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Drug courts at odds

By JEFFREY BENZINGwww.PublicSource.orgIn Allegheny County, Judge Lester Nauhaus sees his drug court as an alternative to the carnage of the drug war.Drugs drive crime. But locking up addicts doesn't stop crime. Nor does it stop drug addiction."Nail 'em and jail 'em wasn't working," Nauhaus told ...

RIP: The school property tax

Governors propose and legislatures dispose.That particular political adage could be one that Tom Wolf, the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, might ponder as he begins the likely lengthy process of steering his budget and tax proposals through the state's Republican dominated ...

Senior Projects are a ‘Core’ that cannot only be taught in class

e have the pleasure of reporting on the many wonderful, positive things our youth do for their family, their friends, their communities, and even strangers who need help.We're talking about high school Senior Projects.Senior Project presentations begin later this week in the Keystone Central ...

GOP lawmakers chafe at Wolf’s plan to award school tax cuts

By MARC LEVYAssociated PressRaising taxes will be a battle among Pennsylvania state lawmakers as they face Gov. Tom Wolf's call to correct a persistent budget deficit and a school funding system riven by huge spending disparities between rich and poor districts.And, should lawmakers agree to ...

The real March Madness

By GLENN MOLLETTEThe NCAA college basketball tournament is appropriately named March Madness.The craziest people associated with the sport are the University of Kentucky basketball fans.UK Coach John Calipari said so after the SEC tournament final game in Nashville, Tennessee.He stated to the ...

Has Penn State learned nothing?

The contrasts could not be more striking.Here's what University of Oklahoma President David Boren said when members of the SAE fraternity were caught on video reciting an appallingly racist chant:"To those who have misused their free speech in such a reprehensible way, I have a message for you. ...

Washington’s ludicrous sense of nobility

By GREG ALLENWho were we before we became Americans in 1776?We were just a bunch of dumb hayseed colonists, squatters, peasants with pitchforks to King George III.I can imagine George Washington and the boys sitting around the fire one night with George saying something like, "Lads ... I grow ...

Will Pa. change landmark public access law?

By MARK SCOLFOROAssociated PressPennsylvania's open records law has been hailed as a major success since its current version came into being six years ago, but some argue it's time to pop the hood and tinker with the landmark legislation.The law has kept the courts busy, and the Office of Open ...

Power of the Pa. millennial boom

By WEENTA GIRMAYwww.PublicSource.orgThis year, the Millennial generation will eclipse the Baby Boomers as the nation's largest living generation, totaling 75.3 million, according to U.S. Census data.For our purposes, the Millennials are that broad group born between 1981 and 1997, making them ...

Cohabiting … with children

I know a woman.Works like a dog.She's a loving mother, raising a lovable boy.She's also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon.But she's not married to the father, though he lives with her ... year after year. As for work, he does a little bit of this and a little bit of that. She ...

Technology does not guarantee transparency

In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent.The cost of archiving documents should be lower, because data can be housed on relatively small hard drives rather than in spacious warehouses. Likewise, the time expense of retrieving that data should be ...

How about trying common sense?

I've never smoked pot. Not once, nada ... zero. I guess I must be missing out on something, but I'm not sure what.My wife and I were in Seattle a year or so ago. We were there to visit my son. The city was having their first hemp festival.We saw a number of people walking the streets of Seattle ...

To kill or to cut? Wolf’s property tax plan has competition

By MARC LEVYAssociated PressThe success of Gov. Tom Wolf's plan to make Pennsylvania's school funding system fairer could hinge on this: Whether he can convince enough lawmakers that his plan would end the days of rising school property taxes.Wolf, a Democrat, has proposed a $3.2 billion plan ...

Governor’s massive tax increase plan would hurt families and employers

When Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his $34 billion budget burden for Pennsylvania this week, his priorities could not have been clearer: More spending, more taxes, and a greater burden on Pennsylvania's families and job creators.I can't ask my community - my neighbors and their families - to send ...

Data doomsday preppers

By SHELLY PALMERwww.shellypalmer.comWhile the Boy Scout Motto is, "Be Prepared" and I was very serious about Scouting back in the day I am always amused when I happen by NatGeo's "Doomsday Preppers," a show that "explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end ...

Bible digest

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." (Hebrews 13:8 AKJV)This is wonderful news. Jesus can help you right now. He never changes.

Bible digest

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5 AKJV)Are you in the midst of making an important decision? Stand on the promise above."A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within ...

A coal-lifting town

Lock Haven has been known for a lot of things. A big lumbering town. A driving force in World War II. Birthplace of the artist John Sloan. A huge prostitution town. Currently it's known for being "where that guy lives, the really good-looking one, I can't remember his name but he writes those ...

After-school, child care programs invited to check out 4-H

If you've heard of 4-H, then you may know how the 4-H Program typically "works": dedicated volunteers lead 4-H clubs that meet at locations in your community, and local families bring their children to 4-H meetings.But what about when that model doesn't work for families? If families are busy ...

Unsung volunteers take up the causes of babbling brooks

(Editor's Note:?We puiblish this commentary in recognition of the beneficial efforts of the Kettle Creek Watershed Association, Trout Unlimited and governmental partners to give new life to Kettle Creek in northern Clinton County by reducing and eliminating acid mine drainage in the West Branch ...