Meadville Tribune


  • When it comes to government, listen with your eyes wide open

    The McClatchy Washington Bureau recently reported that a new investor report by S&P Capital IQ, a division of McGraw Hill Financial, predicts the Standard & Poors 500 companies could shift 90 percent of their workforce from job-based health insurance coverage to individual insurance coverage sold on the nation’s marketplace by 2020. If health care inflation continues as it does, currently 7.5 percent, savings for S&P 500 companies could top $800 billion. If all companies with 50 or more employees followed suit, they could collectively save $3.25 trillion through 2025, according to the report. Based upon companies’ goal of increasing profits, there is, I submit, little doubt that since this shift reportedly could take place it will take place.

    May 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvanians may trust in God, but should we advertise it?

    The nation’s motto, “In God We Trust,” has strong connections to a native Pennsylvanian, but should the phrase become a mandatory fixture in commonwealth classrooms?

    May 11, 2014

  • Yard signs are out — the primary election is near

    It’s easy now to see an election will soon be here as yard signs supporting various candidates are visible across the county and television ads are turning negative.

    May 11, 2014

  • Careful planning is the key to a successful Mother’s Day visit

    Are you planning to visit your mom at a senior living residence for Mother’s Day? Are you wondering what you should do or what you should bring? Our experience may provide you with some valuable insight.

    May 10, 2014

  • Outside the box: Mom’s back from her mysterious departure to hear the leaves crackle under her feet

    On Mother’s Day last year, my mom was missing.

    May 7, 2014

  • Middle class families losing out in proposed tax change

    While the Pennsylvania House punted on statewide property tax reform, the state Senate may be ready to take a shot at a plan to rid the commonwealth of this most-loathed of levies.

    May 4, 2014

  • If our children are loved, they can make the world a better place

    “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” To me, this quote speaks of the future. The message I find is that through the way their children are cared for, one can see the society’s goals.

    May 2, 2014 2 Stories

  • Everyone can save a child’s life by reaching out to help them

    No child should live in fear of going home every night. With increasing poverty and hunger, the number of children in abusive situations increases. Money is a common issue in relationships. The frustration of poverty-stricken lives is sometimes taken out on innocent children. Children are an easy target for abuse. They are defenseless, trusting, easily persuaded and voiceless.

    May 2, 2014 2 Stories

  • Getting a seat at the table takes a strong jaw and spirit

    When I graduated from college, I had no job. I was told to get an unpaid internship to build my portfolio.

    May 1, 2014

  • Upcoming PENNCREST budget is a question of social justice

    I 100 percent agree with columnist Bruce Harlan’s statement that “men and boys would do better to apply their physical and mental toughness to issues of inequality, injustice, illiteracy and poverty” (“There is no war on men and boys — it’s actually the opposite,” April 14). There is no better evidence of these social issues than in today’s Pennsylvania school districts. At this time I will concentrate on our local school district, PENNCREST.

    April 24, 2014

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