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Make financial literacy a high school staple

The typical high school student has a cell phone these days.What's the monthly bill?Then there's the used car, with its gas and maintenance.A new pair of jeans.Movie ticket and bucket of popcorn.All this spending draws against the income from a teen's part-time, low-wage job - or from an ...

N.Y. town sees license-plate readers as double-edged sword

(Editor's Note: The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation just announced that, starting Jan. 1, 2017, it will eliminate registration stickers for vehicle license plates while making available to police a new tool called Automated License Plate Reader, or ALPR, that will allow officers to ...

Our lunacy every four years

By G. Terry Madonnaand Michael L. YoungPolls reveal it, politicians exploit it, and voters confirm it. Americans are angry - very angry. Indeed, voter anger may be the driving force in the 2016 presidential contest.Much of this anger seems aimed at the political class, but maybe it shouldn't ...

Army to step up efforts to recruit women

By LOLITA C. BALDORThe Associated PressBeginning this summer, a visit to a local Army recruiting office will include a new set of gymnastic tests to help determine what military jobs a recruit is physically capable of performing.Prospective soldiers will be asked to run, jump, lift a weight and ...

Opening combat jobs to women raises questions about registration

By LOLITA C. BALDORThe Associated PressThe decision by the Pentagon to allow women to serve in all combat jobs has put new focus on an often-forgotten U.S. institution: the Selective Service.While America has not had a military draft since 1973, all men must register with the Selective Service ...

ISIS, blowback, and the beltway elite

It is curious to note the massive wave of changed minds by numerous political leaders concerning the United States and the Iraq War.Now, it is in vogue to say the Iraq War was a mistake. All of the clamoring about al-Qaeda being an existential threat to the United States has disappeared down ...

For whom would George Washington vote for president?

By HAROLD PEASE, Ph.D.As Presidents Day and presidential primaries are upon us one might ponder whom would President George Washington support in the 2016 presidential election?The answer is found in his famous farewell address given Sept. 19, 1796, just prior to his leaving the presidency. In ...

Out with license plate stickers, in with scanners

Pennsylvania is eliminating paper registration stickers that motorists affix to their license plates starting in 2017.The state Transportation Department anticipates the change will save more than $3 million in production and mailing costs.The savings will be used to purchase automated license ...

Where are our priorities?

By TIM REEVESOur legislators sat down with Gov. Tom Wolf on Feb. 9 to talk about the state budget; the budget for next year. I've always found it necessary to have the budget for this year finalized before moving on to next year. Maybe their plan is to ignore the issue entirely this year. Or ...

Charter school vs. Keystone Central

By IVAN and CARLA McELWAINLogantonIn response to Keystone Central School District administrators' year-long public hearings concerning charter renewal for the Sugar Valley Rural Charter School, previous letters to The Express described the education students receive at the Charter School as ...

Size matters: Keep pushing to shrink the Pa. Legislature

The journey of a thousand miles may begin with a single step, but Pennsylvania will never arrive at a smaller Legislature if it keeps having to repeat the first step over and over.That's why the House and Senate must keep building steam behind the long-running campaign to shrink the size of ...

Obama’s job-killing diversity police

By BETSY McCAUGHEYIf you're a white male looking for a job, it just got harder. Claiming women aren't getting paid enough, President Obama wants to make it easier to accuse employers of gender discrimination and hit them with class-action lawsuits.A new, proposed regulation would require all ...

Debate over women in combat continues to roil Marine Corps

By LOLITA C. BALDORAssociated PressA top Marine general predicts that the Defense Department's vows to maintain the same standards for women and men in combat jobs won't last, saying the military will eventually be pressured to lower the qualifications so more women can serve in jobs like the ...

Gov. Wolf to float new budget amid ongoing fight

By MARC LEVYAssociated PressOn Tuesday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is scheduled to release his 2016-17 budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.After an unresolved fight with the Republican-controlled Legislature, the Democrat is the first governor in modern Keystone State history ...

Stop falling for smooth talkers

By Rachel MarsdenDespite living in an increasingly disenchanted world, we seem to be in the grips of a global epidemic of naivety. People are far too easily seduced by exalted words and fine sentiments, and the result is a lot of severely dysfunctional relationships.No, this is not a column ...

Bible digest

"He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls." (Proverbs 25:28 AKJV)Are you out of control? Let the Lord calm you down and let Him be the Lord of peace of your life.

An open letter to state legislators

My name is Tim Reeves, I am the administrator-chief executive officer at Bucktail Medical Center (BMC) in Renovo, Pa.BMC, as you are aware, is a Critical Access Hospital. As such, we serve the rural population in Western Clinton County. In addition to the 21-bed acute hospital and 24/7 ...

Bible digest

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;" (1 Timothy 2:5 AKJV)The only way to God is through His Son Jesus. There is no other way.And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13 AKJV)Are you serious ...

Old & New: History for you

Thank you to the Sons of Italy Loggia Giosue Carducci Lodge 146 for their generous donation to repair the Farrandsville Furnace fence and install a new 12-foot swing gate. We appreciate their generosity!This will make it so much easier for service trucks to enter for restoration, foliage ...

The farmer and the KKK

I'm going to come right out and say it: The KKK is not a very nice organization. I hope I'm not being too controversial there; I don't want to cause any trouble. But I think I'm on safe ground when I say that members of the KKK are not exactly nice people.Which is one of the things that makes ...