Saturday, August 29, 2015


Monday, July 6, 2015

Gambling revenue has declined almost everywhere in the East for the obvious reason that the enterprise has hit its saturation point.

Even though gambling is a major industry, generating more than $3 billion a year in Pennsylvania alone, there are only so many gamblers and they only have so much money.

Yet the response of lawmakers is to give those same gamblers more options to spend the same amount of money, rather than recognizing that the saturation point is not a bluff.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines "compromise" as "a way of reaching agreement in which each group gives up something that was wanted in order to end an argument or dispute."

There in a nutshell you have the prescription for ending the Pennsylvania budget stalemate. Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled General Assembly must back off their respective hard-line positions and realize that neither can get all that each wants.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

President Barack Obama's effort in 2014 to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation was one of his top achievements on immigration.

The program should have rolled out this year, but zealots who are determined to block any immigration reforms are fighting to ensure that his order will remain tied up in legal battles.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's time for Pennsylvania to belly up to the bar and reform its antiquated liquor laws. Better yet, it is time for the state to get out of the liquor business and turn it over to entrepreneurs who know how to satisfy customers rather than kowtow to heavily entrenched lobbies and other special interests.

The General Assembly has tried to change the system. In fact, a Senate bill has just been released from committee which will ultimately get the state out of the liquor business. Here are the highlights of the bill:

Ÿ Removes Pennsylvania as the wholesaler of wine and liquor

Monday, June 29, 2015

The far-reaching story of fraud by Municipal Energy Managers continues to play out in Pennsylvania towns and townships.

Bankrupt MEM is being liquidated and Nesquehoning taxpayers stand to lose monies the borough paid back in 2008 when MEM was wooing municipalities with an offer that sounded like a bright idea.

In fact, the deal seemed so good that Nesquehoning jumped at the opportunity, as did just about everybody else.

The borough would buy streetlights from PPL while MEM would do maintenance.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Many critics of Pope Francis' stirring encyclical on the environment protested that he is not a scientist, which is true but beside the point. His call for a global cultural revolution to foster sound environmental stewardship is a moral framework for the climate change debate and, more broadly, a demand that technology be used to improve the human condition.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

That sound you heard last week across Pennsylvania was a collective "phew" from school administrators who have been setting their budgets in the dark for far too long.

For years, they have been unable to predict just how much money they could count on getting from the state.

The school-funding process lacks "consistency, predictability, sustainability, adequacy and fairness," wrote former Solanco School District Superintendent Martin Hudacs in an LNP op-ed in March.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

With the June 30 state budget deadline approaching, the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf are scrambling to fill a $2.3 billion shortfall between Wolf's proposed budget and expected revenues. The budget pressures could make horse-trading deals possible, if not likely.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Although the first presidential primary election is still a ways away, interest in the races is starting to build.

On the Republican ticket, it seems like new candidates are announcing their bids for the presidency on a daily basis. So far, 23 candidates have entered the race for the GOP nomination, including such well-known names as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and current senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Pipeline companies generally target the simplest, least expensive routes on which to build.

And why wouldn't they? They're seeking to maximize profits. And open spaces are much easier to negotiate than developed ones.

So, in Lancaster County, that means there's a bull's-eye on farmland that's been preserved with taxpayer dollars and charitable donations.

We're hopeful that this might change, now that the governor has created the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force.