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MISS: Back when the Soviet Union still existed and Joseph Stalin ruled it with an iron fist, officials who fell from favor were airbrushed out of photos, usually after they were put before a firing squad or perished in a gulag. Sure, it’s not as extreme, but the National Archives and Records…

Smoking is costly, both in terms of money spent and lives that are cut short, and the personal finance website WalletHub deserves a hat tip for tallying the precise costs of lighting up in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth is the 10th most expensive state in which to smoke, and smokers who go t…

MISS: Before Act 44 became law in 2007, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) raised tolls on the turnpike only five times in 64 years. Since then, rate increases have become an annual rite, and this year is no exception. As of 12:01 a.m. last Sunday, tolls increased on the highway by 6…

MISS: John Lewis is an authentic American hero. A longtime Atlanta-area congressman and a towering figure in America’s civil rights pantheon, he announced last weekend that he is being treated for pancreatic cancer that is now at an advanced stage. Pancreatic cancer that has reached this poi…

MISS: When he was governor of Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevin ruffled a lot of feathers, thanks to behavior that was abrasive and a good bit less than humble. True to form, he continued to antagonize people in the Bluegrass State even as he was exiting the job. In the days before Bevin turne…

Of all the horrors that can befall homeowners, a sewer backup is right near the top of the list. And some North Franklin residents endured that this week when sewage flooded their basements on Spring Valley Drive. One resident reported that up to eight inches of “black, stinking sewage” seep…

HIT: The presidential campaign of former Philadelphia congressman and Navy admiral Joe Sestak caused nary a ripple – a poll in Iowa conducted in the middle of November had him at 0% support – so it was appropriate that his decision to end his campaign didn’t exactly generate many headlines e…

MISS: When “Adding Machine: The Musical” bowed on Broadway in 2008, it won a glowing review by The New York Times‘ Charles Isherwood, who called it “improbably brilliant.” But presenting a well-regarded musical that has a hard edge and spoofs white nationalists in America is apparently a ste…

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MISS: Before Act 44 became law in 2007, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) raised tolls on the turnpike only five times in 64 years. Since then, rate increases have become an annual rite, and this year is no exception. As of 12:01 a.m. last Sunday, tolls increased on the highway by 6…

MISS: John Lewis is an authentic American hero. A longtime Atlanta-area congressman and a towering figure in America’s civil rights pantheon, he announced last weekend that he is being treated for pancreatic cancer that is now at an advanced stage. Pancreatic cancer that has reached this poi…

MISS: When he was governor of Kentucky, Republican Matt Bevin ruffled a lot of feathers, thanks to behavior that was abrasive and a good bit less than humble. True to form, he continued to antagonize people in the Bluegrass State even as he was exiting the job. In the days before Bevin turne…

Of all the horrors that can befall homeowners, a sewer backup is right near the top of the list. And some North Franklin residents endured that this week when sewage flooded their basements on Spring Valley Drive. One resident reported that up to eight inches of “black, stinking sewage” seep…

HIT: The presidential campaign of former Philadelphia congressman and Navy admiral Joe Sestak caused nary a ripple – a poll in Iowa conducted in the middle of November had him at 0% support – so it was appropriate that his decision to end his campaign didn’t exactly generate many headlines e…

MISS: When “Adding Machine: The Musical” bowed on Broadway in 2008, it won a glowing review by The New York Times‘ Charles Isherwood, who called it “improbably brilliant.” But presenting a well-regarded musical that has a hard edge and spoofs white nationalists in America is apparently a ste…

MISS: Last week, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke pulled the plug on what once looked like a formidable presidential campaign after failing to dislodge himself from the low single digits in most polls. Compared to fellow Democrat Joe Sestak, however, O’Rourke’s campaign was a mighty co…

The Berlin Wall came tumbling down 30 years ago this week, which means it has been gone longer than it actually existed – it was built in 1961, in the frozen depths of the Cold War. Now that the Berlin Wall, East Germany and the whole dreary, repressive apparatus of communism have been consi…

MISS: It’s easy to laugh at some of the more excessive examples of political correctness on college campuses, whether it’s the operators of a cafeteria being accused of cultural appropriation and insensitivity for the way they prepare General Tso’s Chicken, or the simple act of opening a doo…

President Trump’s Twitter feed has never been marked by subtlety or restraint, but amid the unfolding events of the impeachment inquiry this week, Trump went way over the top when he accused one of his primary investigators, Congressman Adam Schiff, of committing treason. He further suggeste…

MISS: Making $18,000 per year if you’re living on your own hardly assures a life of luxury. The same goes for a family of four trying to get by on $38,000 per year. But that’s apparently too much for the Ebenezer Scrooges who are wandering around in Washington, D.C., right now. The Trump adm…

HIT: Mark Sanford, a former Republican governor and congressman from South Carolina, has almost no chance of becoming his party’s presidential nominee in 2020. Nor does William Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, or Joe Walsh, a former congressman from Illinois. But all three have tossed …

HIT: It’s an idea that’s been a long time coming, and is probably overdue. Two municipalities in our area are considering the creation of dog parks to serve what seems to be an ever-growing canine population. In South Strabane Township, dog owner Leigh Lyons asked supervisors to put a dog pa…

MISS: In 1971, the average annual cost to attend a four-year public college was about $8,700 in today’s dollars. In 2016, it cost close to $21,000. That being the case, it’s no wonder that students are saddled with debt once they get their diplomas and start building their adult lives. As a …

HIT: Since the greed-is-good days of the mid-1980s, many companies have held to the idea that what matters most is maximizing shareholder value – that holders of stock in a company should be satisfied first and foremost, and all other concerns are secondary. However, the Business Roundtable,…

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