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State’s caps on solar power ‘frustrating’

By DANIEL MOOREPittsburgh Post-GazetteSolar advocates are discouraged following new limits approved by the state on how much electric utilities have to pay solar customers for excess power generation - though the fight, at least in the short term in Pennsylvania, is largely political.The ...

Highmark says it will cut doctors’ payments for ACA plans

By WES VENTEICHERwww.triblive.comCiting an estimated $500 million loss last year on health insurance plans sold on the Affordable Care Act marketplace, Highmark Inc. said it plans to reduce what it pays doctors who treat patients with the plans.Highmark plans to reduce payments to the ...

Hanger, the budget and the hard truth

By MICHAEL MANZOJohn Hanger resigned from his post as Governor Wolf's Secretary of Policy and Planning last week, but not before he gave a bit of ahem advice to those who run my alma mater, Penn State University.As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, Hanger essentially told PSU's top brass ...

Politicians gone ape

By RALPH DOTTERER JR."Houston we have a problem!"Some of us, who lived in real time, remember James Lovell's urgent message to Ground Control in Houston. Others may remember this quote from Hollywood's version, starring Tom Hanks, in the 1995 film "Apollo 13."With both fact and fiction, the ...

Why Trump is winning

The race for the Republican presidential nomination has a long way to go, and it's still quite possible that some candidate other than Donald Trump will be nominated. But, to the shock of many, it's also possible that Trump could move into the White House next year.The reason why was visible in ...

Gas pipelines the focus

By ELIZABETH LEPROwww.PublicSource.orgPennsylvania's state government - once focused on sustaining the coal and steel industries - is now trying to harness the state's current burgeoning economic opportunity: Natural gas.The state Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, which was formed by Gov. Tom ...

Projects increase Northeast natural gas takeaway capacity

Projects increase Northeast natural gas takeaway capacityBy PennEnergy.comOver the past several years, natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica areas has grown significantly: Their combined growth of 12 billion cubic feet per day since 2011 accounts for 89 percent of the United ...

The end of the establishment?

Step back from the campaign fray for just a moment and consider the enormity of what's already occurred.A 74-year-old Jew from Vermont who describes himself as a democratic socialist, who wasn't even a Democrat until recently, came within a whisker of beating Hillary Clinton in the Iowa ...

It’s not just in Flint, Mich., where kids are in danger

By RONALD WHITEand MOLLY RAUCHBrown, foul-smelling water spewing out of faucets. Children poisoned by lead and other toxic metals. Families with aching joints, brittle bones, and shocking hair loss. These troubling images and more have been flowing out of Flint, Michigan since late last year as ...

In all fairness to the charter school

By IVAN and CARLA McELWAINLogantonA Feb. 10 article in The Express titled, "Super's goals deal with areas of need, plan for the future," under the subheading, "Charter Enrollment," is a profound statement as to why parents and students are choosing the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School with ...

Local health-care funding is vital to our communities

By JOE SCARNATIAs the budget stalemate continues in Harrisburg, I know the hardworking constituents who reside in my Senatorial District are growing frustrated with the consequences of state funding not being distributed in a timely fashion.Rightfully so. I too am upset with the impasse, but I ...

New filings set stage for Pa. campaigns

By MARK SCOLFOROAssociated PressIt happens every four years in the world of Pennsylvania politics, and it looks like 2016 will be no different: Legislative races will be overshadowed by the presidential contest and Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's re-election campaign.But the current political ...

I’m sick of Presidential politicians grubbing for votes

Like millions of Americans in the middle of February I have the flu.Unlike millions of Americans I have a deadline.Forced to stay at home, sucking Vitamin C drops, I have read newspapers, listened to radio, and watched television as a source of diversion.Dominating the media is the campaign for ...

Restoring America’s greatness?

By WILSON RICCARDOMuch of the rhetoric in the current presidential campaign from each side of the political aisle is concerned with the phrase, "restoring American greatness," as if "American greatness" had a specific meaning.However, the French philosopher Michel Foucault reminds us that ...

Bible digest

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 AKJV)The Bible speaks to the heart like no other ...

The passage of Justice Scalia

By CLIFF RIEDERSAntonin Scalia is gone. He shocked everyone, especially conservatives, by having the audacity to die before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Most people thought that Ginsburg, having been racked by disease and pain, would die first.This would give Republicans, who believe that they ...

Bible digest

"I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not stick to me." (Psalms 101:3 AKJV)This is a good choice to make. May we love good and hate evil."Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the ...

Members drive CCAC arts opportunities

The Clinton County Arts Council's annual membership drive is now in full swing. We can continue to do great things if we have your support through volunteering and renewing your CCAC membership. We have an exceptional gallery, but it is only an empty building without an active ...

Benefits of home workouts

February is upon us, Central Pennsylvania! The last full month of winter is here and spring is right around the corner.February is noted for bringing sub-freezing temperatures and some moderate to heavy snowfall events to our area. With some temperatures struggling to get above the freezing ...

The names of Castanea

It was another one of those moments - As close as I get to a "Turn on the Bat-signal!"I love those moments.Theresa Brundage, the leader of Lock Haven Paranormal Seekers, took a look around Castanea. She noticed something- Most of the street names are women's names. Caroline Alley, Allison ...