December 2017

Letter to the Editor: Ultra-conservative? Not McGarrigle

To the Times:

I read the article in the Sunday Daily Times regarding Tim Kearney’s campaign to run against Sen. Tom McGarrigle in November 2018, and as Sen. McGarrigle stated, he “looks forward to a campaign where we discuss the important issues”.

Leanne Krueger-Braneky, a state representative for D-161, took the opportunity to play dirty politics and label Sen. McGarrigle as an ultra conservative Republican “from the party of Trump.” Should we connect her to Hilary Clinton? The woman who allegedly used her position at the State Department to obtain contributions for the Clinton Foundation? The woman who was investigated by the FBI? Does she want to be grouped with legal issues plaguing former members...

December 2017

Bill to create voluntary regulations for recovery houses heads to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk

A bill aimed at making recovery houses safer for people with substance use disorders was headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Wednesday.

Senate Bill 446, sponsored by Sen. Thomas McGarrigle, R-26, of Chester and Delaware counties, passed the House by a vote of 170 to 22 Tuesday, and was sent back to the Senate for a review of amendments. The Senate unanimously approved the bill in June.

Local lawmakers including state Reps. Frank Farry R-142, of Langhorne, and Tina Davis, D-141, of Bristol Township, have been pushing for recovery house regulations as the numbers across the state and in Bucks County have grown rapidly in recent years, and they applauded the new legislation Wednesday.

“Recovery housing...

November 2017

Editorial: Pa. legislators suffering from gas (tax) pain

Now that we have completed our annual day of thanks, we can go back to our normal routine, in other words the things we are not thankful for.

Here in Pennsylvania, that usually starts at the top, in this case the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

In case you did not notice, that funding plan our elected representatives cobbled together a few weeks back did not exactly have the financial experts who review Pennsylvania’s bleak fiscal condition doing cartwheels.

The House plans a huge boost in legalizing gambling and a big boost in borrowing to cover the $2 billion – and growing – state deficit included in that $32 billion spending plan. The House will dip into the fund set aside for the money...