Stateside

A creative solution to put retired officers in our schools, HB 2563

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Creativity is still alive and well in the Pennsylvania legislature.  Representative Karen Boback (R) has referred to committee the Real Property Tax Credit for Security Services Act which would authorize school districts to establish programs permitting retired law enforcement officers to volunteer to provide security services within the school district in exchange for real property […]

Local Matters

Sewickley Heights Borough Response

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While the borough produced an excellent response to the Fetterolf lawsuit which all engaged members of the height community should read, there remain some questions to be answered: When were the Zoning Regulations written? (all 192 pages) Who voted to pass the regulations? Were they organically generated or state or federal mandate? Who constitutes the […]

History Bite

Essay 4: They Aren’t Family

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Essay IV.  They Aren’t Family Part IV of a IV part series.  Read Essay I or Essay II or Essay III. As previously discussed, Marxism, socialism and fascism were political movements which grew in response to disdain for the “capitalist system of exploitation” while adhering to an ultimate goal of complete redistribution of resources so […]

National Scene

Decreasing Recidivism, the FIRST STEP Act

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Much healing is needed in America and the FIRST STEP Act, HR 5682 (and companion bill SB 2795), is an excellent first measure toward reducing recidivism rates, encouraging prison reform nationwide and implementing strong second chance policies for offenders of the law. Many states including Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas have implemented successful reform […]

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Essay 3: Who Occupies the Right?

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Essay III.  Who Occupies the Right? Part III of a IV part series. Read Essay I or Essay II. In review, the continuum of political power is fulfilled on the far left with totalitarianism and/or majority rule while the far right terminates with anarchism and unbridled individual freedom.  The American Right is primarily occupied by […]

Local Matters

Cease and Desist: Sewickley Heights Borough versus Dundee Farm

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While the following article addresses only one aspect of the Fetterolf versus Sewickley Heights Borough suit, (the other being to determine whether or not some of the Fetterolf’s activities are in compliance with the borough’s interpretation of farm related activities), it does nevertheless rouse the senses concerning zoning rights boards and their authority over private […]

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Essay 2: The Continuum of Power

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Essay II.  The Continuum of Political Power Part II of a IV part series. Read Essay I   Modern ignorance has allowed the public in general to adopt a complete and non-sensical understanding of the spectrum of power based on party versus power. The continuum of power is characterized by absolute tyranny or totalitarianism on […]

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Essay 1: What is Fascism?

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In a series of four essays, we will address the question: Who Put Fascism on the Right? Essay 1: What is Fascism? Ideas of individual liberty, which had been cultivated and refined over centuries, finally blossomed into concrete political theory.  Concepts of liberty began to exist as a political manifestation known as liberalism.  Simply put, […]