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Fighting the opioid epidemic from a behind a computer

Anyone remember when President Donald Trump declared America’s escalating epidemic of opioid addiction “a national health emergency” that is ripping families apart? The October announcement may have gotten lost given the sheer amount of Trump news, but that declaration allowed the ...

North Korea and presidential hot air about nuclear threats

Talk is cheap, especially in matters of foreign policy. Over the past decade, we’ve learned that words — soft or tough — won’t abolish the North Korean nuclear threat; only action will. To our detriment, both the current president and past presidents have proved this fact — in ...

Dent’s departure makes Allentown vulnerable to Democrats

WASHINGTON — It is almost a law of our political physics: Those who choose to leave Congress thereby demonstrate qualities that make one wish they would linger here longer. After seven terms in the House of Representatives, which followed eight years in Pennsylvania’s House of ...

The roller coaster that is the Trump Administration

We are not one week into the new year, and it’s already a roller coaster. The Dow Jones industrial average is up, breaking 25,000 on Thursday; President Donald Trump is down and dirty tweeting about his, ahem, great big nuclear button; and Steve Bannon has taken us around the curve, ending ...

The ground is shifting under Obamacare

President Trump has perfected the art of antagonizing his opponents with provocative tweets. He demonstrated this skill recently in declaring that the tax reform act, by repealing the Obamacare mandate, had effectively repealed Obamacare. This generated a number of stories from left-leaning ...

Button, button, who’s got the button?

In the early evening of Jan. 2, the president of the United States tweeted this boast: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear ...

2017 will go down as the year the last norms fell

It really wasn’t all that bad. That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: “Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?” Only one answered in the affirmative. The rest deferred ...

A New Year’s resolution for the press: Professional integrity

On the first day of this new year, A.G. Sulzberger, new publisher of The New York Times, issued a public statement of purpose. He quoted approvingly the vision of the paper’s founder, Adolph Ochs: “To give the news impartially, without fear or favor, regardless of party, sect, or interests ...

Renters win in tax law; Democrats lie about it

Renters came out winners under the new tax law. For over a century, the federal tax code catered to homeowners and treated renters like second-class citizens. Homeowners have been able to deduct interest on their mortgages and home equity loans, as well as property taxes. Meanwhile, everyone, ...

ASK A DESIGNER: Using trendy ‘Ultra Violet’ hue in decor

When the Pantone Color Institute recently announced its color of the year for 2018, the vibrant “Ultra Violet,” it might have seemed a natural fit for fashion and cosmetics. “Ultra Violet is a color that’s almost like a neutral in fashion now,” says New York-based interior designer ...

Trump making little progress on promises to voters

Almost one year in, it’s time for another update for Trump voters on his election promises: 1. He told you he’d cut your taxes, and that the super-rich like him would pay more. You bought it. But his new tax law does the opposite. By 2027, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, ...

Growing citrus indoors takes patience, pays off handsomely

When Heather Rhoades bought her first indoor orange tree nearly 20 years ago, she had to order it from a specialty online retailer. Now, it’s not uncommon to find citrus trees at local gardening centers or big box stores, said Rhoades, owner of Gardening Know How , an online resource based in ...

Do you know your soil by name?

“Soil don’t get no respect,” Rodney Dangerfield might have said (but didn’t). Perhaps you know your state bird or flower, but do you know your state soil? Well, in recent years soil has begun to get more respect. Since the celebration of the Soil Survey Centennial back in 1999, each ...

How to clear a clogged drain

Home plumbing systems are designed to handle heavy usage. When everything is working as it should, toilets flush, showers drain properly, and sink basins empty of water in a snap. But when a clog is present in a system, water can quickly back up. There are various techniques to clear clogged ...

A new year challenge of restoration

WASHINGTON — The nation faces a new year with an immense challenge. It is somehow to find a way to restore faith in its political system and leaders after one of its most divisive and bitter years, marked by a breakdown in the national conversation. Radical changes in the means of ...

Keeping guns away from the most dangerous

Hooray! America has just set a new record. Want to guess what it is? Record-breaking high school math scores, you say? Nope. Maybe a record number of workers pulling themselves out of poverty, or a banner year for a decline in infectious diseases? No and no. Here’s the news: On just one ...

Government control can make life unnecessarily difficult

We are a nation of 325 million people. We have a bit of control over the behavior of our 535 elected representatives in Congress, the president and the vice president. But there are seven unelected people who have life-and-death control over our economy and hence our lives — the seven ...

Trump’s list of accomplishments isn’t small, but party running the show

Contrary to what many predicted, President Trump’s end-of-year accomplishment list isn’t that skimpy. That’s an analytical observation. For many, particularly liberals and Democrats, Trump’s first year hasn’t been merely bad. It’s a great evil, a grievous wound to the American ...

When judicial deference becomes dereliction of duty

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin’s Supreme Court can soon right a flagrant wrong stemming from events set in motion in 2014 at Milwaukee’s Marquette University by Cheryl Abbate. Although just a graduate student, she already had a precocious aptitude for academic nastiness. On Oct. 28, in an ...

The New York Times covers over-regulation

It may not be exactly the coming of the Messiah, but seeing a front-page story in The New York Times about over-regulation certainly feels like a breakthrough of note. Titled “One Apple Orchard and 5,000 Government Rules,” the story focuses on the Indian Ladder Farms apple orchard in ...