| Aug 7, 2014
| 7:34 PM
HARRISBURG — For more than a century, governors and lawmakers have tried to change the state's uniform personal income tax, which makes most workers pay the same rate regardless of income.
All have failed.
The full Legislature has refused to...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 8:50 AM
As polls have predicted for more than a year, education funding has become the most tangible issue for voters in the upcoming governor's election.
The candidates know it, as evidenced by commercials and news conferences across Pennsylvania.
For the past...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 3:38 PM
HARRISBURG — Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, the former attorney general whose prosecutions drew a strict line between campaign and government activities, met with top campaign advisers in the governor's office on numerous occasions since taking office...
| Jul 22, 2014
My column today is about a Pennsylvania bill, signed into law last month, that designates the Pennsylvania long rifle as the state's official firearm. The problem, experts on these guns informed the bill's sponsor, state Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-138th, last......
| Jul 11, 2014
| 3:24 PM
A friend sent me the following joke last week. It's mildly risque, so stop reading if you think you'll be offended.
(I added that to ensure everyone will keep reading)
A circus owner runs an ad for a lion tamer and two people show up. One is a retired...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 6:09 PM
Alan H. Oren was at home in Upper Mount Bethel Township when state police showed up a couple years ago and did something that, in his words, "wasn't too cool."
Acting on what Oren believes was a tip from a neighbor, troopers searched a shed near his...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 4:25 PM
House Bill 1989, signed into law last month, recognizes the Piper J-3 Cub and the Pennsylvania long rifle as the state's official aircraft and firearm, respectively.
Why? Hey, that's what our state legislators do. There's a bill pending to name...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 9:00 PM
In January 2013, Kathleen Kane charged into Harrisburg on a Nittany Lion.
The former assistant district attorney from Lackawanna County became the first Democrat and woman to be elected state attorney general by vowing to examine her predecessors'...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 12:09 PM
With apologies to Charles Dickens, it was the best of times (for Texas and Oklahoma gas industry aristocrats), it was the worst of times (for the Pennsylvania rabble suffering from the exploitation and destruction of their environment).
In a tale of two...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 3:47 PM
It became obvious this week that Pennsylvania inevitably will emerge from the Dark Ages when it comes to a ban on the use of medical marijuana to ease the suffering of people with epilepsy or other ailments.
For some Pennsylvanians, perhaps, it will...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 4:44 PM
David Allard, director of the state Bureau of Radiation Protection, came down from the Mount of Olives declaring that, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall not set you free, but shall result in a demonstrable risk of physical harm to you"...