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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,…

MISS: Church festivals are not usually events where anyone should feel endangered, but it’s an indication of the fraught moment we are enduring that Our Lady of Grace Parish in Scott Township opted to cancel its parish festival this week after receiving a sinister threat. The anonymous messa…

HIT: Just seven months after an economic development group talked up a $7.5 million plan to restore Charleroi’s Coyle Theater, it was announced last week that the 200-seat movie house, which last screened a film in 1999, was going to be torn down. Ben Brown, the chief executive officer of th…

MISS: We support referring to someone who leads a committee or elected body as a “chairwoman” or even “chairperson” if they happen to not be male. We are perfectly fine with “councilwoman” or “council member,” as most reasonable people would be. But the leaders of Berkeley, Calif., have made…

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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,…

MISS: Church festivals are not usually events where anyone should feel endangered, but it’s an indication of the fraught moment we are enduring that Our Lady of Grace Parish in Scott Township opted to cancel its parish festival this week after receiving a sinister threat. The anonymous messa…

HIT: Just seven months after an economic development group talked up a $7.5 million plan to restore Charleroi’s Coyle Theater, it was announced last week that the 200-seat movie house, which last screened a film in 1999, was going to be torn down. Ben Brown, the chief executive officer of th…

MISS: We support referring to someone who leads a committee or elected body as a “chairwoman” or even “chairperson” if they happen to not be male. We are perfectly fine with “councilwoman” or “council member,” as most reasonable people would be. But the leaders of Berkeley, Calif., have made…

HIT: Alcohol is involved in at least 50% of the sexual assaults that occur on college and university campuses, according to the American Addiction Centers, and the fear of being punished for underage drinking or drug use can lead some victims of sexual assault to decide they’d be better off …

HIT: Given the hit-and-miss nature of efforts to revitalize downtown Washington in recent decades, there was ample reason to wonder whether the Whiskey Rebellion Festival would endure when it was launched 10 years ago. Since then, it’s not only survived, but thrived. Washington’s marquee sum…

HIT: There was an event in Harrisburg the other day that was of great interest to folks who have found their lives burdened by old convictions for minor crimes. The governor, lawmakers and other officials gathered to mark the beginning of the state’s new “Clean Slate” law, which will automat…

MISS: With more than 20 candidates jostling for attention, the field of Democratic presidential aspirants hardly needs any additional entrants, but it got one this week with the unexpected entry of former Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Sestak to the scrum. You’ll remember that Sestak represent…

HIT: Nearly 50 years of experience is walking out the doors of Washington Police Department this month. Lt. Dan Stanek has retired after nearly 29 years with the force, and next week Sgt. Michael Sulerud is calling it a career after 29 years as a police officer, 21 of them with Washington. A…

HIT: After nine years as chief executive officer and president of Washington Health System, Gary Weinstein is stepping down at the end of this month. For Weinstein, his tenure was largely about expansion. Over time, Washington Hospital became Washington Health System and added outpatient, di…

HIT: It was nice to see veterans of the Korean War getting their due in Greene County last weekend. Coming between World War II and Vietnam, the Korean conflict is often seen as the “forgotten war,” but the Americans who served in that war were no less brave and patriotic. Sunday was the las…

MISS: With Memorial Day out of the way, summer has unofficially started. If recent days are any indication, we could be in for some turbulent weather. The Associated Press reported last week that in 2019 Pennsylvania has already seen as many tornadoes as it does in a typical 12-month span. A…

HIT: Before they get their diplomas, most college and university graduates can count on hearing fairly predictable homilies on perseverance, integrity and other values they should take with them to their jobs or to graduate school. Graduates from Morehouse College in Atlanta got quite a bit …

HIT: Fraternities and sororities on college and university campuses are allegedly there to provide friendship and connections for students who participate. Frats and sororities also do good work in the community, their supporters say. But Greek organizations have come under increasing fire o…

HIT: It’s not clear yet how good the working relationship is between Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, but it’s almost certainly better than it was between Wolf and his previous No. 2, Mike Stack. Wolf held Stack at arm’s length on the best of days, and pulled Stack’s security detai…

HIT: It appears the Pittsburgh Steelers will have stability at the quarterback position for the foreseeable future. It was announced this week that the team has agreed with Ben Roethlisberger on a new three-year contract, taking effect after his current deal that runs out after this season. …

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