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When will we stop insane spending on political campaigns?

Winners of state and federal mid-term elections are in, at least unofficially.But there are a lot of losers - and we don't mean only the candidates who were defeated.In many ways - billions of ways, in fact - the citizens of America are losers.Why?Campaign spending for this General Election in ...

Peace of mind

Despite the predictions of woolly bear caterpillars, almanacs or meteorologists about the upcoming winter, one thing is certain: Heating season will be in full swing.Another thing is certain: Eligible PPL Electric Utilities customers can get financial help with their heating bills or for ...

A big deal: Congress has cut spending in two consecutive years

By Dr. PAUL KENGORI recently attended a political event where a Republican congressman was making a re-election pitch. It was the usual stump speech. But one thing he said especially struck me. "This Congress has cut spending-yes, actually cut spending-each of the last two years," he asserted. ...

‘Buddy Bench’ gives shy students a chance to join in

(EDITOR'S NOTE: We publish this story below to again recognize that third-grade students at Robb Elementary School in Lock Haven already spearheaded the construction and placement of Buddy Benches at Robb this past year, with help from various people and groups, including the school's ...

Top reasons why you should vote

www.safetyandjustice.orgVoting is a way to speak your mind and let your voice be heard.Your vote is your voice.When you vote, you are actually telling elected officials and lawmakers how you feel about education, public safety, Social Security, health care, and other important issues.One voice, ...

Newspaper: Gas lines will take decades to replace

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pennsylvania's natural gas utilities say replacing cast iron and uncoated steel lines in their distribution systems that carry gas to homes and businesses will take decades and cost billions of dollars, a newspaper reported.The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review cites documents filed ...

Fill ‘er up: Gas under $3 for first time in four years

By JONATHAN FAHEYAP Energy WriterNEW YORK - The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price of $2-something a gallon."It's stunning what's happening here," ...

In legalization battles, alcohol defines the politics of marijuana

By DAVID SIROTACreators SyndicateWhen Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state not only broke new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy, it also validated an innovative new political message - one that compares cannabis to alcohol.Two years ...

School counselors take important tour

Almost 40 local school counselors recently attended a tour of area businesses.It may be among the most important things they do this school year.School counselors, by definition, are responsible for helping students plan careers after high school.Over the past four decades, the public ...

Nov. 4: One day, many elections

How many gubernatorial elections will Pennsylvania hold this November?A trick question?Yes, sort of - but the question reveals an important and too little recognized characteristic of state elections.We vote statewide, but the votes come from 67 counties and seven distinct and diverse ...

Will voters wake up for Tuesday’s election?

By JIM RUNKLEjrunkle@lockhaven.comLOCK HAVEN -Will Clinton County voters set another record in this Tuesday's General Election?They did last spring in the Primary Election: It was the lowest reported turnout of voters in a long, long time, according to unofficial estimates.Just 17.56 percent, ...

The local race for U.S. Congress

By JIM RUNKLEjrunkle@lockhaven.comLOCK HAVEN - Candidates for the 5th Congressional District, Democrat Kerith Strano Taylor and Republican incumbent Glenn "GT" Thompson" were interviewed recently in order to contrast their stands on a number of issues, and to provide local voters with an idea ...

Wolf, Corbett sprint to finish of governor’s race

By MARC LEVYAssociated PressCARLISLE - Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates sprinted toward the finish line Friday, going town to town and rally to rally making their final pitches and encouraging their supporters to cast ballots and get everyone they know to join them.Democrat Tom Wolf and ...

A sigh of relief

By KATHY MATHESON and MICHAEL RUBINKAMAssociated PressMILFORD - For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.So on Friday, as state police paraded the gaunt and battered-looking ...

Race for 83rd state House seat in Lycoming

WILLIAMSPORT - The race for the state's 83rd House District seat representing Greater Williamsport is likely to bring out the vote here Tuesday.Incumbent Democrat state Rep. Rick Mirabito is facing a stiff challenge from Republican Jeff Wheeland, a Lycoming County commissioner. Their respective ...

Centre voting for U.S. Congressman, state reps

BELLEFONTE - Centre County voters have numerous offices to fill on election day besides the governor and lieutenant governor races.U.S. Congressman Glenn G.T. Thompson, Republican, is being challenged by Democrat Kerith Strano Taylor to retain his seat in the fifth congressional district.State ...

A look at claims in Pa.’s governor race

The Associated PressSome of the most prominent claims being made in the race for Pennsylvania governor between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democrat Tom Wolf, and a look at the facts behind them.___CLAIM: Corbett says Wolf is planning to raise middle-class income taxes.ANALYSIS: Wolf ...

Analysts: Frein arrest shouldn’t make a difference in gov race

By Bill O'Boyleboboyle@civitasmedia.comWILKES-BARRE (AP) - The arrest of accused killer Eric Frein won't spell victory of Gov. Tom Corbett, according to three political analysts contacted Friday.Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, they say, will win on Tuesday, making Corbett the first governor in ...

Wolf endorsed for by Lancaster Newspapers

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has picked up an endorsement from the Lancaster newspaper.In an online editorial posted Friday, LNP said incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has overstated his accomplishment, especially considering that his party also controls ...

Clyde L. Johnson

Clyde L. Johnson, 82, 221 Hyner Run Road, North Bend, formerly a resident of Emporium, died Oct. 29, 2014 at his home.He was born Aug. 23, 1932 in North Bend the son of the late Merrill L. and Dorothy Hiller Johnson. On Aug. 5, 1961 he married Olive L. Stone who died June 25, 1999.He was a ...