Considering only raw statistics, Pennsylvania's protection of children against abuse seems impressive. According to the Protect Our Children Committee, Pennsylvania in 2011 had 1.2 abuse victims per 1,000 children, whereas the national rate was 9.1 per 1
Justice is supposed to be blind but the public is supposed to have its eyes wide open when assessing whether the courts are impartial. To that end, the financial connections of judges are matters of vital public business.
A new study by the Center for Pu
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but that's never the route for any legislation in Pennsylvania, much less for a multibillion-dollar transportation spending bill.
Successive state administrations have well-documented the need
The Dec. 1 Metro-North commuter train derailment in the Bronx that killed four people was an obvious tragedy - all the more so because an available automated safety system likely would have prevented it.
Although the National Transportation Safety Board
WASHINGTON - Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things.
They understand the agreement's manifest and manifold defects and its probable futility. Crucial compo
As millions of Americans shopped online on Cyber Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court was wrapping a long overdue gift of its own to state and city governments and businesses that invest in communities.
The justices declined to hear a challenge by online retai
Plastic guns aren't new. Congress first voted to outlaw them in 1988 and twice has renewed that ban.
The spread of inexpensive technology to produce the weapons adds urgency to the need to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act before it expires Dec. 9 and
Texting while driving is so distracting that it is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, according to researchers at Virginia Tech University. Their research has found that a driver's chance of being in a collision while texting is 23 t
Regardless of whether the Federal Communications Commission's long ban on the use of cellphones during flights actually is necessary for aviation safety, it is critical for peace within the society that is created inside the airplane each time the door i
Members of the government study commission advocating a change in Lackawanna County's form of government contend that the current three-member board of commissioners is insufficiently democratic because it has legislative and executive powers.
Yet the st
State law is just one factor in increasing the rate of organ donation. But it's an important tool to raise awareness and ease the actual process, so lawmakers should ensure that the law is as effective as possible.
To that end, state Sen. Stewart Greenle
It took a very long time to convince state lawmakers of the documented hazards of second-hand tobacco smoke. Well after many other states had done so, Pennsylvania adopted a law in 2008 banning smoking in some public places.
Now, the results of bans else
The United States is the world's largest jailer, with more than 2.2 million people behind bars.
There is no doubt that is the correct location for many of them but, as noted by the Sentencing Project, the 500 percent increase in the prison population ove
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Arguments against increasing the minimum wage are almost as stagnant as the wages of Pennsylvania workers.
According to perennial opponents of providing workers with decent pay, doing so would be against their own interests. A higher minimum wage, they c
This term of the Supreme Court is full of cases of broad interest. Justices will hear arguments on whether the Affordable Care Act adversely affects religious freedom, prayer at public meetings and affirmative action.
One thing that isn't on the justice
Unless the state Legislature suddenly decides to reduce its own size, reform the outlandishly costly state pension system or end the state booze monopoly, its signature achievements for this session will be transportation funding and a vast expansion of
For the last four years, millions of workers have been able to take advantage of a federal subsidy to help cover the costs of parking their cars while working or using mass transit for their commutes.
Unless Congress acts by the end of the year, however,
The National Security Agency's collection of data on Americans' private communications quite rightly has created a furor over the appropriate reach of the government. Many members of Congress and innumerable citizens are skeptical of the NSA's claims tha