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PET CHALLENGE

PET CHALLENGECentre County PAWS will be holding a Spay & Neuter Challenge and your donation is needed! Donations can be made by visiting www.CentreCountyPaws.org/snchallenge. Stone Valley Pet Lodge will match any donations up to $30,000. For more information use the website or call ...

On voting … and not

"Generally speaking, Democrats have emphasized making ballot access easier; Republicans have focused on ballot integrity. Both need to be addressed if we're to build the legislative support necessary to achieve needed changes in our electoral system. We have to make it easier to vote and harder ...

Despite stock fall, financial health of many said to be ‘solid’

By JOSH BOAKAP Economics WriterMany Americans have just absorbed a financial beating - at least as measured by their stock holdings. It's the kind of blow that can feed a sense of helplessness about retirement, college savings and higher-than-expected bills.But take a look at other gauges of ...

We need sensible state budget compromises

By MARK PRICEThe Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Aug. 20 that Pennsylvania created 66,500 jobs in the last 12 months.At 1.1 percent, that's the fastest year-over-year job growth reported in any July since 2005.Relative to the 50 states, that's the 34th fastest pace in the country and the ...

Kane’s woes stoke interest in election

By PETER JACKSONAssociated PressThe 2016 campaign for Pennsylvania attorney general is off to an uncertain start as candidates and prospective candidates line up without knowing whether they will be running against embattled incumbent Kathleen Kane or for an open seat.Regardless of Kane's ...

Pennsylvania lags behind in women’s equality

By STEPHANIE ROMANwww.PublicSource.orgPennsylvania ranks as the sixth worst state for women's equality, based on a number of factors like the pay gap and political leadership, according to a study by personal finance website WalletHub.In general, women outpace men when it comes to obtaining ...

Closing the wage gap

By STEPHANIE ROMANwww.PublicSource.orgCurrently a freelancer, Philadelphia resident Jillian Ivey is faced with a dilemma about her future and identity as a young woman.The 31-year-old communications strategist wants children with her husband of nearly three years, but she feels that being ...

Opiate addiction spreading, becoming more complex

By A'NDREA MESSERThe growing availability of heroin, combined with programs aimed at curbing prescription painkiller abuse, may be changing the face of opiate addiction in the U.S., according to sociologists.While heroin abuse is still relatively rare, the use of the drug is not only ...

Fulfilling its mission for over 30 years

For over 30 years, the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) has been a self-sustaining engine of economic development for central Pennsylvania.The JRA, an eight-county joint authority formed in 1983, has preserved rail service and fostered economic development and job creation throughout the ...

Bible digest

"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" (John 10:27 AKJV)Real Christians follow Jesus. They don't have to be begged to obey Him because they love Him."You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and ...

Ritchie and Whetham

It's never the ones I think.People never really react to the columns I think are going to get a reaction. I write one that I think is controversial and will get me hate mail, and everyone pretty much takes it in stride. But when I write a column that I think is pretty innocent and inoffensive, ...

It’s time for adequate state investment in higher education

One of the critical issues in the ongoing Pennsylvania state budget negotiations is how to restore state support for public higher education, including Lock Haven University and the other members of the State System of Higher Education.Thank you to state Rep. Mike Hanna and Gov. Tom Wolf for ...

The economics of green hair

A couple years ago, a student of mine laughed and said he was cutting his ponytail after graduation to get a job.He did and since that time, he earned a graduate degree and has been quite successful.I have seen this before.Exiting college students heal piercings, cover tattoos, wash their green ...

Ruling: No fee for photographing public records in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG (AP) - Pennsylvania is making it easier and cheaper for people to get public records.The state's Office of Open Records says government agencies can't charge people who request public records and photograph them with their smartphones in lieu of getting paper copies.The Pittsburgh ...

Bible digest

"Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" (John 11:25 AKJV)Jesus is the way to Heaven. Do you know Him?

Political correction or good manners?

Donald Trump's candidacy to be the Republican standard bearer in the next Presidential election seems all about a protest against political correctness.What exactly is "political correctness?"The term is one of those amorphous concepts that moves about like an amoeba.The amoeba does not have ...

I call it ‘ToddCare’

By TOM HASTINGSMy friend died last night.I found him early this morning.Todd Matthew Williams was just 51.He suffered from congestive heart failure-at least that's what we guessed.Despite a life of work-six years in the U.S. Army, several years teaching Native American children on a reservation ...

Gun lies

My town, New York City, enforces rigid gun laws. Police refused to assign me a gun permit. The law doesn't even let me hold a fake gun on TV to demonstrate something.But New York politicians are so eager to vilify gun ownership that they granted an exception to the anti-gun group States United ...

As school approaches, what you can do …

By GENE BUDIGAnd ALAN HEAPIt's the onset of fall and that means, as it does every year, that school is about to start.This is a process we take for granted.Because we take it for granted, we underestimate its complexity.But the sheer size of the undertaking is mid-boggling.Here in the United ...

Health happy in America

Medical care is a lifelong necessity to a happy normal life.Here are my solutions to solving the medical care crisis in our country.Put the very poor and disabled on Medicaid. Essentially, that is where they are now.Allow those with pre-existing conditions to buy into Medicare. If they are ...