Columns

Domestic violence: The numbers are staggering

(Editor's Note: In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, the Clinton County Women's Center had its Lock Haven University interns write columns to spread community awareness and knowledge about the center's services, the topic of domestic violence and the circumstances ...

Hanna, Scarnati on opposite ends of budget fight

Now that a majority of state House members have rejected Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal that, among other things, would've increased the state's personal income tax rate by a half percentage point and created a new extraction tax on Marcellus Shale gas production, the ball is in the ...

Bedtime, school time and families

It's been said that bedtime is "the perfect time for kids to ask questions, request food, require additional bathroom breaks, and need a nightlight."All parents can identify with that! Sometimes the simple act of tucking a little one into bed seems like the implementation of a military ...

Heir presumptive to House speaker John Boehner debuts with foot in mouth

By JULES WITCOVERUltraconservatives gloating over having forced U.S. House Speaker John Boehner out the door may already be pondering what they've wrought, in the anticipation of a Speaker Kevin McCarthy.The House majority leader, poised to succeed the smooth-talking and even-keeled Boehner, ...

Black men: America’s great, underappreciated assets

What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about black males in the United States?That's the question social entrepreneur Trabian Shorters would like more Americans to ask themselves."I'd follow that question with another: Is it good? - Because too often, the first thing people ...

Tax hikes: Wolf’s white whale

By JAMES PAULHave a spare $1,000 lying around?If so, you'd probably make a mortgage payment or buy several weeks of groceries.You might even sock it away in your 401(k) or kid's college fund. But at a planned vote today in Harrisburg, House lawmakers-at Gov. Wolf's urging-will decide whether ...

Happy head and heart: Positive emotions may promote heart-healthy behaviors

By Victoria M. IndiveroPeople with heart disease may benefit from maintaining positive emotions, according to health researchers.Over the course of five years the researchers tracked more than 1,000 patients with coronary heart disease.Patients who reported higher positive psychological states ...

Our economic problem is really a political problem

By Robert B. ReichYou often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive while making the best-educated more competitive.The tasks most people used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by ...

What’s in the defense bill for U.S. military and families?

By DEB RIECHMANNThe Associated PressBuried in the 1,915-page defense policy bill are major changes that could affect more than 1 million members of the military and their families. The House has passed the bill 270-156 and the Senate is scheduled to vote on the $612 billion bill this ...

Pennsylvania’s budget train wreck unfolded over past year

The utter breakdown in state budget negotiations in Pennsylvania didn't happen overnight, but was produced by diametrically opposed policy positions and fueled by tough rhetoric among people elected specifically to work together.It's possible that the decision this week by Republicans who hold ...

Making ‘Sunshine Week’ every week

By KEVIN GOLDBERGThe Tenth "Sunshine Week" ended about six month ago, on March 21.This annual celebration of open government was created by the American Society of News Editors with a grant from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation.Now co-sponsored by ASNE and the Reporters Committee for ...

Issue of surprise medical bills stirs debate at hearing

By PETER JACKSONAssociated PressHARRISBURG - Advocates for consumers, insurers, hospitals and doctors clashed at a hearing on surprise bills for expensive out-of-network health care services sent to patients who thought their treatments were covered by their insurance networks.Insurance ...

Bible digest

"The fear of the LORD tends to life: and he that has it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil." (Proverbs 19:23 AKJV)Fear God and enjoy His presence and benefits."I will bless the LORD, who has given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the ...

Unidentified Flying Objects

"I need to figure out how to start an article on UFOs in Clinton County," I told Sue McDermit, my co-worker."Why not with the 'Close Encounters' theme?" she asked.While I admire the creativity of the idea, it's a little hard to actually convey those five notes in print. If you could just sort ...

Lynda Cridge is the newest local Master Gardener

MILL HALL - The Clinton County Master Gardeners announce that Lynda Cridge is the newest Master Gardener to join their ranks.She recently completed the necessary requirements, becoming the first person in this past year's training class to achieve her Master Gardener certification.The program, ...

Fundraisers, memberships are important to CCHS

A HUGE "Thank You" to everyone who came out to the 1900 Red Barn for a night of dancing and fun! Thanks so much, Christina Livingston and Jeff Frank, our sponsors the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Lock Haven University, Domino's, Mackeyville Country Barn Restaurant (such great soup!) and Joyce and ...

Clocks, Carson, schools and Islamophobia

By DONNA HEARNECOURAGE AND CLOCKSThe Jersey City Board of Education recently voted not to close schools for the Muslim holiday of Eld al-Adha. It has been reported that a Muslim woman in attendance made a veiled threat saying: "We're going to be the majority soon."Several weeks ago, Ahmed ...

Over 35 years, Pa. state senator has fought for both sides of liquor battle

By ANDREW STAUBwww.PaIndependent.comThe question over whether to privatize Pennsylvania's state-owned wine and liquor stores has divided state lawmakers for decades, but at least one legislator has the distinction of fighting for both sides in the never-ending booze battle.State Sen. Stewart ...

Survey system for nursing facilities unfair, needs fixed

By RON BARTHThis past summer, Pennsylvania's nursing facilities were the subject of unflattering reports and even a lawsuit by the state attorney general, when it was alleged that some facilities failed to meet the most basic human needs, falsified records and deceived state inspectors.With ...