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‘Lies are the new truth’

Recently, I looked at the instructions on a skirt I was about to launder and noticed the small print on the tag: “Dirty is the new clean. Wear more, wash less. Wear it out or pass it on.” Love the sentiment; I’m a recycler from way back. But what struck me was the similarity to the new presidency where we have someone whose “alternative facts” are passed off as truth. The words coming from the mouth of the most powerful man in the world are not to be taken lightly. If we cannot trust him to tell the truth, what kind of a democracy do we have? Thomas Friedman wrote that a friend from Zimbabwe scolded him about our fragile democracy: Here in America, she said, we treat democracy as if we could “kick it around like a football, but in fact it is very fragile, like a Faberge egg. You can break it.” With Trump, we have someone whose sense of history, inquisitiveness, appreciation for the arts and even everyday common decency are sorely missing. The tagline for Mr. Trump’s administration should be: “Lies are the new truth.”

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Trump, advisers can’t be trusted

I appreciate Sen. Bob Casey’s dedicated attention to the issues that are facing our country. He and fellow Democrats who have some power to effect governmental change are serving as lifelines for the rest of us. I am supposed to write about only one subject at a time; however, 45 and his unqualified “advisers” are creating daily tsunamis of insane policy proposals, so it is difficult to choose just one. Trying to choose my top issue is like putting my hand to the ocean floor and trying to bring up just one grain of sand. I am unsure how much damage 45 and his cronies can do alone, but they are definitely being aided greatly by the spineless Republicans in Washington and elsewhere. So ... I feel that the most significant issue to point out is that 45 and his crew cannot be trusted to do what is necessary to provide for ordinary Americans. Our expectations for what we think America means have been smashed. They can’t even be trusted to tell the truth —about anything. I think that 45, Steve Bannon and the rest of them need to be removed from office before they have destroyed all of the reasons we and others have thought of America as a great place to live and a compassionate and just leader in the world. I don’t want my children and grandchildren to continue to live in fear and to think that 45 and his ilk are role models for them.

Opinion

Education foundation solid in Centre County

Perhaps, Albert Einstein said it best, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Recently, the Leadership Centre County class had an amazing opportunity to see education at its best throughout Centre County. The highly informative day was filled with so many outstanding opportunities that this narrative can only begin to list some of the highlights.

Opinion

Trump is rigging the system against us

Remember when Donald Trump said the system is rigged? Well, from his pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, to his proposed budget that slashes environmental protections and undermines basic research and investment in good renewable energy jobs, we know what he really meant. He wanted to rig the game against us.

Letters to the Editor

Pope deserves second term

Improved governance has been a major priority for alumni who have elected and re-elected reformers to the Penn State board of trustees over the past five years. My recent experience as a student (Class of 2011) confirms my support for Alice Pope, who deserves a second term because of her ongoing contributions to pressing issues facing the university.

Letters to the Editor

Thompson rushing bill into law

Congressman Glenn Thompson seems prepared to support Trumpcare, even in light of the Congressional Budget Office’s determination that 24 million Americans, including many of his constituents, will lose health coverage.

Letters to the Editor

Moving toward the end of one chapter

It is gratifying that after five long years from the time they were charged, Penn State University administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have enabled us to move toward the end of one chapter in the Jerry Sandusky atrocities by pleading guilty to child endangerment.

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UK Parliament on lockdown as authorities respond to incident on Westminster Bridge

NOTE: There is no audio. Britain's Parliament was on lockdown on Wednesday after an assailant stabbed an officer, then was shot by police, officials said. London Police also said officers were called to an incident on Westminster Bridge nearby. It was not clear exactly what happened or how many people were injured. On the bridge, witnesses said a vehicle struck several people, and photos showed a car plowed into railings.
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UK Parliament on lockdown as authorities respond to incident on Westminster Bridge

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Franklin talks spring ball

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Penn State men's hockey NCAA tournament watch party

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Penn State football players "Max Out"