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Medicare Part B premium won’t rise in 2015

By CAROLE FLECKwww.aarp.orgSocial Security benefits will rise by 1.7 percent starting in January, the Social Security Administration recently announced.That's a tad higher than this year's 1.5 percent increase.It's also the fourth straight year that the cost-of-living adjustment was below 2 ...

Change … and hurting America

By GLENN MOLLETTEAverage America doesn't feel better off today.More of us are feeling the pain of the new government healthcare laws. My personal medical insurance premium will increase in January.My deductible goes from $3,000 to $5,000 and my co-pay also goes up. Beginning in January 2015, ...

Bible digest

"He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds." (Psalms 147:3 AKJV)Give your burdens to the Lord. He will take care of you.

Survivalism that isn’t

The media has called Eric Frein a "survivalist." If he is, he isn't very good at it. The police arrested him just before Halloween. He now faces a very long time in prison for allegedly ambushing and murdering a policeman and severely wounding another.That sounds like the opposite of ...

Bible digest

"Let every thing that has breath praise the LORD. Praise you the LORD." (Psalms 150:6 AKJV)We were created to bring glory to God. We will be incomplete until we do."He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is ...

Remember the Maine Street

So if I told you to meet me at the corner of Maine Street and Ross Avenue, one of two things would happen. If you were new to town, you might pick up a map and look for that corner, without any luck. If you were familiar with the geography of Lock Haven, you'd give me a funny look and ask where ...

4-H plus science equals rockets

Have you heard of STEM? In case you're not familiar with this acronym, I'll share that STEM stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math."Now that you know what STEM is, I've got another question for you: Did you know that the 4-H Program emphasizes STEM-related learning? 4-H ...

Life means death for thousands of Pa. prisoners

(EDITOR'S NOTE:?This is the second of a two-part series looking at inmates on death row in Pennsylvania's prisons.)By Jeffrey Benzingwww.publicsource.orgIn Pennsylvania, prison inmates are classified as geriatric at 55. Common health problems are diabetes, cancer, liver disease and heart ...

Death from a thousand cuts

The historic scope of Tom Corbett's loss on Tuesday must be understood to place it in any meaningful perspective.In losing to Democrat Tom Wolf, he became the first Pennsylvania governor in 40 years to fail to win reelectionand his party became the first party in 60 years to fail to win two ...

Life means death for thousands of Pa. prisoners

(EDITOR'S NOTE:?This is the first half of a story by PublicSource looking at inmates on death row in Pennsylvania's prisons. The second half will run tomorrow.)By Jeffrey Benzingwww.publicsource.orgDeath in prison is not rare.In Pennsylvania, one in 10 inmates is sentenced to life in prison. ...

What the election polls say

The Associated PressDemocrat Tom Wolf made a strong showing in Pennsylvania, easily beating Republican Gov. Tom Corbett to become the state's next chief executive.Corbett lost support across the board in seeking a second term, exit poll results showed Tuesday.In contrast to his successful 2010 ...

When will we stop insane spending on political campaigns?

Winners of state and federal mid-term elections are in, at least unofficially.But there are a lot of losers - and we don't mean only the candidates who were defeated.In many ways - billions of ways, in fact - the citizens of America are losers.Why?Campaign spending for this General Election in ...

Peace of mind

Despite the predictions of woolly bear caterpillars, almanacs or meteorologists about the upcoming winter, one thing is certain: Heating season will be in full swing.Another thing is certain: Eligible PPL Electric Utilities customers can get financial help with their heating bills or for ...

A big deal: Congress has cut spending in two consecutive years

By Dr. PAUL KENGORI recently attended a political event where a Republican congressman was making a re-election pitch. It was the usual stump speech. But one thing he said especially struck me. "This Congress has cut spending-yes, actually cut spending-each of the last two years," he asserted. ...

‘Buddy Bench’ gives shy students a chance to join in

(EDITOR'S NOTE: We publish this story below to again recognize that third-grade students at Robb Elementary School in Lock Haven already spearheaded the construction and placement of Buddy Benches at Robb this past year, with help from various people and groups, including the school's ...

Top reasons why you should vote

www.safetyandjustice.orgVoting is a way to speak your mind and let your voice be heard.Your vote is your voice.When you vote, you are actually telling elected officials and lawmakers how you feel about education, public safety, Social Security, health care, and other important issues.One voice, ...

Newspaper: Gas lines will take decades to replace

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pennsylvania's natural gas utilities say replacing cast iron and uncoated steel lines in their distribution systems that carry gas to homes and businesses will take decades and cost billions of dollars, a newspaper reported.The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review cites documents filed ...

Fill ‘er up: Gas under $3 for first time in four years

By JONATHAN FAHEYAP Energy WriterNEW YORK - The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price of $2-something a gallon."It's stunning what's happening here," ...

In legalization battles, alcohol defines the politics of marijuana

By DAVID SIROTACreators SyndicateWhen Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state not only broke new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy, it also validated an innovative new political message - one that compares cannabis to alcohol.Two years ...

School counselors take important tour

Almost 40 local school counselors recently attended a tour of area businesses.It may be among the most important things they do this school year.School counselors, by definition, are responsible for helping students plan careers after high school.Over the past four decades, the public ...