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Fat preference vs. real acceptance

By LAURA FINLEYThe risk with any kind of binary-thinking is that there is no real room for difference.You are one or the other.The U.S. loves its binaries: Black or white, man or woman, gay or straight.Such thinking misses the complexities of people, limiting us all into narrow boxes.Perhaps ...

No shortage of suggestions for Corbett

By PETER JACKSONAssociated PressHARRISBURG - Gov. Tom Corbett, trailing badly in the polls and running out of time to reconcile anemic tax collections with election-year appetites for new spending, has undoubtedly gotten plenty of advice from fellow Republicans on how to assure his political ...

New ‘Waters of the U.S.’ rules will impact farmers, homeowners

By CARL T. SHAFFERFarmers across Pennsylvania and the nation are opposing new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Although the rules are characterized as regulating water, they would expand the federal regulation of virtually every acre of ...

Father’s Day … spend time with your children

I wish I had been a better father.I wonder if anybody else has felt this way?It seems like yesterday that my two beautiful sons, Jared and Zachary, were only small children. What happened to those days when we played in the yard, swam, or just spent time together?The days of telling silly ...

Dads, stop breaking your children, please

(Editor's Note: This column was written by the author in September 2010, appearing at www.danoah.com and www.danpearce.com). This is the final of two parts.)By DAN PEARCEDads. Wake up! These precious souls that have been put into your care are unique and so very sensitive. Everything you say or ...

Bible digest

"For the LORD, the God of Israel, said that he hates putting away: for one covers violence with his garment, said the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that you deal not treacherously." (Malachi 2:16 AKJV)When we see the devastating results of divorce on parents and children we ...

Consumers advised to be cautious of door-to-door, telephone schemes

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission reminds Pennsylvania residents to be diligent when weighing electricity offers from door-to-door and telephone solicitors."Customers can save money on their electric generation by shopping, and we encourage them to join more than 2 million of their ...

Congratulations, Dad, you just broke your child

(Editor's Note: This column was written by the author in September 2010, appearing at www.danoah.com and www.danpearce.com). This is the first of two parts as, due to its length, the column is split, with the second part appearing tomorrow, June 14.)By DAN PEARCEI feel a need to write this post ...

A fresh approach to helping seniors live healthy

By TOM JOSEPHPutting wholesome foods on the plates of older Pennsylvanians who may not otherwise be able to afford them is the goal of an annual statewide effort just under way.The Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program makes vouchers available to seniors, who can use them to buy fruits and ...

Survey: One in three potential new hires refuses or fails drug test

One-third of all applicants are ineligible for good-paying jobs in Pennsylvania's manufacturing sector due to drug use or drug test avoidance, according to a new study commissioned by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association and conducted by Tel Opinion Research.The survey of 200 ...

Shrinking the General Assembly won’t solve our problems

By LEO KNEPPEROnce again, proposals are circulating to reduce the number of Representatives and Senators elected to the General Assembly.This time around the Senate bill being also debated makes reductions to the state judiciary and eliminates the position of Lieutenant Governor.Last year the ...

Online marketing schemes lure in customers

By MATT SWAYNEDespite warnings and legislation, online consumers may still be susceptible to post-transaction marketing schemes, according to Penn State researchers.At least 40 percent of consumers who made an online purchase in a study bought an additional product, even though it offered no ...

Coal isn’t dying, it just can’t compete

By CHRISTINA SIMEONEFirst off, coal isn't dying.Coal is being out-competed in the domestic electric power markets by cheaper, relatively cleaner natural gas. However, at the same time, coal is breaking records in the international export markets, indicating economic viability.Second, there is ...

The war on coal driven by deceptive language

By TOM HARRISUniversity of Florida Linguist M.J. Hardman tells us ("Language and War" 2002) that "Language is inseparable from humanity and follows us in all our works. Language is the instrument with which we form thought and feeling, mood, aspiration, will and act[ion], the instrument by ...

Tiananmen Square in China, 25 years later

By ED FEULNERIt's one of the most iconic images of the 20th century: a man standing perfectly still, facing a large tank as it bears down on him.He's unarmed and alone. Defenseless except for an unshakeable conviction that freedom is so important, it's worth risking your life.Which is just ...

FDR’s Prayer on D-Day

A "Prayer on D-Day" by Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States of America, at June 6, 1944My fellow Americans: Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our allies were crossing the Channel in another ...

The virtue behind D-Day

By ED FEULNERIf I asked you, as we mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, to sum up that battle in one word, what would it be? For me, it would be "courage."Courage means going forward, into the unknown, with no guarantee of success. It means moving out of your comfort zone and being willing to ...

With funds lagging, lawmakers eye higher cigarette tax

By ANDREW STAUBwww.paindependent.comHARRISBURG - Some state lawmakers have eyed a severance tax on natural gas extraction as the revenue hero that could swoop in at the last-minute to save Pennsylvania's struggling budget.But could it have a sidekick, too?This week, state Sen. Anthony Williams, ...

Towns applaud release of gas fee funds

The following statement was issued this week by David Sanko, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, which represents the 1,454 townships of the second class across Pennsylvania. Townships, in turn, represent more residents - 5.5 million Pennsylvanians ...