we have Gov. Tom Corbett’s strategy down pat, but haven’t yet figured out Tom Wolf’s direction. We […]

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Our Opinion

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Commute Aging Lifers Whatever the reason those in their teens and twenties are sentenced to life in prison, it is obvious over the years, they change dramatically, with their brains growing wiser and their bodies succumbing to the problems associated with aging. Case after case, especially in our state prisons, “old heads” have proven true […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Corbett’s Pension ‘Reform’ Yields False Savings

BY STATE REP. MIKE STURLA/ I’ve been following with interest recent pronouncements from Gov. Tom Corbett claiming billions of dollars in “savings” if the Corbett/Tobash pension “reform”, based on questionable 30-year assumptions, becomes law. When pressed by reporters if there are any savings in the near term, the Governor replied, “No, but this is the […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: Covering Up Unemployment In Pennsylvania

BY FRANK A. SIRIANNI/ Lately we have all been reading that Gov. Tom Corbett is taking credit for the alleged “relatively low” unemployment rate here in Pennsylvania. As he runs for reelection, he says it is one of the lowest unemployment rates in the USA! The percentage of unemployed Pennsylvania workers, according to the Pennsylvania […]

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ANOTHER OPINION: It’s Time To End Keystone Exams

by State Rep. Stephen Barrar This September will mark the first year the Keystone Exams will be used as the deciding factor for whether or not students will graduate from Pennsylvania’s public high schools. September will also mark the five-year anniversary of HR 456, the bipartisan legislation that urged Gov. Ed Rendell to cease all […]

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OUR OPINION: Maya Angelou, Lewis Katz

The Lesson —Maya Angelou   I keep on dying again. Veins collapse, opening like the Small fists of sleeping Memory of old tombs, Rotting flesh and worms do Not convince me against The challenge. The years And cold defeat live deep in Lines along my face. They dull my eyes, yet I keep on dying, […]

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