| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:22 PM
I wrote in my column the other day that Pennsylvania needs redistricting reform and term limits, among other improvements. I also supported the idea of changing to a unicameral legislature instead of our present configuration of a House and a......
| Dec 13, 2013
| 4:22 PM
Some candidates for Pennsylvania governor have announced key endorsements. Here’s the latest rundown and you better say a prayer because this election is shaping up to be an epic holy war between business, and conservative groups on one side and.......
| Dec 17, 2013
| 4:10 PM
After the end of World War II, everybody was overjoyed and deeply disturbed at the same time, as vivid reports emerged about Adolf Hitler's atrocities.
Also at that same time, people talked about one of Hitler's great accomplishments, the no-speed-limit...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 10:07 AM
A Pennsylvania judge struck down the key portion of the state’s strict voter identification law, saying it unreasonably hinders people from exercising what is a fundamental right.
In a 103-page ruling, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L....
| Dec 21, 2013
| 12:25 PM
In early American history, only seven states had the integrity to defy religious tyrants who demanded laws making it a crime to marry anyone of another race.
Pennsylvania, which fancies itself as the birthplace of American liberty, was not one of...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:52 PM
Here's a good topic for your Christmas gathering with family and friends:
What is the most annoying Christmas song ever?
I'll vote for either the mawkish "Christmas Shoes" or the aggravatingly jaunty "Feliz Navidad." Others might choose "Santa Baby,"...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 8:59 PM
HARRISBURG — In an east Allentown industrial zone on Quebec Street north of Union Boulevard, 23 tanks rise high into the sky, the pipes that connect them running deep underground.
This is a Petroleum Products Corp. fuel pipeline terminal. For a...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 1:56 PM
My real year-in-review column will run Saturday. But first, I decided to look back at some of the biggest winners and losers of 2013.
Winner: Lehigh Valley urban economic development. Even if you remain skeptical about the long-term success of hockey in...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:59 PM
Reading all these year-in-review recaps has left me a little groggy, so forgive me if my own look at 2013's top stories veers in and out of reality.
January: Bethlehem police deny favoritism after citing motorist for obstructing New York Jets coach Rex...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 12:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, a moderate Republican from southeastern Pennsylvania, announced Monday that he will retire this year, the latest in a string of congressional Republicans not seeking reelection in 2014.
Gerlach, who has served six...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 7:47 AM
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has lately been getting credit in the political press for being one of those Republican governors coming around on the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Advocates for the underprivileged can't understand...