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Football practice will begin next week at Pennsylvania’s big state-related universities, but the Legislature’s game of political football with the institutions’ funding is a year-round, far-less-entertaining spectacle. 💬

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee offered U.S. Supreme Court justices an opportunity to salvage their standing with the American people on Wednesday, by approving a bill that would require a court ethics code. 💬

Safely reducing recidivism among people released from prison long has been one of the most difficult questions for the criminal justice system and, especially, for lawmakers who stake their careers on being "tough on crime." 💬

Certain truths are immutable, even in the internet-driven age of alternative facts. The sun still rises in the east and sets in the west. Tides rise and fall on predictable schedules. New Jersey drivers are the worst in the land. 💬

Political candidates project confidence while campaigning, but it is striking how often officeholders run for two offices at once to hedge. 💬

Advocacy and enforcement have helped to diminish underage drinking, but it’s still a significant problem that also should inform state legislators as they begin to consider fully legalizing marijuana use. 💬

Election Letters

The Citizens' Voice will publish no letters to the editor concerning candidates or issues in the May 16 primary that arrive in our newsroom after 5 p.m. on May 4.

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The recent report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAPE) showed substantial declines in the nation’s eighth grade-students’ learning in math and language arts. Scores in math for 13-year-olds declined by nine points between the 2019 and 2023 school years according to the… 💬

The past two and a half years under the Biden Administration have been damaging to our nation’s national security, economic strength and public safety. 💬

The bipartisan debt ceiling legislation passed by Congress last week included full funding for veterans’ health care. That sounds like great news for the brave men and women who fought for the freedoms that we all enjoy today — and, for the most part, it is. 💬

Students fortunate enough to take an introductory economics course can glean insights that help them better understand alternative answers to the question about student loan forgiveness. They learn there are three factors of production: land, capital and labor. Land is defined as the raw mat… 💬

A few weeks ago, our marketing director at the United Way sent a question to our staff that I really had a difficult time responding to. She asked, “Who was the teacher who had the biggest impact on your life and why?” 💬

I write in opposition to the charter amendment proposed by Luzerne County Councilman Gregory Wolovich Jr., which would give council authority to appoint all five Election Board members and to limit the chair’s tenure to just two years instead of four. 💬