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Where Did All the Workers Go? Some of Them Bought the Farm

From the Right / Salena Zito /

LIGONIER, Pa. -- For the last 47 years, the farmers market located along the old Lincoln Highway has drawn a good-sized crowd to the open field where it sits here on the edge of this Westmoreland County town.

This year, thanks to a combination of the psychological after-effects of the pandemic, a renewed interest in localism, and the staggering...Read more

It's the Uncertainty, Stupid

From the Right / Salena Zito /

SCRANTON, Pa. -- Ask a restaurant owner how difficult the COVID-19 era has been, and the list of struggles is lengthy -- loss of customers, supply chain problems, doubling and sometimes tripling of food costs, utility costs and the inability to find or keep workers. Many business owners will tell you their revenue has returned to pre-COVID-19 ...Read more

From the C-Suites to the Media, When It Comes to Energy, We Need More Balance, Less Fear

From the Right / Salena Zito /

IMPERIAL, Pennsylvania -- In the last 22 years, protecting and caring for the planet has gone from a "we're all in this together" part of our culture to a political wedge issue. And it isn't just your average pedestrian wedge issue that surges and wanes with each election cycle. No, this one is volatile, vengeful and all-consuming.

We were ...Read more

The Upside-Down World of the Pennsylvania Senate Race

From the Right / Salena Zito /

ERIE, Pennsylvania -- If you are looking for conventional wisdom metrics that D.C. reporters and strategists use to outline what is going on in the race for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, the short and the long answer is there are none.

The Democratic nominee, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, with whom no one outside his tightly held inner circle has...Read more

American Flags, Born in the USA

From the Right / Salena Zito /

CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- Inside the Allegiance Flag Company's facilities, it is hard not to notice that the employees making the flags reflect the beauty and diversity that has always been the promise and purpose of our country. They use their skills to make American flags in America, perfectly encapsulating the three young owners' mission ...Read more

American Pride Is Out Here, Hiding in Plain Sight

From the Right / Salena Zito /

WEST NEWTON, Pennsylvania -- As the sun dipped below the horizon of the Laurel Mountains off in the distance of the Evergreen Drive-In Theater, families with children were spread out on their sleeping blankets in front of their cars. A cluster of couples were sitting in folding chairs, enjoying each other's company.

Then, they all stood and ...Read more

Flown Over: The Impact of Airlines Cutting Service to Flyover Country

From the Right / Salena Zito /

SWANTON, Ohio -- Twenty years ago, the Eugene F. Kranz Toledo Express Airport here in western Lucas County was abuzz with commuter traffic. The planes flying in and out were bigger, the fares were more competitive, and there was a multitude of options to choose from at this Midwest port city, located on the western tip of Lake Erie in the ...Read more

Tampon Shortage: Yet Another 'War on Women'

From the Right / Salena Zito /

BEAVER, Pennsylvania -- If you were looking to purchase tampons here at the Beaver Super Market along Third Street, the city's Main Street business district, the manager says there has been a shortage for a while. When he does get them in, they are gone by midday.

He is not alone. A visit to several larger chain grocery and pharmaceutical ...Read more

On the Front Lines of the Tearing of Our Social Fabric

From the Right / Salena Zito /

PITTSBURGH -- When the Hampton Battery was dedicated here in 1871 to a young Civil War soldier who lost his life protecting the Union at Chancellorsville, Virginia, the granite monument was a point of pride for residents of this neighborhood. They would stroll along the trails of the lush park filled with trees located across the street from ...Read more

Vestiges of Americana Fading Before Our Eyes

From the Right / Salena Zito /

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pennsylvania -- In truth, the last Howard Johnson's restaurant closed long before the one in Lake George, New York, did last week. The only thing that particular location had in common with the fried clams and 28 flavors of ice cream the restaurant was famous for was maintaining the iconic orange roof that signaled to families for...Read more

How Tim Scott Rose From Poverty to Become Our Only Black GOP Senator

From the Right / Salena Zito /

CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- Tim Scott knows the hassle that comes with being both black and conservative. Recently "The View" host Sunny Hostin said that being a black Republican is an oxymoron, and Scott, who is the only black Republican in the U.S. senate, just shook his head.

"The comments are ridiculous," he said.

The GOP has "championed...Read more

Ignoring the Noise and Running on Good Governing Are the Biggest Lessons of Georgia

From the Right / Salena Zito /

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said his decisive win on Tuesday had everything to do with focusing on the concerns of Georgia voters and not getting stuck on past grievances, no matter whether they came from former President Donald Trump, Stacey Abrams, or the corporations that sought to punish Georgia last year over the state's new voting laws.

"We ...Read more

What the Conservative Populist Coalition's Growth in Pennsylvania Means Going Forward

From the Right / Salena Zito /

FANNETTSBURG, Pennsylvania -- The first time I accidentally stumbled onto the cracked Back Road street sign in this Franklin County unincorporated town years ago, while covering the 2012 presidential race between then-President Barack Obama and Sen. Mitt Romney, I knew I had to turn onto it even though I had no idea where it led.

It was ...Read more

 

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