Saudi suit bill too broad

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Saudi Arabia often has been duplicitous in its relationship with the United States, which historically has been rooted in our nation’s thirst for its oil and its need for military support and hardware. So most Americans will have scant sympathy for the ki (read more)

Act quickly on Wolf’s opioid plan

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If the opioid epidemic gripping Pennsylvania has any virtue, it’s that it is nonpartisan. It has crossed a socioeconomic threshold in that, unlike previous addiction crises, it is not identified with any class, race or neighborhood. The opioid epidemic tr (read more)

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Perfect storm on climate

Politics, climate, the law and the Constitution collided Tuesday in a perfect storm. (read more)

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Test seniors on civics

For all the furor about immigration in this particularly mean election season, the sad irony is that many immigrants know far more about U.S. history and government than native citizens. (read more)

Stalking answers in drug case

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Innovative law enforcement techniques are needed to help diminish the heroin scourge gripping the region and nation. (read more)

Palmer, golf synonymous

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In the age of hundreds of television and internet channels and unfettered social media, personal branding is as routine as practice and physical workouts for modern professional athletes. That makes the legend and legacy of Arnold Palmer all the more rema (read more)

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Fix Medicare drug rules

The Medicare Part D drug program has helped millions of older Americans meet the cost of their prescription drugs. (read more)

Legislature must revisit charter law

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Citing self-dealing, sweeping conflicts of interest, poor record-keeping and questionable governance, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale’s new audit of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is yet another convincing call for the state Legislature to reform (read more)


Threat is real

This year could well be remembered as the one in which the threat of disruptive climate change became a reality. (read more)

Reading is key to health

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When doctors at the Scranton Primary Health Care Center begin asking young patients if they can read, they won’t be straying from their field. A growing body of evidence shows that literacy is a contributor to good long-term health and that illiteracy is (read more)

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Lock them up?

A chant rose from the floor of the Republican National Convention two months ago as speakers called for the criminal prosecution of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton: “Lock her up! Lock her up!’ (read more)

Ensure value of gas leases this session

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Pennsylvania’s massive General Assembly, the largest full-time state legislature, is remarkably flexible. Members often perform procedural acrobatics to suit their favored interests. As this session winds down, for example, pro-gun members are rushing to (read more)

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Delta helping downtown heal

Reinvention of the former Mall at Steamtown includes a few innovative pieces, including the Scranton campus of Luzerne County Community College and a state-of-the art gym, major departures from the former mall’s exclusive retail focus. (read more)

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RailRiders, NEPA win

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ championship season is all the more memorable because it is a triumph of many different teams rather than one. (read more)

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Make car rule mandatory

Widespread use of driverless vehicles on U.S. roads not only is inevitable but imminent. Uber has begun to test a fleet of driverless Ford Fusions in Pittsburgh; (read more)

Finding time for gun lobby

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It’s not yet clear which pieces of important state business state legislators will leave to the future when they break in early October to go home and campaign for re-election. Because they have left themselves just a handful of voting days after returnin (read more)


Japan knows we beat code

Soon after his inauguration, President Obama said that his administration would be the most transparent ever. But as Mr. Obama’s second term winds down, he has a mixed record on transparency. (read more)

New low for transparency

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Given the scope of corruption at the state Capitol, its denizens have to be creative to top previous outlandish violations of the public trust. So congratulations are due to state Rep. Leslie Acosta, a Philadelphia Democrat, who has achieved a new low. He (read more)

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Time wasted amid crisis

Pennsylvania’s allegedly full-time state legislators have returned to the Capitol after a typically overly generous seven-week summer vacation, which they took despite an unfolding opioid epidemic that claims the lives of nearly 10 state residents every day. (read more)

Cash eases pain in D.C.

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For people suffering pain beyond the reach of conventional painkillers, the development of powerful opioid painkillers was a blessing. But for the industry, that group constituted a small market. As revealed in an investigation by the Associated Press and (read more)

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