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The Herons Nest: Time to get serious in Pa.; the talk in Springfield; tank you from Sixers

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Talk from Tank time Springfield

Here’s something to ponder as you head to your local beer distributor to buy a six-pack.

No, that’s not a typo. You can do that now.

You can also buy a six-pack at many local supermarkets. Even a bottle of wine.

But you can’t buy beer at the Wawa or 7-Eleven. Unless you happen to live out in Concord, where Wawa is starting to dabble with beer sales at one of their wine stores.

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Pennsylvania is slowly but surely crawling out of the Dark Ages.

But it still has serious problems, issues that need to be addressed by our solons in Harrisburg.

Like this little issue. Stop us if you’ve heard this before.

Pennsylvania is broke.

Again.

Yes, in the Keystone State version of a broken record, we are once again swimming in red ink.

The latest numbers released in a report by the nonpartisan Independent Fiscal Office pegs the state’s current deficit at about $500 million. And that’s just to make it through the current fiscal year.

The imbalance is expected to balloon to $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year unless the Legislature takes action.

It’s not exactly a secret that I am the state’s foremost proponent of privatizing liquor sales in Pennsylvania.

The state has taken some halting steps. Republicans have professed their zeal to blow up the Liquor Control Board and turn the whole process over to private enterprise. Democrats, led by Gov. Tom Wolf, have resisted such efforts, instead looking to modernize and expand state store service while adding the convenience of beer and wine sales in supermarkets, and adding variety in the form of 12- and six-pack sales at beer distributors.

But let’s not kid ourselves.

It’s not exactly the most critical issue facing the state.

Not when the red ink continues to rise.

Not when public schools continue to struggle under an underfunded system that still tilts away from the neediest districts. And not when that “ticking time bomb” in the budget process - the massively underfunded public employee pension plans - get closer to detonating every day.

We just had elections. We for the most part returned incumbents to Harrisburg.

Republicans retained majorities in both the House and Senate.

It’s time to address the serious money issues facing the state.

Only then should we raise a glass and celebrate the tiny steps being made to bring the state into the 21st century when it comes to booze.

A NEW HIGH SCHOOL IN SPRINGFIELD

Hey, have you heard the news?

They’re planning to build a new high school in Springfield.

Yeah, it’s the talk of the town.

And that is not necessarily a bad thing.

Clearly, the school district administration and many residents believe this is the correct thing to do.

We’ve heard from many residents, fearful of whopping tax increases for years to come, who aren’t so sure.

This is all part of the process.

The district is trying to be transparent in this process.

That is to be commended.

We talk about it on today’s editorial page.

SIXERS TO FANS: TANK YOU VERY MUCH

The Sixers won a game last night. It was the second time this year they have been victorious.

But they’re still losers.

That’s because of something they did to their fans.

That’s correct, people still pay to see this team, despite another dreadful start and the last couple years of “tanking.” For those of you not familiar with it, that is the much-talked about “process,” losing to increase a team’s draft status and ability to acquire “assets.”

Not much of which has to do with putting the biscuit in the basket.

At any rate, the Sixers announced yesterday afternoon - no doubt after most fans had already made their decision about buying tickets or attending last night’s game against the Wizards - that center Joel Embiid would not play.

Embiid continues to be on restricted minutes as he slowly recovers from the foot maladies that cost him his first two seasons in the NBA.

Instead, Embiid will play tonight on the road in Minnesota against Karl Anthony Townes.

The game also just happens to be a national TV game.

Hmmm.

That middle finger you see being extended is a big thank you - or something like that - to Sixers fans from the team’s management and the NBA.

Columnist Jack McCaffery has it about right.

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