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He’s the candidate, so stop the games

The "dump Trump" movement is back. Back for one last defeat. The Dump Trumpers failed to defeat Donald Trump in the primaries with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich, in both one-on-one efforts and united fronts. The same folks returned at the near-end of the primary season, with Mitt Romney ...

Sadly, the United Kingdom raises its drawbridge

There is sad historical symmetry in Great Britain's retreat into isolationism through its vote Thursday to leave the European Union.For much of its history England was a global superpower. Its adventurism underlies many of the problems roiling the world today. Tribal and religious wars in the ...

AIDS resource centers ‘to lose critical funding’

From staff reportsRural AIDS activists in the Williamsport and Berwick areas said they're alarmed at a recent decision made by a regional fiscal agent to transfer its AIDS money out of North Central Pennsylvania to an entity in Northwestern Pennsylvania.The decision to do so was fully approved ...

A leap of faith in state budget talks

By MARK SCOLFOROand MARC LEVYThe Associated PressIt's the big head-scratcher in the Pennsylvania Capitol.House Democrats this month helped pass bills that advanced a couple long-sought Republican priorities - scaling back traditional public pension benefits and breaking state-control over wine ...

Republicans: Save your party, don’t give to Donald Trump

"There's an old adage about a vat of wine standing next to a vat of sewage. Add a cup of wine to the sewage, and it is still sewage. But add a cup of sewage to the wine, and it is no longer wine but sewage. Is this what Donald Trump has done to our politics?"- Martha Bayles, in the Claremont ...

Is losing the election for president part of Donald Trump’s plan?

What's Donald Trump really up to?Is he using the election of 2016 to enrich himself, with no intention of assuming the burdens of the presidency?Many wonder. If that's the plan, he's going about it the right way.This may sound like political science fiction, but think.Success in such terms ...

Reasons to avoid tobacco taxes

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 pack.But higher taxes are the wrong prescription for Pennsylvania, and tobacco taxes are especially harmful ...

Small Social Security pay raise coming

By RICARDO ZALDIVARand STEPHEN OHLEMACHERThe Associated PressMillions of Social Security beneficiaries would get a tiny increase in monthly payments next year - less than $2.50, about enough to buy a gallon of gas.Meanwhile, Medicare is expected to go bankrupt sooner than expected - 12 years ...

Warning: Labels

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 mechanic"? Of course not. Yet that bell also carries the warning: "Failure to heed any of these warnings ...

Florida: America’s Jihad playground

By MICHELLE MALKINThe home of the "Happiest Place on Earth" has been breeding killer jihadists and Muslim zealots for years.Omar Mateen, the cold-blooded mass murderer who gunned down 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub and wounded 53 more before police took him out June 12, may have worked ...

Vulnerable GOP senators side with NRA on gun control

By MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated PressAmong the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey stood firmly with the powerful National Rifle Association on the latest ill-fated attempts at gun control. So did Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.Not so ...

Repeat, retreat, reload

The arguments for and against gun control are so familiar by now, we might as well hit replay and skip the debate.In the wake of the horrific murders of 49 people in an Orlando gay nightclub, America is re-enacting the usual drama: Politicians repeat past arguments, citizens retreat into their ...

Gun control versus ISIS control?

By CLIFF RIEDERSIn the wake of Orlando, the partisan lines are clearly drawn. Democrats cry that it is about gun control. Republicans demand ISIS control.Is it possible that both are correct?Thomas Friedman, the former Brandeis College radical-turned self-promoting advisor to Presidents, ...

The last dogfight

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. Stacey, one of the employees, made a comment to me, mentioning that she could recall hearing that the last ...

FINDING SUPPORT

FOOD BANKSr 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. in former Beech Creek Elementary School to Clinton County residents Monday (third Monday of the month).r New Love Center Food Pantry - 9 ...

No, It Is Not a New Pest

Regular readers of the column get a heads-up on new pests as they appear in Pennsylvania. The past several years, the talk of the town has been the likes of the spotted lanternfly, allium leafminer, and boxwood blight. Now the question has been broached about the weird growths of some dwarf ...

Oh deer! Fawn rescued from Colorado bathtub

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.The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, which posted a photo of the wayward fawn in a tub online Wednesday, says a man freed the animal from some ...

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

KAREN MATTHEWSAssociated PressNEW YORK (AP) - Catching a train at New York's crowded Penn Station is no thrill. But a development team has proposed a novel plan to overhaul the station: Build a 1,200-foot thrill ride on top of it and pay for renovations by charging $35 a ticket.The plan ...

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

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) - A roughly half-mile-long ice cream sundae was gobbled up in Michigan as part of a record attempt.The Ludington Daily News reports thousands of people lined eight blocks in Ludington, a Lake Michigan town 100 miles northwest of Grand Rapids, on Saturday and more than ...

Pension bill feigns reform

As the runaway costs of school and state employee pension plans continue, pressure increases on legislators to do something in this election year.Unfortunately, it's obvious that legislators think anything is good enough.The state House passed a pension bill Monday on a bipartisan 150-41 ...