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Reasons to avoid tobacco taxes

June 27, 2016 Media reports indicate the state House is formulating a tobacco tax package to raise an estimated $500 million. The proposal reflects Wolf’s original plan to raise cigarette taxes by $1 a pac. more »»

Small Social Security pay raise coming

June 24, 2016 By RICARDO ZALDIVAR and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER The Associated Press Millions of Social Security beneficiaries would get a tiny increase in monthly payments next year — less than $2. more »»

Warning: Labels

June 24, 2016 When you use a coffeepot, do you need a warning label to tell you: "Do not hold over people"? Must a bicycle bell be sold with the warning: "Should be installed and serviced by a professional... more »»

Florida: America’s Jihad playground

June 23, 2016 By MICHELLE MALKIN The home of the "Happiest Place on Earth" has been breeding killer jihadists and Muslim zealots for year. more »»

Vulnerable GOP senators side with NRA on gun control

June 22, 2016 By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press Among the Senate’s most vulnerable Republicans, Pennsylvania Sen. more »»

Repeat, retreat, reload

June 22, 2016 The arguments for and against gun control are so familiar by now, we might as well hit replay and skip the debate. more »»

Gun control versus ISIS control?

June 21, 2016 By CLIFF RIEDERS In the wake of Orlando, the partisan lines are clearly drawn. Democrats cry that it is about gun control. Republicans demand ISIS control. more »»

The last dogfight

June 18, 2016 There I was, down at Piper, familiarizing myself with the archives. I’ve been doing a little volunteer work down there, trying to help out a bit, and I’m learning where everything goes. more »»


June 18, 2016 FOOD BANKS r Food pantry at Salvation Army, Lock Haven — 9-11 a.m. every Wednesday. r Howard Area Food Bank sponsored by local Lions club — open 2-4:30 p.m. more »»

No, It Is Not a New Pest

June 18, 2016 Regular readers of the column get a heads-up on new pests as they appear in Pennsylvani. more »»

Oh deer! Fawn rescued from Colorado bathtub

June 18, 2016 EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — A fawn trying to make a clean getaway after it got caught in some fencing instead wound up in the bathtub of a Colorado home. more »»

1,200-foot amusement ride proposed for NY's Penn Station

June 18, 2016 KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Catching a train at New York's crowded Penn Station is no thrill. more »»

8-block-long-treat: Massive sundae gobbled up in Michigan

June 18, 2016 LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A roughly half-mile-long ice cream sundae was gobbled up in Michigan as part of a record attempt. more »»

Pension bill feigns reform

June 17, 2016 As the runaway costs of school and state employee pension plans continue, pressure increases on legislators to do something in this election year. more »»

Zika’s nasty facts

June 17, 2016 By BETSY MCCAUGHEY This week, mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika start biting in Florida, the Gulf States, and Southern California. more »»

Here’s our wallet, help yourselves

June 16, 2016 By STEPHEN POORMAN Lock Haven Some people enjoy novels, some numbers. People don’t enjoy double-digit tax hikes! Let’s not again “gloss over” the 16-percent hike. more »»

Ending prohibition in Pennsylvania

June 15, 2016 Big changes sometimes demand first steps, but Pennsylvania has now found its footing in the long climb out of the Prohibition era, with a new law that begins the process of ending our irrational... more »»

A Florida mourned

June 15, 2016 ORLANDO — Standing on my hotel balcony in the predawn hours, I gaze out over several dimly illuminated swimming pools abutting a small manmade lake and a golf course. more »»

I think the government just stole my retirement funds

June 14, 2016 By JOHN LAWLESS I am a 55-year-old saving for retirement. I find “A” rated Puerto Rican Municipal Bonds offering about 5 percent in double tax free income. So I buy them. more »»

Eldora M. Croak

June 13, 2016 Eldora M. Croak Eldora M. Croak, “Half Pint,” 74, formerly of the Beech Creek and Swissdale areas, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016 at the Susque-View Home where she had last resided. more »»



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