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Dollar General is a part of Americana worth saving and celebrating

From the Right / Salena Zito /

TARRS, Pennsylvania -- Five years ago, the plot of land where the Dollar General store sits on Glades Pike was just that: a plot of pastoral greenery located near a row of neatly kept homes in an unincorporated village that once briefly boomed as a coal town.

The store's familiar yellow sign with bold, all-capitalized black letters sits ...Read more

How the populist uprising of 2016 will reverberate in 2020

From the Right / Salena Zito /

WESTBY, WISCONSIN -- In a country increasingly engaged in national politics and divided, the next 12 months may feel like 12 years. Voters in both trenches are eager to vote, convinced not only of victory but also of vindication. The shocking result in 2016 wasn't a black swan, an irregular election deviating from normalcy, but instead the ...Read more

Everett is the town that wouldn't be passed by

From the Right / Salena Zito /

EVERETT, Pennsylvania -- For the past two years, items on layaway for over 200 families at the Walmart here have been paid for by some generous soul who won't reveal his or her identity. Last year, this modern St. Nicholas paid off $46,000 in items placed on layaway by local residents. This year's total was $40,000.

Nestled in the narrows ...Read more

Trevor Donovan a different kind of celebrity on twitter

From the Right / Salena Zito /

RUSSELLTON, Pennsylvania -- Despite his natural shyness, Trevor Donovan has shined in an occupation that demands extroversion both on the job and off. The Hollywood actor, who is currently best known for his roles in the highly popular Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, overcame his social awkwardness by deciding to utilize his high profile for ...Read more

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


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