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The media’s latest hot take is that Republicans — in particular the dastardly Senator Mitch McConnell — are blocking bipartisan legislation to protect the nation’s elections. Reality, as usual, is more complicated. Consider the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act, or the Safe Act, which the Democratic House passed in June.

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A gentleman who I befriended for a number of years now recently entered my house and acted out of character. One thing that drew us into friendship was the fact both he and I have physical impediments. Even though they are much different, for a spell we came to respect each other. I let him say his thing, and shortly thereafter, after finishing his “presentation,” he rose from the sofa, gripped his beverage and headed for the front door, exiting and closing the door behind him.

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The way we produce, consume and discard food is no longer sustainable. That much is clear from the newly released UN climate change report which warns that we must rethink how we produce our food — and quickly — to avoid the most devastating impacts of global food production, including massive deforestation, staggering biodiversity loss and accelerating climate change.

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It’s been said the longer one lives the wiser he becomes. My questions stands as read: Pertaining to what? I’ve been told several times I have to act a certain way. I can’t do this or that anymore. That old-school reasoning now has gone by the wayside. I find myself stunned, if not numb.

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The mishandling and misuse of consumer data has become one of the defining issues of the digital age. And so recent actions against the credit bureau Equifax and the social media giant Facebook were seen as a significant opportunity to set a course toward more meaningful accountability, security and privacy.

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Anyone who looks back over the years concerning the weather in July will tell you this month is known for its sunny, hot days. The 15th of this month of this year was no different. Instead of sitting at my computer, however, as I do many an afternoon, I was being transported in a vehicle to and back from a doctor’s appointment at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

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Imagine, if you can, a nationally televised debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent from the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe, or Gettysburg College, Scranton University or a joint Erie venue of Mercyhurst and Gannon University.