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Marcellus growth justifiescalls for Pa. extraction tax
Wednesday’s front-page report about MarkWest Energy Partners’ construction project in Butler County offered a peek at the massive profits being generated by the natural gas boom going on in Western Pennsylvania. And judging from that view, the question should persist as to whether the industry is paying a fair price to the state for the privilege of drilling here.
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Even here in Butler County, elections have consequences
“Elections have consequences.” So said President Barack Obama soon after his Democratic Party in 2008 wrested control of both chambers of Congress as well as the White House. It was Obama’s way of notifying leaders of the Republican minority that they were no longer relevant.
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Wealth gap hides some good news
WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau released a report the other day on Americans’ wealth that seemed full of bad news. Middle-class wealth was down, and inequality — the gap between the top and everyone else — was up. Stereotypes seem confirmed.
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Don’t blame Burger King for ducking high U.S. taxes
Burger King, corporate deserter?
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Fix the broken immigration system
White House staffers are hard at work deliberating about what should go into the executive order the president is expected to issue after Labor Day: his do-it-yourself, go-it-alone version of immigration reform. The smart money is betting the president will grant some sort of temporary legal status to as many as 4 million unauthorized immigrants.
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The funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African-American shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, grabbed the nation’s attention not because of the attendance of celebrities, but because his very public death opened up and laid bare the racial wounds of a community, of a region and of a nation.
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Confrontation with ISIS inevitable
How do you deal with a hideous terrorist group that has morphed into a Mideast state with a huge war chest and an aggressive army — and beheads an American journalist?
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Brave professionals accept the risk
Real bravery is knowing that you’re risking your life for a worthy cause but doing it anyway.
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