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College campuses arming officers as parents, others seek assurances

By CAROLYN THOMPSONThe Associated PressNearly all campus police officers at public universities now carry guns, pepper spray and other weapons, according to a new Justice Department report, and experts say more private schools are looking to arm police.Overall, about two-thirds of public and ...

City among ‘best places’ for small business

By ABBY PERKINSwww.talenttribune.comIs starting a small business the new American dream? It just might be. According to a recent University of Phoenix survey, 63 percent of 20-somethings own their own business or want to in the future, while 53 percent of American adults have seriously ...

Americans need money, not Washington

American's median income was $51,939.00 in 2013.In 2012, our median income was $51,759.00.In 1999, the pre-recession peak median American income was $56,436.00.Five years ago, the United States Treasury took in $2.1 trillion.Last year, our federal government collected a record amount of taxes, ...

Romney’s ghosts of elections past

By G. Terry Madonnaand Michael L. YoungMuch chatter amid even more controversy has met the news that Mitt Romney may be running again for president. Whether he should or shouldn't, whether he will or won't are questions to be answered over the next several months. But we don't have to wait that ...

Rise in cases of child abuse, neglect alarming

n case you missed it, Clinton County Children and Youth Services is reporting an alarming increase in cases of child abuse and neglect in the New Year.The agency received 48 protective or abuse investigation referrals from Jan. 1 through last Friday, up from 37 in all of January of 2015.With a ...

Pennsylvania’s Shield Law protects Democracy, ensures freedom of the press

By MELISSA MELEWSKYPNA Media Law CounselHARRISBURG - The 35th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury Report #2 was released publicly last Thursday.Among other things, the grand jury, seated in Montgomery County and supervised by Judge William R. Carpenter, calls for a narrowing of the Pennsylvania ...

Charities, cities at odds over Pa. constitutional amendment

By MARK SCOLFOROAssociated PressHARRISBURG - In just a few months, state voters could find themselves picking sides in a long-running dispute about who decides which charities should be exempt from taxes, a decision with significant financial implications for the charities and the cities and ...

Don’t take things for granted

The terrorist ordeals in Paris have certainly captured the attention of the world, and rightfully so. I feel fortunate to have had the experience I'm having here in Afghanistan as it has me between the two worlds that "Je Suis Charlie" represents.I've had more than a passing interest in Islam ...

Citizens United will stifle U.S. business innovation

By DAVID LEVINEFive years after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United vs. FEC, the United States is still feeling its ill effects.The 2012 election cycle proved to be the most expensive cycle in history, with an estimated $6 billion in spending on federal races; 2014, ...

Big tax bills for poor, tiny for rich

American politics are dominated by those with money.As such, America's tax debate is dominated by voices that insist the rich are unduly persecuted by high taxes and that low-income folks are living the high life. Indeed, a new survey by the Pew Research Center recently found that the most ...

Wanted: Leaders for Lock Haven

The elections this year involve a race we haven't seen in a long time.Lock Haven Mayor Rick Vilello is not seeking re-election.He is leaving the chair open for a new city leader.Two members of City Council have declared their intentions to run for mayor, Republican Rick Conklin and Democrat ...

2015: Deciding between the good and best for year ahead

2015 will be over almost quicker than you can say Happy New Year!Just look how fast 2014 sped by us all.Time rarely feels as if it's standing still unless we are waiting on something to happen.Time only drags when we need something to happen like a cure for a disease, a job to open or a ...

As pay falls, job growth surges

By JOSH BOAK andCHRISTOPHER S. RUGABERAP Economics WritersThis isn't explained in Econ 101.Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response.They're not happening.Last month, employers added a ...

Opportunity for all, favoritism for none

By ED FEULNERMany of us launch a new year with resolutions.We may not write out a formal list, but something about the arrival of January 1 makes us want to do better.We start a diet or an exercise program.We read or pray more.We get organized.Most of these improvements occur on the personal ...

Don’t be afraid to give kids independence

When I started second grade at St. Mary's Elementary School in Albuquerque, my parents decided it was time I learned how to walk to school.The trek from my grandparents' house, where we lived in a small two-room adobe casita at the rear of the property, to the school a mile away took about a ...

Salvaging kids from a broken system

By Gene BudigNews about the present and future of American K-12 education continues to be discouraging.But a series of effective out-of-school programs is creating a glimmer of hope.If we focus on these, thousands of children can be salvaged from a broken system.First the bad news (culled from ...

State townships chief on municipal pensions: The rest of the (untold) story

By DAVID M. SANKOMake no mistake: Pennsylvania is in the midst of a public pension crisis.The headlines, including those generated by recent comments by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, indicate that the predicament is deep-rooted and widespread.But do the news reports tell the whole ...

Looking forward by looking back

By LEE H. HAMILTONWith the 114th Congress underway, the political world is focused intently on the road ahead. Taxes, trade, immigration, climate change, job creation, the Affordable Care Act there's a long list of issues and one burning question: whether a Republican Congress and a Democratic ...

Pa. spends far too much on its legislature

About $263 million.That's what has been budgeted for the Pennsylvania General Assembly this fiscal year.That's a lot of money - especially when you consider the state is looking at some serious structural deficits in the coming years.Think about it: More than a quarter of a billion dollars just ...