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Jim Scofield | On religion, Founders deferred to citizenry
America was not established as a Christian nation, and it would be dangerous if it were.
Critz hoping for lt. gov. endorsement
Mark Critz does not think the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee will actually make an endorsement in this year’s lieutenant governor race during its meeting on Saturday in Hershey.
But, if one is given, the Johnstown resident definitely hopes he gets the nod.
Jim Scofield | Decriminalize drugs, just as we did with tobacco and alcohol
Every day, the newspaper lists more drug arrests and convictions. Yes, we all know addicts whose lives have been harmed by drugs. And we probably have many friends whose lives have been seriously damaged by alcoholism. Tobacco is even more dangerous, killing about 400,000 Americans per year.
Jim Scofield | Do we really need more 'war fighters'?
It’s hard to sympathize with local contractors’ beliefs that they aren’t receiving enough new military contracts, despite the announcement of several new government procurements for weapon systems (“Local firms land defense deals,” The Tribune-Democrat, Nov. 21).
Jim Scofield | Criticisms of new Affordable Care Act
It’s difficult to reconcile all the loose, thoughtless talk going against the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It ignores the obvious advances of the act.
Transfer date ‘water under the bridge’ for PSU
The NCAA rule connected to Penn State’s sanctions that had the earliest impact on the football program is set to expire.
Jim Scofield | In a democracy, gov’t’s plea to ‘trust us’ isn’t enough
Our government secretly conducts a massive program of assassinations in foreign countries, and conducts a massive surveillance system on millions of Americans’ communications here.
Jim Scofield | War on terror has claimed many victims
We Americans are not the sole victims we seem to picture ourselves in the various terrorist attacks that have occurred here, as if these were purely the acts of some gratuitous, demented Islamic conspiracy.
Jim Scofield | On human – and humane – benefits, U.S. could learn from others
The American press typically slams the European welfare states, playing to our traditional Puritan prejudices.
Jim Scofield | Tax on wealthy, not national debt, is real issue
The political conflict in the United States isn’t really about the national debt, but about lowering even further our historically low tax rates on wealth (top income tax rates were 70 percent to 50 percent during 1980s) and undercutting the New Deal programs, for example Social Security and unemployment insurance, and the 1960s’ Medicare and Medicaid programs, all under the pretense the United States can’t afford them.
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