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He makes a village

From the Right / Salena Zito /

SAVANNAH, Georgia -- Tyler Merritt has taken the saying "It takes a village to raise a child" and turned it a bit sideways. He's building a village, literally, to allow adults to raise themselves up. His village is a stabilizing rail, or a steppingstone to a better life.

Merritt, a former Army captain and special operations air mission ...Read more

In the 'nicest place in America,' community thrives

From the Right / Salena Zito /

COLUMBIANA, Ohio -- The thing about a city earning a title such as the "nicest place in America" is that outsiders often assume the people who live there don't have to work at being nice.

Well, anyone in this lovely city that straddles both the Mahoning and Columbiana Counties would say you do have to work at it. But like anything worthwhile in...Read more

Dr. Laura's lasting truths

From the Right / Salena Zito /

When Dr. Laura Schlessinger got her foot entangled with shards of broken glass a few months ago, she cleaned the wound, cringed at the amount of blood and went about her business despite a lingering, stinging pain that nagged at her to do something.

Apropos of what she does in her professional life as the host of the "Dr. Laura" program on ...Read more

America's troubled waters are all too familiar

From the Right / Salena Zito /

CRESCO, Iowa -- If you come to this rural Iowa town, you'll learn about a problem that may sound familiar.

In The New York Times, for instance, you've learned that many residents in Newark, New Jersey, have gone nearly two years without being able to turn on the faucets in their homes to take a drink of water, cook or even brush their teeth. ...Read more

Pennsylvania 2020: It's complicated

From the Right / Salena Zito /

Pennsylvania is not a slam-dunk for Donald Trump's reelection campaign.

That's one takeaway from Tuesday's elections, which turned the Philadelphia suburbs even bluer, as Republicans suffered additional congressional losses following last year's midterms. The Democrats have gone from a 13-5 minority in the House to a 9-9 split.

These results ...Read more

The bellwether house race for 2020 is in western Pennsylvania

From the Right / Salena Zito /

MT. LEBANON, Pennsylvania -- Army combat veteran Sean Parnell kicked off his race as a Republican running for the U.S. House here at Pamela's Diner. It's within a stone's throw of the district office of Rep. Conor Lamb, the Democrat he's challenging for the 17th Congressional District seat in 2020.

"My plan for today is just to tell the voters ...Read more

Will the Democrats miss middle America again?

From the Right / Salena Zito /

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In the weeks, then months and now years after losing the presidential election in 2016, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly demonstrated in speeches and television interviews that she has no idea why she lost. She has blamed everything from racism to Russia, from the media to sexism, from deplorables to stubborn, backward-looking ...Read more

Why Mark Zuckerberg wants to recruit outside the Ivy League liberal bubble

From the Right / Salena Zito /

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know that Facebook strives for diversity in its workforce -- and not just on the basis of race or gender. The CEO says he works hard to recruit people who attended a state school, are rooted to their local communities and come from traditional backgrounds.

"We certainly do," Zuckerberg said of his 40,000 mostly U.S....Read more

How Small Cities and Towns Can Right Their Ship

From the Right / Salena Zito /

ERIE, Pennsylvania -- Several large pieces of cobalt-blue glass panels bearing "Don't Give Up the Ship" and a bold likeness of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry lay broken at the top of the third-floor stairs of the old Park Place building in the city's main square.

If ever there were a motto that exemplified a place and her people, it would be ...Read more

Our 90-Second Culture

From the Right / Salena Zito /

A lot can happen in 90 seconds.

In 2013, it took the flight attendants on Asiana Airlines Flight 214 only 90 seconds to evacuate nearly 300 people off of a plane that had crashed at San Francisco International Airport -- despite their personal injuries and the flames and smoke in the cabin.

In February 2016, a high school senior named ...Read more

Old-school House Democrats face primary challenges from progressives across the country

From the Right / Salena Zito /

PITTSBURGH -- Jerry Dickinson is the Democrats' perfect House candidate -- and not just on paper. Yes, he's young, accomplished, academic and a charismatic liberal outsider who supports the ideals of the Green New Deal, the impeachment of the president and can self-raise an impressive amount of cash for his candidacy. He is all of those things ...Read more

Repurposing 'America's Hometown'

From the Right / Salena Zito /

OAKDALE, Pennsylvania -- Some towns die hard. This one nearly did.

The Aetna Chemical Corp. plant exploded 101 years ago, leveling most of the town, killing nearly 200 people, maiming hundreds more. Some body parts landed nearly a mile away.

The horrifying news ran across the front page of every newspaper in the country, with reports of ...Read more

The Crackers and Frackers Could Hold the Keys to 2020

From the Right / Salena Zito /

MONACA, Pennsylvania -- All Darrin Kelly wanted for the energy workers in Western Pennsylvania was that the Democratic presidential hopefuls would talk to them before going to war against shale.

That opportunity slipped away last Friday when Elizabeth Warren joined Bernie Sanders in calling for a total fracking ban.

"On my first day as ...Read more


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