Columns

Adjunct professors and workers’ rights

The workers' rights movement has exploded in the last few years, with fast food, agricultural and other workers staging strikes and other nonviolent actions to demand increased wages, benefits, and better working conditions. One group of workers that has received far too little attention is ...

The choice to be conscious

How often are we truly conscious of what is going on in our own country?As the federal government squanders our tax money, do we understand the long-term implications of the bad decisions made in Washington?This summer, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) flopped miserably when ...

Change how Philly operates

By DAVID THORNBURGHThe recent 29 count indictment of U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Philadelphia, on charges of bribery, racketeering, money laundering, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and filing false statements reminded the people of Philadelphia that a corrupt and corroded political culture ...

Is transgender acceptable in the Christian faith?

When Bruce Jenner announced that he was going to embrace becoming a she, Facebook was a-buzz with self-proclaimed Bible scholars who obviously didn't know much about the topic. When some young people got into a heated argument, I was asked to clarify the topic. Let's employ the Wesleyan ...

LH Paranormal Seekers and the VFW investigation

I'm sitting here at my desk, working on an article. I'm wearing my T-shirt that says "I'd rather be ghost hunting." Not always true, of course - If Sandra Bullock should show up and want a walking tour, say, then I definitely wouldn't rather be ghost hunting. But I do like responsible ...

WHERE to FIND, and GIVE, SUPPORT

CLINICS- Immunizations in Lock Haven - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday (first and third Thursdays of the month) at City Hall, 20 E. Church St., for people who are under-insured or have no insurance. Vaccines are offered at low or no cost; the maximum cost is $5 and is payable by check or money order. ...

TAKE the STEPS to RECOVERY

Editor's note: Groups listed below focus on recovery from addiction, and the local meetings are open to members of the general public, unless otherwise indicated. Al-Anon is for friends and family members of addicts, and Romans 12:2 is for people battling addition and their families.- - ...

SENIOR CENTER MENUS

Bread available dailyMonday - Tuna noodle casserole, broccoli, yellow wax beans, applesauce cake.Tuesday - Italian-herbed chicken rigatoni with tomato sauce, cauliflower with margarine, apple.Wednesday - Cubed steak with tomato and onions, beets in orange sauce, cabbage noodles, ...

Michigan 4-H teen honors a fallen Marine

By CURT SMITHLansing State JournalMASON, Mich. (AP) - Steven Harkness put in a lot of work raising the pig he sold at the Ingham County Fair, but he didn't pocket the money.Instead, the 17-year-old of Leslie, Mich. gave it to a scholarship fund set up by a Marine killed nine years ago in Iraq, ...

No problems found with Ohio roller-coaster that fatally struck man

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - A safety inspection found no major problems with a roller-coaster that struck and killed a man who entered a restricted area to look for a lost cellphone at Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park, a spokesman said Friday.Police say 45-year-old James A. Young had just finished ...

Scarnati is not listening

We are now a month and a half in to a budget stalemate and tensions are high at the Capitol. This may be why state Sen. Joseph Scarnati, R-Jefferson, recently targeted me in an opinion column titled Protecting Pennsylvania taxpayers, which touched on budget negotiations and a Marcellus Shale ...

The 2015 culture index: Tracking the trends

By ED FEULNERWhy do we follow the news?To be informed, of course.We naturally want to be aware of what's happening at home and around the world.And in one sense, we've never been better equipped to do that. News is available 24/7/365. We read it, listen to it and watch it. And do so with ease ...

Defending democracy

By TOM HASTINGSIn our wonderful land of America we have ongoing debates, discussions, and principled differences.To the extent those are happening by citizens focused on the issues and not on character assassination or violent threat, those robust modes of discourse are the heart of a healthy ...

Things to know about Social Security’s disability crisis

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated PressThe 11 million Americans who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts next year - right in the middle of a presidential election - unless Congress acts.Social Security's trustees say the disability trust fund will run out of money in late ...

Should we cover up Washington?

By ROBERT MORRISONThe Old State House in Annapolis has just re-opened its historic Senate Chamber to public view. After a seven-year project of historic restoration, the Chamber now features a life-size statue of Gen. George Washington. Tourists and state lawmakers alike can see how they ...

Congress should make drug costs public record

Health-care cost inflation is expected to increase over the next year by more than 6 percent, following six years of low growth.There are many reasons, including an aging population seeking more complex care and increasing enrollment in health plans due to the Affordable Care Act expanding ...

Lawmakers must speed up state budget

A recent Associated Press news analysis began by saying that "for the third time in a dozen years, counties and nonprofit agencies that make up Pennsylvania's social services safety net are girding to pay the price of partisan deadlock in Harrisburg."It's an unacceptable scenario precipitated ...

Modest changes could save program

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERThe Associated PressAs Social Security approaches its 80th birthday Friday, the federal government's largest benefit program stands at a pivotal point in its history.Relatively modest changes to taxes and benefits could still save it for generations of Americans to come, ...

Pope Francis certain to challenge lawmakers

By ANDREW TAYLORThe Associated PressA political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body. So both Democrats and Republicans are looking forward to Pope Francis' remarks to Congress next month - and bracing for them, too.The pope thrills Democrats with his ...