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In wake of our nation’s worst mass shooting: Why? How?

Evil of the worst kind. Unspeakable. Horrific. These are just a few of the words that immediately come to mind over the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Dozens dead. Hundreds injured. Families torn apart. A nation is mourning. And hopefully, we’re all looking into the mirror ...

Free speech, constitutional rights for who?

By WILSON RICCARDO Free speech is a hot topic these days, as freedom of expression and the infringement upon said right is frequently in the headlines of newspapers and news shows across the country. Indeed, in the last year or so I have seen several phenomena billed as representations of ...

The Vietnam War revisited

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have performed a vital public service in making their documentary "The Vietnam War" for PBS. Given the division that war caused in America, it is a pretty fair chronicling of the way things were half a century ago. The film brought back a lot of mostly bad ...

Thank you, first-responders

MARITHA BOYER Lock Haven Dear first-responders; r 911 emergency dispatcher. r Haneyville Volunteer Fire Co. r Jersey Shore Ambulance. r Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital. r Geisinger LifeFlight crew. r Geisinger Medical Center. I was bitten by a rattlesnake the first week of ...

Writers write because they read

One of the many inscriptions displayed inside the Library of Congress is the time-honored phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Do you know who first coined that sturdy line? It was Edward Bulwer-Lytton, the same author who gave us these undying words: “It was a dark and stormy ...

When airport security is insecure

Poor Roger Vanderklok. All he wanted to do was fly from Philadelphia to Miami in order to run a half-marathon. It was not even a full marathon, but he did not know what a run was in store for him. In his carry-on luggage, he possessed a heart monitor and watch stored inside a piece of ...

Fighting for free speech

By Ed Feulner As a new academic year is underway on many campuses, it’s a good time to ask: What’s the purpose of school? Is it education, or indoctrination? More and more, sadly, it’s the latter. We like to think of our universities in picturesque terms — bastions of open learning ...

The middle class:  Uninsured and hurting

Brace yourself for the next health insurance crisis: the uninsured middle class. The Affordable Care Act added millions of mostly poor people to the insurance rolls. But the law is driving premiums so high that middle-class people can no longer afford insurance. Several million are ...

Community colleges overlooked

By GENE BUDIG And ALAN HEAPS For all the focus on our nation’s schools, community colleges get short shrift. In the debates about the role education plays in our nation’s economy and democracy, we too often overlook our two year colleges. Originally created more than a century ago, ...

What’s left of Irma may stop by, so here’s some tips on preparation

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is reminding residents that preparation and awareness are essential parts of storm safety, as Hurricane Irma approaches. Pre-Storm tips r Write down, print or save toll-free outage hotlines for your electric utility and/or your natural gas utility, ...

Good things come to those who work

t’s Labor Day 2017, some 124 years after the first such legal holiday was declared in 1894 to be the first Monday of every September to “celebrate the working class.” We would add “ ... and hard work.” Some would argue that this holiday has become more about having fun before the ...

Saving energy is good for the environment … and your wallet

Imagine 282,000 homes - ranches, split-levels, Colonials, even mansions. Houses as far as the eye can see. Now imagine all those homes going completely off the grid for a year — as in, not using any electricity. Not running the dishwasher once. Not baking a single cake or loaf of bread. Not ...

Political elites causing deeper currents in American politics

Back when I was a pollster, I would explain that following the daily polls was like watching a heavy rainfall on the surface of a river. There's a lot of action and noise and splashing around, but nothing that gives you a real sense of where the river is going. For that, you must look ...

Check charities before giving

(Editor’s Note: The advice below is even more significant as many people and organizations are soliciting donations for the flood victims in south Texas who are now homeless from Hurricane Harvey. There is great need to help the thousands of people displaced by the storm ... indeed, ...

Speak out about Sayers Dam at tonight’s workshop

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission will host a public workshop tonight at the Bald Eagle Area Middle School and High School to explore operational alternatives and a feasibility study at the Foster J. Sayers Dam and Reservoir at Howard. The Corps and ...

Millennials Matter

They have arrived. “Millennials” the largest age cohort in American history is now pushing 80 million. They were born roughly between 1982 and 2000. (There is no precise agreement on this.) The youngest is about 18 and the oldest about 35. Over the next 10 to 20 years they will dominate the ...

Why do old people get cranky?

I hear you already. All old people aren’t cranky. I have a friend who is 96 years old and is the delight of all who know her. She is independent. She works in her garden every summer. She drives herself to church and the grocery store. She exercises a couple of time s a day. She ...

Free to step on your neck

“With malice toward none and charity for all” were the words of Abraham Lincoln inscribed on our very own monument to the Civil War. He brought us together during the worst time. If a people revolted because of his presidency, it is because of his commitment to a grander freedom. It ...

Shu, Grace

Colonialism is the opposite of Democracy

On July 4, we celebrated America’s 241st Independence Day from Britain and the tyranny of King George III. A few days before that, the people of Hong Kong and China celebrated their break from British colonialism: July 1, 2017, marked 20 years since Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 after ...

Workshop on Sayers Dam water levels should elicit strong public turnout

A plan to conduct a feasibility study to see if adjusting the seasonal water levels in Foster Joseph Sayers Dam will improve the downstream environment is not sitting well with residents and property owners at Howard. But that should be of no surprise to anyone, especially the study’s ...