Remembering what really built this country: immigrants

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa I have to prove I was born in the United States, again. I got the letter this week that I am being “audited” for my Real ID driver’s license, which means I have to pull out my US Passport and haul off to the Drivers’ License Center in Lancaster to prove, yes, I was born in California some decades ago. Yes, it is annoying, as I proved my citizenship,...

Op/Ed: Social Security must not be left behind In 2024

By Becky Corbin, Special to The Times Becky Corbin. Times file photo. Presumptive presidential nominees President Biden and former President Trump have a lot of stops to make on the campaign trail, and Pennsylvania will be right at the top of their list. The Keystone State is a crucial destination for any candidate for national office, and combined with our state’s competitive Senate race, voters...

Letter: How secure are 21st Century nuclear weapons from cyber attack?

To The Editor, The world is facing three existential threats: climate change, nuclear weapons, and AI. I would like to point out that all three are interconnected. Perhaps what is most worrisome is the real threat of 21st-century nuclear weapons being hacked. I would like to raise the alarm about the two trillion dollar “enhancement” or “modernization” of  US nuclear weapons. ...

Why do some people want you to hate people who are just like your ancestors? 

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa For nearly 200 years, Americans — okay, some Americans — have ranted, attacked and complained about immigrants. As immigration literally helped turn this country from an agrarian backwater to a superpower, it was always foolish. But the recent verbal assaults by the likes of Donald Trump (ironically, the son of an immigrant), aside from being reprehensible...

Letter: True conservatives believe in democracy and the rule of law

To The  Editor: Beware of people who are oblivious to the obvious. People who lose an election, and believe they won. Not based on evidence. But based on what they “feel.” I am a Conservative. Many Republicans today delude themselves by calling me a RINO (Republican In Name Only). True Conservatives believe in the Constitution, Democracy, and the rule of law. Donald Trump only believes in himself....

Are you still a Republican? Find out whether these quotes agree with your worldview

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times Still a Republican? Still thinking about what a vote for Trump or any MAGA candidate gets you? Take a little test. See how many of these quotes really represent you. The Supreme Court has made it more and more likely Trump will go in November without an election, so it’s more important than ever to see just what the Republican Party has become. Is it for you? THE...

On Stage: KMFDM keeps true to industrial rock roots

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times KMFDM When the dawn of industrial rock arrived more than three decades ago, KMFDM was there. The industrial scene has gone through many changes over the years. Many bands in the genre have risen, fallen and ceased to exist. Fortunately, KMFDM is not one of them. KMFDM is still here and is making music more powerful than ever. KMFDM have a new single...

A journey I never wanted to take

I am going to write of a journey I never wanted to take, a journey with only one end. Maybe, maybe…it will help others who find themselves on this path By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times THIS IS THE beginning of a tale about an ending. I have no idea how long it will go on, or where it will take me. I know the ending but am not able to accept it yet so it is a tale that will write itself as...

Alabama IVF ruling is the first step toward autocratic theocracy

By Rich Heiland, Columnist, The Times Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos are living children is a cruel blow to women and families, but it’s even worse than that… The decision makes it clear once and for all what the Republican Party of Donald Trump wants – not just an autocracy but an autocratic theocracy. If this decision stands and spreads it will gut the First Amendment. THE...

Letter: Elected officials must act to lower crime and gun violence

To The Editor, The gun violence and crime is still happening persistently throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Especially in our city of Philadelphia. Most people who have resided in Pennsylvania for more than a decade would have the same question about all the unlawful behavior. Why are there still multiple shootings with crime incidents all the time? At the rate this inhumanity is going our...