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Commentary: Me too: Simple words that reveal deep pain

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Commentary: Me too: Simple words that reveal deep pain

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com If you spend any time at on Facebook you might have seen some of your friends and family post two simple words, “me too.” Given the events of the past week I didn’t need to read the explanation – that people, women mostly, are typing those seemingly innocuous words to show […]

Commentary: Hypocrisy knows no boundaries

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Commentary: Hypocrisy knows no boundaries

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  It’s hard to imagine two people more different in politics and temperament than Tim Murphy and Harvey Weinstein. Murphy, the Republican congressman from Western Pennsylvania, carved himself a niche as a conservative anti-abortion Christian. As a member of the pro-life coalition in Congress he has voted consistently to limit access to […]

Commentary: People kill people, but access to guns makes killing too easy

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Commentary: People kill people, but access to guns makes killing too easy

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  The National Rifle Association is absolutely right about one thing: Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. That gun sitting on a shelf, in a safe or in a case at your local gun shop isn’t any more dangerous than the baseball that sits in a corner at my home. Guns, […]

Commentary: When bribery is just part of the job

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Commentary: When bribery is just part of the job

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  Imagine working in an industry where bribery and extortion are just how you conduct your everyday business. You want something from a colleague who won’t listen to your point of view? Just offer him or her a bribe. When your boss or colleague wants you to do something you might not […]

Commentary: We need an office of American dignity

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Commentary: We need an office of American dignity

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  There is a powerful scene in episode seven of “The Crown,” the Netflix series about the early years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, where the young monarch confronts that aging lion of Great Britain, Winston Churchill. Churchill had had a debilitating stroke in the summer of 1953 and with […]

Commentary: We need government — and not just when disaster strikes

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Commentary: We need government — and not just when disaster strikes

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com For more than three decades we have lived with the mantra that “government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” Those lines came from President Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address in 1981 and since then it has been fashionable to bash government, no matter where you […]

Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

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Commentary: Challenges to voting rights threaten democracy

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   The United States has imposed new sanctions on Venezuela because that country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has slowly dismantled its already weak democratic institutions. Maduro is Fidel Castro-lite, undermining the legislative and judicial branches as he rewrites the nation’s constitution with a hand-picked, specially elected assembly. The Trump administration has […]

Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

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Commentary: Tear down the relics of the Confederate past

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com   I loved movies when I was a child, no doubt in part because when my dad didn’t want to see a film at our local theater my mom would take me. That’s how I ended up in a darkened theater watching “The Cardinal” and wondering when those lovely red […]

Racism has only one side — hate

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Racism has only one side — hate

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com Nothing says “hate crime” like the chilling events of last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Why else would a self-described white supremacist turn his vehicle into a deadly weapon and slam into a crowd of people protesting Nazis, the Klan and the other hate-mongers who congregated in that bucolic college town? One […]

Commentary: Whatever happened to shame?

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Commentary: Whatever happened to shame?

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com  Ever wonder what happened to that quaint old notion of shame? You know what shame is, don’t you? It’s the sensation of embarrassment and humiliation when you recognize that you have done something wrong, that you have offended the sensibilities of honorable people. I began wondering about that notion when former […]

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