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Local Commentaries

Taking a stand for seats downtown

I was surprised and disappointed to read the opinion of our paper that the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) is the wrong entity for spending RDA money to purchase tables/chairs etc. to help downtown businesses expand business opportunities based on input from our city planner. The reason given was ...

Playing landlord to tenants in the nest

If you have followed the misadventures of Xena, the Amazonian robin who has set up house on our porch, you haven’t quite heard the last of her. The large red-breasted squatter is living rent free on our baker’s rack, and reigning over her kingdom, our back porch, as if she owned the ...

Disputing ‘shameful’ take on agency

I’m torn between two topics today. One is the apparent inability of today’s Republican Party to formulate policy or do anything much besides fling at liberals crazy accusations of impossible horrors. But I’ll set that aside for now to deal with the column of the dreadful Star Parker on ...

Get passenger rail ‘back on track’ in the Northeast, Pennsylvania

“They say they built the train tracks over the Alps… before there was a train that could make the trip. They built it anyway. They knew one day the train would come.” This familiar line comes from a popular motion picture, “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Decades later, the train did come to ...

Disputing ‘shameful’ take on agency

I’m torn between two topics today. One is the apparent inability of today’s Republican Party to formulate policy or do anything much besides fling at liberals crazy accusations of impossible horrors. But I’ll set that aside for now to deal with the column of the dreadful Star Parker on ...

A party with plastics

When I got married parties to buy a brand of plastic containers were popular. People hosted them in their homes. The hostess had all kinds of perks for doing the hosting. There was a demonstrator who brought all of the items with her to demonstrate. It was her job to make the stuff so enticing ...