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STEVE HINMANMill HallI read the "Our View" piece in Fridays Express on Page A4 by Caroline Little, the president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America. The piece was basically about the recent terrible acts in France and recent attacks on journalists all over the world.I picked out ...

Three openings on high court draw interest

By PETER JACKSONAssociated PressHARRISBURG - Every year is an election year in Pennsylvania, but 2015 has a quality that's likely to shake up the usually mundane judicial races: three open seats on the seven-justice state Supreme Court.A throng of more than a dozen hopefuls, including judges ...

Approve Keystone pipeline, repeal work-week requirement

From staff reportsWASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson has a message for President Barack Obama: Use common sense.He said he's referring to Obama's threatened veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline project.On Friday afternoon, the House voted 266 to 153 to approve the ...

Bible digest

"I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior." (Isaiah 43:11 AKJV)God is our only hope to be saved. Repent of your sin and commit your all to Him.

Join the Relay for Life

By BRENDA ANKNEYLock HavenOver the next few weeks and months, there will undoubtedly be a flurry of fundraising efforts for the Clinton County Relay for Life. Bingos, spaghetti dinners, bake sales and a variety of out-of-the-box events throughout the community all with a singular mission: To ...

Apologies for terrorists

It is starting already. After the butchering in Paris, the talking heads are at it.The military attack by the Soldiers of Islam on the free Western Press is condemned worldwide as reprehensible. More important than the expected expressions of outrage, is how the West sees Islamic military ...

Cowardice attacks on journalists are an attack on freedom

n Wednesday, the world was shocked and appalled by the deplorable attacks at the Paris office of the French satirical weekly magazine, Charlie Hebdo.Twelve men and women were murdered for expressing their freedom of speech.Sadly, it is not an isolated incident.In August, journalist James Foley ...

Advancing the State System in 2015

While it's only a few days into 2015, I already can feel the excitement and optimism all across the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education-from the Board of Governors to Trustees and university leaders to faculty, staff, and students-as we look forward to the year ahead.I want to take a ...

Study into gas line expansion must keep moving

Intense interest and progress must be realized on a joint study into how to expand natural gas service to homes and businesses in this region.A three-county study - Clinton, Centre and Mifflin - into how and at what cost to grow the natural gas lines was the subject of a local meeting late last ...

Natural gas program concerns area residents

By KELLY CERNETICHwww.altoonamirror.comGALLITZIN - About 100 residents attended a town hall-style meeting this past Monday evening at Penn Cambria Middle School to see whether a proposed natural gas heating program would benefit them.The program, set to be approved by the Public Utility ...

Putting clamps on absentee landlords

Absentee landlords will be getting a lump of coal for Christmas.A law went into effect Dec. 22 that stitches shut a loophole whereby landlords were able to hold out their hands to collect rent but wipe their hands clean when confronted with building code violations.Rep. Kurt Masser, R- ...

In 2015, make commitments, not resolutions

It's 2015.People everywhere are making resolutions lose weight, read more, quit smoking, etc.To resolve is the act of finding an answer or solution to a problem.Yet most of our resolutions are never achieved.According to Marti Hope Gonzales, Associate professor of psychology at the University ...

2015: The year of On-Demand

By SHELLY PALMERwww.shellypalmer.comTechnological advancements always empower people to behave differently what makes today different is that the rate of technological advancement is accelerating beyond our capacity, perhaps even our ability, to react and this... is new.Societal norms, laws, ...

Setting America’s priorities for 2015

Marci Rosenberg, a senior speech language pathologist at the University of Michigan, earns about $73,000 a year.Desmond Patton, who studies the problems of gang violence, is a professor at the University of Michigan. He earns about $80,000 a year.Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, who works with cerebral ...

‘Hold harmless’ harmful to some schools

By EVAN GROSSMANwww.Watchdog.orgThe flawed formula Pennsylvania uses to fund its school districts forces some of its best and brightest to do more with less."We have one of the best districts in Pennsylvania, and we traditionally have one of the lowest costs," John Bell, superintendent of the ...

Obesity is a disability, EU says

By HALLE STOCKTONPublicSourceObesity can now be treated as a disability in the European Union, a court ruling that has employers throughout its 28 nations reeling over potential consequences.The European Court of Justice made the precedent-setting decision in the case of a 350-pound Danish ...

New year brings renewed optimism for reform

By ANDREW STAUBwww.PAIndependentHARRISBURG - Rep. Brad Roae might be the most optimistic guy in the state House.Roae, R-Crawford, has plans to push a trio of reform measures that would eliminate state cars for lawmakers, strip lawmakers' cost-of-living increases and end per diem on weekends, in ...

Plans for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s inauguration slowly taking shape

By PETER JACKSONAssociated PressHARRISBURG - Organizers of Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's inauguration say it will be comparable to those of other recent Pennsylvania governors - a day of pomp and ceremony capped by an evening of revelry.But Wolf's Jan. 20 celebration ultimately will take on ...

Debate on American healthcare

By CLIFF RIEDERSDavid B. Nash is an MD, MBA at the Jefferson Healthcare System.His book, "Demand Better!, Revive our Broken Healthcare System," is serious food for thought.The doctor addressed a number of myths about the healthcare system. First and foremost, he said that doctors believe that ...

It’s a new year — take the LEAD

n Jan. 9, the FBI National Academy Associates and partnering organizations will promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (LEAD) in support of law enforcement officers nationwide.In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law ...