Columns

It’s coming: Summertime in Clinton County

By KELLY McGHEEAfter the past winter that we experienced, I know there is doubt about when and if we will have hot days to send us into the water to cool off. It will happen, I have faith. The water to cool off in will be there, too: The Clinton County Community Pool at Mill Hall.You may see ...

Don’t change eligibility for Death-with-Dignity Laws

Thanks in large part to Brittany Maynard's very public utilization of the nation's first death-with-dignity law in Oregon and advocacy for similar laws nationwide, it is now the model for bills introduced since last year in 24 state legislatures and the District of Columbia.The states include ...

Bible digest

"Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21 AKJV)Being a Christian is more than just saying words. It is a life lived for the glory of God."The LORD also will be a refuge for the ...

New property to be named Poorman Gallery

We had a successful "Second Sunday" open house at our newest property, the former Jaycee building next door to the Heisey. When renovations are complete it will be known as the "Poorman Gallery" in acknowledgement of supporter and donor Steve Poorman, who made it possible for us to acquire the ...

The Cannon Hole

Over the years, there's been an unbelievable amount of valuable stuff dropped all up and down the Susquehanna. If you're any kind of occasional reader of my column, chances are you've seen me write about something of that nature. Gold, silver, gems, artifacts, missing documents, Amelia Earhart ...

As Pa. cuts tourism funding, officials look to local hotel tax

By ANDREW STAUBwww.PAIndependent.comHARRISBURG, Pa. State Rep. Karen Boback has heard all about Michigan's tourist attractions, thanks to the multi-million-dollar "Pure Michigan" ad campaign that brings views of the state's freshwater coastlines, scenic highways and picturesque lighthouses to ...

We need change now!

By LEE H. HAMILTONI've seen a lot over my decades in politics, and not much alarms me. But I have to be blunt: Money is poisoning our political system.The people who matter most to a representative democracy - the ordinary voters in whose interests elected politicians are supposed to act - feel ...

Kathleen Kane: Part of a bigger problem

By G. TERRY MADONNAAnd MICHAEL YOUNGKathleen Kane, Pennsylvania's embattled attorney general, is having some bad days.A year ago, she was the toast of state politics, in 2012 becoming the first women and first Democrat to win the office. These days she looks more like toast herself as she ...

Our fast-pitch softball church league

As told by J. Francis LongAuthored by Tom LongIn the days that followed World War II, as Americans and Lock Haven folks began to resume their lives and start new families, money was scarce and young people searched for inexpensive entertainment to distract them from the recent events ...

Free trade pact will hurt Pa. economy

WASHINGTON - An emerging trade agreement could cost Pennsylvania jobs and hurt the state's economy.So-called "fast track" authority or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is quickly moving through Congress and could set the stage for another NAFTA-style trade deal.As a member of the Senate Finance ...

Selective shame

By WINSLOW MYERSHundreds of people recently paid big bucks to hear Monica Lewinsky give a carefully crafted but also quite touching TED talk announcing her survival of a public shaming of planetary proportions.Brene Brown, a leading researcher who teaches resilience to shame, asserts that a ...

Farming moves north with temperatures

By FROMA HARROPBefore there was a California, New England fed itself. Somehow. The soil was lousy, the climate cold and the diet limited (lots of cabbage, no avocados). At least there was plenty of water.Thanks to improved transportation, the production of fruits and vegetables followed the ...

Townships call for preserving gas impact fee

By JENNIFER FLORERAnd GINNI LINNThe natural gas drilling impact fee has generated nearly $650 million for municipalities statewide since 2012, helping to mitigate the impacts of drilling and improve local services.Preserving that funding was a key theme among township officials who gathered in ...

No tax cuts for the 0.2 percent!

By JERRY GREENFIELDAnd BEN COHENGood grief Congress.Are you really going to give another tax break to those of us who need it least?Yes, we're witty and created a successful global brand.Yes, we're handsome and in demand for selfie shots at malls and village squares around the country. And yes, ...

It’s time – long past time – to put a woman on the $20 bill

An online campaign is underway to supplant the seventh American president, Andrew Jackson, with a woman on the $20 bill.Voting on the website Womenon20s.org has reached its final round, and the four finalists are: Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation; civil rights icon ...

Longer bar hours no solution for Pennsylvania’s ‘brain drain’

State. Rep Jordan Harris of Philadelphia has "brain drain" on his mind.As part of an ongoing modernization of Pennsylvania's archaic liquor laws, Harris wants to change the rules to allow some bars to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. - two hours later than the current cutoff - to encourage young, ...

Restore the 1965 exemption for active duty service

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."~ President George WashingtonBy TIM GWINNFor 47 years, from 1965 ...

Arbor Day: Planting trees, rebuilding communities, restoring hope

By DAN LAMBEAs the nation celebrates Arbor Day tomorrow, April 24, let's reflect on the value of trees, and highlight the important ability of trees to restore hope, bring healing, and lift spirits following natural disasters.Trees are vital to successful, long-term recovery efforts - from a ...

Bob Webber: A man and now a legend

From the Writer: On Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015, a man named Robert "Bob" Webber died at age 80 at Williamsport Hospital. Bob's wife, Dorothy "Dotty", preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 2012. I was fortunate to have visited Bob in his hospital room two days before he passed to shake his hand, ...

A day for Our Mother Earth

By TOM HASTINGSHow many holidays do we have?MLK Day in January. Valentines Day in February. Easter in March or April.Earth Day in April. Memorial Day in May, and so forth.Of those few examples, two were declared in my adulthood.New holidays take time to catch on and embed themselves in the ...