Pennsylvania’s dithering legislature unfit to address heroin and opioid crisis

With a health problem this severe, and growing this rapidly, you’d imagine Pennsylvania lawmakers might want to do something about it. Think again. Pennsylvanians are dropping like flies, yet these guys in the legislature only want to work six more days in the last three months of the year. In those three months, an estimated 900 Pennsylvanians […]

Will this year’s presidential election be rigged, as Donald Trump has predicted?

POLITICO COLUMN: ..It’s highly unlikely, and that’s true whether we’re talking about scary new threats, like cyber-hacking by the Russians, or old-fashioned ballot-box stuffing of the sort that ostensibly has led Trump to recruit his own poll watchers. We’re much more likely to see the kind of unintentional ineptitude that plagued the 2000 presidential race. […]

Pharma buys influence

By Dick Miller WE.CONNECT.DOTS:   Gotta hand it to our state legislators. Ten people a day dying from overdosing of anti-pain drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and fentanyl in Pennsylvania. Maybe you can tweak the laws a bit to slow the epidemic.  Changes like limiting scripts to ten-day supply.  No “emergency” refills for doses that are […]

[Lancaster Congressman Joe Pitts] received the most money from pain killer manufacturers

LEHIGH VALLEY MORNING CALL: A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that drugmakers that produce opioid painkillers and allied advocacy groups spent more than $880 million on campaign contributions and lobbying over the past decade as they worked to influence state and federal policies. … The investigation comes […]

LNP EDITORS GOT THIS RIGHT: An answer to the affordable housing crisis

LNP EDITORIAL: …Salisbury Township supervisors have said their goal isn’t to keep people out, but they simply don’t want to build on land set aside for industrial development. That sounds reasonable. But you can’t have industrial development — Urban Outfitters’ massive distribution center off of Route 30, for example — and, at the same time, […]

Drinking to Blackout

NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED: …“It’s pretty stressful here during the week,” explained the guy with the blue concoction in response to my uneasy glances. “So everyone tends to go pretty hard on the weekends.” I hadn’t known it at the time, but this was my first introduction to the aspirational “blackout.” That is, intentionally drinking […]

Help us! Legislature returns.

By Dick Miller WE.CONNECT.DOTS:   – Pennsylvania’s greatest and most expensive sitcom comes out of recess tomorrow. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives convenes after a summer of campaigning for re-election.  The Senate returns next Monday. The Senate convened for a half-day two weeks ago.  Embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane was convicted of high crimes and resigned.  While […]

Fentanyl Maker Kicks In Half a Million to Defeat Arizona Marijuana Legalization

By Phil Smith DRUG WAR CHRONICLE: Marijuana legalization advocates have long argued that pharmaceutical companies, who could lose out if marijuana is legally available, are some of the staunchest supporters of marijuana prohibition, and now an Arizona company is making their case for them.         Fentanyl (Creative Commons) According to campaign finance […]

LETTER: Paul Ware bemoans losses to his foundation caused by institution he headed

Re:  Jamanis Family Concert September 14, 2016 at 4:24 pm Edit Good thing it’s free. Last time I contributed to something by Veri & Jamanis, it cost my foundation millions. Sincerely yours, Paul Ware EDITOR: Paul Ware was the Chairman of the Board of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music (PAM) and as such the overseer of […]

Capitolwire: Quinnipiac’s new national presidential poll shows tightening – potentially a toss-up – contest.

Independent voters appear to be the primary reason for the narrowing of the gap. By Chris Comisac Bureau Chief Capitolwire HARRISBURG (Sept. 15) – Nearly three weeks ago, Democrat Hillary Clinton was characterized by many readers of national presidential polls as pulling away from Republican Donald Trump, with the Quinnipiac University Poll, like many other […]

The war that will not end. Russian – Japanese Territorial Dispute

By Slava Tsukerman Since the end of the WWII relationship between Russia and Japan have been complicated because of the unresolved status of the four islands of the Kuril Ridge. The two countries, despite the passing of six decades, have not yet arrived at a peace treaty. A week ago, speaking at the World Economic Forum, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo […] © 2016