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Hal Donahue
Hal Donahue is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. He served throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and with the British Royal Air Force. Following retirement, Mr. Donahue was employed as a vice president of several major energy companies. Mr. Donahue has served as a member of the board for several corporate and not for profit organizations. He now to devotes his time to assisting military veterans and working to elect veterans and supporters to all levels of political office. He and his wife of 40 years, Marg, reside in Scranton, PA and are the parents of three children. Mr. Donahue is a graduate of Colgate University with a BA in Economics and he received his MS in Administration from Central Michigan University.

Entries by Hal Donahue

5 Reasons the Republican Party Might Be a Cult

(305) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 12:28 PM


Are Republicans and many conservatives in a cult? The thought arose from a letter to the editor of the Scranton Times-Tribune by Mr. William Lewis, an 89-year-old World War II veteran:

The situation in our country right now makes me...
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Ignoring Real Heroes? Terrorism, Ferguson, Ebola

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 6:02 PM

Last year was not a kind year. Deadly serious issues confronted the nation. It did not go well. Several arenas epitomized these issues more than most.


Cancer in the extended family was our introduction to the US civilian healthcare system and...

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4 Must-Know Facts About Clinton Wealth

(99) Comments | Posted June 29, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Recent attacks from the right wing on the success of Bill and Hillary Clinton since leaving the White House are absurd. If Republicans are looking for someone who is out of touch and does not reflect middle-class values at heart, they only need to look in the mirror.


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Russia's Failure in the Ukraine

(21) Comments | Posted March 9, 2014 | 5:57 PM

Timid mice in Congress cringe in fear and bluster with outrage at Russia's invasion of the Ukraine. Seldom known for bravery and nearly always known for outraged bluster, Congress better find a spine. The United States, especially Congress, requires a reality check. Even at the height of the Cold War,...

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Welcome to Vietnam: Fallujah, Iraq and the Pentagon

(13) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Fallujah, Iraq, fell to Sunni fighters waving an Al Qaeda banner. Military veterans are voicing shock, sadness and hostility. My fellow veterans and families, the fault is not yours. The blood and wealth of many nations cover the battlefields of history. We serve America while hoping that she...

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Republican Shutdown: Believing Your Own Propaganda

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2013 | 7:24 PM

House Republicans shut down the federal government in a last-ditch effort to deny health care insurance to millions of Americans. Defunding Obamacare was the only reason -- not the deficit, not government spending -- only denying healthcare insurance to millions. The blow back from the people was immediate and intense....

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Burning Obamacare Draft Cards

(65) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 11:51 AM

The Washington Post is reporting that FreedomWorks is having younger people compare Obamacare to a military draft, and like the peaceniks they are (ahem), organizing them to burn "Obamacare Draft Cards."

I admit that I am old, and oft-times cantankerous, but this nonsense angered me far more than...

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Military Sequester: False Savings, Real Debt

(5) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said it best. He is quoted as saying: "Sequestration is a mindless, irresponsible process," he said. "You know it, I know it."

The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel quotes Hagel explaining further:

"To implement the steep and abrupt reductions that have been...
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Immigration, Republicans and Nuns on the Bus

(5) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 1:11 PM

Nuns on the Bus get it. If you want change, push up off your backside and put your name and your body out there, right next to your beliefs. A standing room only crowd of Scrantonians joined the nuns to do just that concerning immigration. The...

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Gunmen, Robbery and Obamacare

(21) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 11:23 AM

As Christmas 2012 approached and the holiday season began to build in earnest, one man wasn't thinking of the holidays. He was planning an armed robbery.

The man walked to his local convenience store, told the clerk that he had a gun and he was robbing the place. Receiving...

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The Second Amendment Is Safe. The American People Are Not.

(26) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:34 PM

My first gun fired a projectile and was a lever action, cork gun, a Christmas present. My father and uncles promptly indoctrinated me in gun safety and marksmanship. The targets were the ornaments on our Christmas tree. Through the fog of long ago youth, I still recall the men's whoops...

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When the Private Sector Goes Bad: Preying on Troops and Veterans

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:21 PM

With President Reagan's election, the majority of the American people embraced an economic and political philosophy enshrining the private sector as the driver of US life and values. The results are in. Look around. US physical and social infrastructure is crumbling and falling behind other industrialized nations.

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Three Reasons to Confirm Chuck Hagel

(11) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 1:59 PM

1. Honesty

That winter in Washington, DC was cold and damp. Yet, approximately a thousand military veterans marched in the street toward the White House and Congress. Marching against the government is not an action most veterans take lightly. Their purpose was to voice opposition to the looming invasion of...

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Fiscal Cliff: Two American Values Are Tested

(7) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 3:05 PM

On an early September morning in 1776, Captain Nathan Hale was hung in an apple orchard. The 21 year old officer's last reported words were:

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country

People tend to see our founders as gentlemen, to...

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5 Reasons to Vote Obama and Democratic

(9) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 6:00 PM

The many faces of Romney captivate an astonished nation. Since the Republican primaries, Romney morphs and shape-shifts his positions. The presidential debates clearly exposed Romney's shifting positions on virtually every issue with the exception of tax cuts for the very wealthy. More is at stake here than a mere candidate...

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How the Private Sector Failed America

(6) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 3:06 PM

U.S. corporations transformed our world. The cost of products collapsed. Productivity soared. Lean and mean supply chains, combined with employee cost management, benefited the entire globe.

The challenge confronting the world now is that neither the gains nor the pain were shared by all. A Robert Casey...

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U.S. Conservatism: An Evolutionary Dead End?

(26) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 2:45 PM

The Maine heat was stifling. Accompanied by parents, boys and girls bursting with excitement filled every available space in this kids' tourist train. Across from me in the antique rail car sat an extended Maine family. Even in these challenging economic times, the group seemed satisfied with their...

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Two Republican Fatal Flaws: EU Economic, Soviet-Style Defense Policies

(7) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 6:08 PM

The title is not hyperbole. Two fallacies cripple the Republican Party just as the nation sought better. A political party denying reality is dangerous. Republican Party economic and national defense policies failed catastrophically elsewhere in the recent past. Yet, through some combination of almost religious certitude and moral rectitude, the...

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LA Lawsuit Against VA Demands Accountability and Treatment

(14) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 5:57 PM

"War can take a serious toll, both physical and emotional, and it is shameful when our wounded warriors return home and are left to live on our streets," said former Adjutant General of the California National Guard, Maj. General Paul Monroe. "California has an incredible campus that was given to...

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Medicare, Other Issues Have Republicans Suppressing Social Media

(7) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 5:33 PM


Apparently missing the key role played by social media like Facebook and Twitter in the continuing Arab Spring, Republican Congressmen Barletta and Marino are adopting the tactics of former Egyptian President Mubarak. In an edict imposed by...

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