Columns

Will government use its new leverage over the financial industry?

By DAVID SIROTAIf you read one business book this year, make it "Flash Boys" by Michael Lewis.The journalist famous for "Moneyball" and "The Big Short" takes readers inside the parasitic world of high-frequency trading that is harming the broader economy.The technical architecture of ...

Schwartz makes waves in race for Pa. governor

By PETER JACKSONAssociated PressIn a gubernatorial primary race that for months was marked more by congeniality than conflict, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz is putting Tom Wolf's front-runner status to the test.With her nearly 10 years in Congress and 14 years in the state Senate, Schwartz has the ...

Make six changes to the constitution

By MARK SHERMANAssociated PressIn the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens began thinking about ways to prevent a repeat.The result is Stevens' new book - his second since retiring from ...

The uninsured: Affordable Care Act only chips away at core goal

By JUDY LINAssociated PressSACRAMENTO, Calif.- Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened.Instead, because lawmakers in her state refused to expand Medicaid, the 46-year-old mother of ...

Plan would give radar guns to local police

By ANDREW STAUBPA IndependentPennsylvania motorists have long been able to set their cruise control a little bit faster if they know they're driving on a road where local police enforce the speed limit.That's because Pennsylvania law only allows state police to use radar guns. Local police must ...

As volunteer firefighter numbers dwindle, lawmakers suggest tax credit

Pennsylvania municipalities with a shortage of volunteer firefighters could eventually have a new recruiting tool.Tax breaks.Two state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would allow municipalities to waive local earned income taxes for volunteer first responders - including those at ...

Tax Day shows need for reform

By ED FEULNERHistorically speaking, April 15 has never been a day marked by good fortune.The Titanic sank on that day in 1912 (after striking an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14).Abraham Lincoln died after being mortally wounded the day before.And, of course, there's Tax Day."The ...

Healthier employees mean healthier bottom line

Every business is looking for ways to better manage costs while increasing productivity.One aspect of managing costs and productivity that many employers may overlook, however, is their employees' health.Why is employee health so important?The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ...

Survey shows ‘disconnect’ between policies, state education needs

At a time when the state's economy is struggling to pick up steam, Pennsylvanians are making strong connections between public education, state funding and economic development, according to a new statewide public opinion poll."While our state's year-over-year job growth sits among the weakest ...

Farewell, old friend

By RICHARD MORRISUnlamented and without a word of protest, the Thomas Simmons house, which stood at the corner of Jay and Church Streets, was recently "Steinbachered" into oblivion.In the year of Clinton County's 175th birthday, 171 years of its history was reduced in two days to ...

Advocacy group: Pa. universities discriminate against women’s athletics

By ANDREW STAUBPA IndependentNine Pennsylvania universities have failed to provide female students with equal athletic opportunities required under Title IX, the Women's Law Project alleged in a complaint filed last week with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.Of ...

Amid budget woes, gas drilling tax turns GOP heads

By MARC LEVYAssociated PressSlapping Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry with a new tax has long been the currency of Democrats, and now an increasingly grim budget picture is turning Republican heads in the GOP-controlled state Legislature.Some Republicans in the Capitol are predicting ...

Celebrating scholarship

As a working class kid, I was lucky to be raised near the University of Illinois, an institution roughly the size of Penn State. Professors lived scattered across the county.I learned that we cannot do well without their deep understanding of our world.This is not always a popular opinion. It ...

A good start

By G. TERRY MADONNAand MICHAEL YOUNGStill more than a month away, the hotly contested Democratic primary is finally moving into high gear. Over the next several weeks, Pennsylvania voters will be treated (if that's the word) to a veritable barrage of political ads, press releases, debates and ...

The whole state lost the race

By STEPHEN POORMANSince shining a spotlight on the taxpayer's cost to fund the hotel behind McDonald's, "deep-throats" have been calling. I genuinely appreciate those contacts.Part of my complaint was that the Fairfield Inn received a substantial tax break over an excessive term with no ...

My Obamacare plan is failing me

Last Tuesday was the last day to sign up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchange.Luckily, I've already purchased an exchange plan.But barely one month into my new health care coverage, I've started running into serious roadblocks.I battle fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that ...

The John Glenn connection

There's always a local connection.That's one thing I've learned over the years. Name any big, nationwide event, and if I look hard enough, I can find some connection locally. Sometimes, the connections are somewhat tenuous, but there's always something. I've discovered local connections to the ...

LH YMCA, 4-H partner for new programs

If you're like most people, then you connect 4-H with the county fair or other agricultural events.It's true that, in rural Clinton County, we do have a significant number of 4-H members involved in what we call our "animal science 4-H projects," in which youth raise, care for, and sometimes ...

Weak smog plan puts too many Pa. residents at risk

By KIM TEPLIZKYwww.sierraclub.orgGov. Tom Corbett's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will publish a draft plan intended to reduce dangerous smog pollution that puts more than two-thirds of Pennsylvanians' health at risk tomorrow, Saturday, April 19.The expected plan falls short, ...

Government as innovator? You bet!

"Both government and industry are needed to solve big problems. Collaboration puts us in a stronger competitive position than either sector acting alone."By LEE H. HAMILTONFive years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's ...