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Few things are more private than a person’s medical history. Yet without the consent of patients or their doctors, America’s second-largest health care system and Google are cooperating to share personally identifiable medical information on 50 million patients. Regardless of the intentions …

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Americans are having fewer babies and dying younger. That grim reality should be part of the conversation as this country tries to get past the wall of political intransigence that has prevented it from constructing a saner immigration policy and better health care system.

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If you’re tired of running around in circles to find a Christmas gift for the dog lovers on your list, I know just the thing for you to fetch.

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The Harvard-Yale football matchup is known among their alumni as “the game.” So, when students protesting global warming stormed the Yale Bowl at halftime, “the game” made national news for the first time in over a generation and it had nothing to do with football.

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President Trump didn’t jet off to Madrid for this week’s United Nations climateklatsch, but Nancy Pelosi brought a congressional delegation — and a message. “By coming here,” she proclaimed at a news conference, “we want to say to everyone: We’re still in. The United States is still in.”

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Thought: Without Christ, you simply can’t celebrate Christmas. He is the real reason for the Holiday season, make sure you keep Him first in your heart always and also in your Christmas celebration.

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Sports was much more enjoyable when reporters covered sports. Now print and broadcast coverage is cluttered with breathless opinionating regarding race, gender, inequality and which high school will next host barnstorming Colin Kaepernick’s aerial circus.

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It wasn’t exactly the shot heard around the commonwealth, but Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature on a bill allowing limited Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania represents a shift in centuries-old tradition. People on either side of this argument should be able to embrace the changes.

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I don’t blame millennials and Gen Z for mocking baby boomers with the trending “OK boomer” meme.

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In just a few years, vaping has surged among teenagers and others. By some estimates, as many as 1 in 4 teens has vaped, which shouldn’t come as a surprise when vaping products are marketed in flavors like strawberries and cream, watermelon and root beer float.

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Thought: Refusing God is the greatest mistake one can ever make in life.

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In a mad dash to expand all their favorite “green” cash grabs before the end of the year, House Democrats have published their most bloated smash and grab yet.

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This is the time of year when private businesses typically conduct evaluations of their staffs and executives, partly to set compensation rates for the coming year.

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During the Holiday Season, which now stretches from Autumnal Equinox to New Year’s Day, it’s nearly impossible to turn on the radio or walk through a shopping mall without hearing the rich, mellifluous voice of Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives. Few people can place his name but in the coming weeks mil…

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Thought: The infinite mind of God knows me better than I know myself. He watches out for my circumstances and needs. Nothing in my life takes God by surprise, He’s looking down and telling His children “I’ve got this, no need to worry and fret, I am in control”.

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Over the centuries, repressive regimes the world over have learned the same lesson: Once accustomed to freedom and participatory democracy, people will cling to it with a grip that cannot be broken.

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Pictured are Thomas and Barbara Lewis and their son, Chester, father of Thomas Lewis, Cinda Wigfield of Everett and Barbara Pensyl (deceased), and their daughter, Elizabeth Yoder, mother of Deloris Housel and Thomas and Clair Yoder (all deceased). The photo was submitted by Cinda Wigfield.

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When the news broke that Chick-fil-A would stop donations to the Salvation Army, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Paul Anderson Youth Home because they do not recognize same-sex marriages, the chicken franchise became another conservative casualty in the culture war of social justice.

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Maybe it’s because my first viewing of “Rudolph” occurred when I was four years old and my first viewing of “Frosty the Snowman” happened when I was a worldly wise nine-year-old, but I’ve always been extra cynical about Frosty.

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You may have read that a judge has ordered that Don McGahn, the former White House counsel, must testify in response to a Congressional subpoena. What you probably didn’t read in the impeachment press is that the sweeping ruling essentially eliminates a right to confidentiality between a Pre…

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Thought: Learn to be grateful and responsible for even the smallest things in your life.

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The crashes of two Boeing 737 Max aircraft within the span of five months raises the question: Who is making sure airplanes are safe?

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Last August, Attorney General Josh Shapiro unveiled a list of more than 300 catholic priests who are accused of preying on children — many by name — that were brought to light in a statewide investigating grand jury report. The list was the result of a two-year investigation and published as…

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What’s the best gift you ever received? Whatever it was, it surely wasn’t a material item bought in a store.

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A time-honored device recognized almost everywhere as a symbol of medical care has been deemed near its death bed by some. But the stethoscope still is a relevant and critical aspect of health care.

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For Thanksgiving in Brooklyn, my Sicilian grandmother would make lasagna to eat and cook a turkey to prove she was a naturalized citizen.

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One of my first observations after immigrating to the U.S. in 2013 is that Americans are allergic to face-to-face conflict. Coming from a Tel Aviv, Israel, home where every family dinner quickly turned to a screaming match about political issues before the main course, “agreeing to disagree”…

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Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”

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Thought: In a life full of plenty and prosperity we often take things for granted.

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While Washington is often dominated with partisan gridlock, Congress can put politics aside and improve the everyday lives of Americans by passing a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), a trade deal that would replace the outdated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Thought: Thanksgiving is the therapy we need to keep us aware of the blessings and the beauty of life.

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Last week, I took part in ThinkFest, a program sponsored by Philadelphia Magazine. This year’s theme was “The Year is 2039. Philadelphia is America’s Greatest City. How Did We Get Here?”

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The federal budget is on an unsustainable path, with high and rising debt,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told the Joint Economic Committee on Nov. 13. “Over time, this outlook could restrain fiscal policymakers’ willingness or ability to support economic activity during a downturn.”

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Judge Thad Balkman has had several brushes with fame. When he was 14 years old, filmmakers shooting “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” used the Balkman family’s house in Long Beach, Calif., as Ferris’ suburban Chicago home. In high school, Balkman was elected president of a senior class that include…

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The opening days of the House impeachment inquiry deepened the sharp political divisions that make our country more polarized than we once could have imagined. We seem unable to find common ground on even the most fundamental issues of law and evidence. On those same days, I saw commemoratio…

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Donald Trump admits no mistakes; his Roy Cohn-learned reflex is to punch back at critics harder. Kudos to Mike Bloomberg for having the maturity to forthrightly, albeit very belatedly, acknowledge he was wrong on a major crime-fighting pillar.

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It is the sad nature of governance in Pennsylvania that a law is necessary to preclude elected representatives and their publicly paid staffs from accepting cash from entities seeking favor with the state government.

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Thought: God doesn’t call us to be just “good people” but He calls us to think, talk and act in His likeness.

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Students and teachers from the Manns Choice High School class of 1939 are shown. In front, from left, are Clifford Elder, Harold Hyde, Paul Cloud, Donald McCreary, Harry Horne, Donald Sams, Frank Smith, John Waugerman and Jerry Bohn; second row, Vernon Carpenter, Florence Diehl, Gloria Gensl…