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Sexual healing

February 8, 2013
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Let’s get one thing straight: burlesque is all about sex. It’s the thing that distinguishes it from other performing arts. While other artistic media may communicate using sexiness as an accent, with burlesque, sex is the language itself. Even if that sexuality is being expressed ever so subtly, burlesque is all about the adult version…

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What’s love without a little beheading?

February 4, 2013
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What’s love without a little beheading?

I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day. Even when I have a boyfriend I totally adore—and I actually do—I’ve never been able to thaw my January-frozen heart enough to warm up to a holiday known for its overpriced roses and empty-headed sentiment. Now perhaps, you say, Carolyn is simply bitter that little slips of…

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All taxes are redistribution of wealth

February 3, 2013
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Once tax policy is set on things like deductions, subsidies, loopholes and credits, and taxes are actually collected, the money is always redistributed. All taxes. It does not make any difference what kind of taxes: income taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, real estate taxes, value added taxes, you name it. It makes no…

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Ghosts on Third & Mulberry

February 3, 2013
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Today, there’s a parking lot. And a church, a former bus station, an empty grass square… There’s nothing remarkable about the corner of Third and Mulberry. You’ve driven through this intersection and barely registered the space. Which is okay. Attention is precious and you’ve got other things to think about. Maybe you were consciously ignoring…

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The myth of energy independence

February 3, 2013
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The definition of “energy independence” is evolving.  Until recently, it meant the United States producing enough oil domestically to no longer be dependent on other nations for any of our energy needs.  But now we’re in a world of interdependence, especially for oil. Oil markets know no national allegiance. Globalization and profit motive are altering…

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Letter to a brother

February 2, 2013
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What follows is a letter that I wrote to my brother Chico during the summer of 1987. At the time he was a man in his mid-thirties, but he looked like a man in his sixties. For a while, I had lost track of him. His Philadelphia row home had become an abandoned shell. The…

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Date hike at Jacobi Falls

February 2, 2013
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If you are tired of dinner and a movie after your first or twentieth date, consider a hike to beautiful Jacoby Falls. The falls are located in the Loyalsock State Forest, and the parking area is off Wallis Run Road, north of Montoursville. This is a 1.6-mile linear trail, so you will have to return…

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Movie review: “Silver Linings Playbook”

February 1, 2013
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Directed by David O. Russell With Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro   Silver Linings Playbook is a feel-good movie that goes beyond the usual film of that sort; it offers a view of Philadelphia generally seen only by the City of Brotherly Love’s residents themselves. Robert De Niro has more of a New…

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My two cents on gun safety

February 1, 2013
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I support the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Always have. Always will. Our Constitution is a marvelous document; it provides for a government of, by, and for the people. It was written during when the majority of the world lived in countries ruled by potentates and despots. Whole populations were subject…

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Style and affordability in the same sentence?

February 1, 2013
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      The desire to look fabulous vs. the need to save money is a battle that many have waged with their bank accounts for as long as department stores like Neiman Marcus have existed. Everyone wants to look great but not everyone has the means to shop at expensive department stores or buy…

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Local love: What you love about small-town PA

February 1, 2013
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        What I love about small-town life in Williamsport necessarily involves what I do not like. Every coin has two sides. Every glass at some time is half empty and half full. There is no pleasure without pain, and no rollercoaster without ups and downs. Life is a continuum and, like a…

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WXPI goes live and local

February 1, 2013
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We, at WXPI, are excited and proud to begin line of programming, beginning April 1 (no fooling!), designed to entertain and inform our listeners. Learn about local issues. Hear about upcoming events. Get to know some of the most interesting, vibrant members of our community. Let your voice be heard. The Pulse of the ‘Port…

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Health care reform – are we there yet?

February 1, 2013
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The U.S. has the world’s most expensive health care system, yet the World Health Organization ranks us 37th among nations in overall health statistics. Federal health reform will not change the fundamentals of our system and will actually increase cost. Health insurance will continue to be ridiculously expensive and for many people will provide poor…

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Students’ Page (contributed by The Academia)

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Kierah, age 9—The Academia I would like to tell you about who we are and where we go to school each day.  We go to The Academia, which is in Newberry.  We’re at school all day long.  My brothers and I get there at 8:00 in the morning and our mom picks us up at…

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Rich people don’t create jobs

February 1, 2013
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That, at least, is what Richard Hanauer thinks. And, who is Richard Hanauer?  Well, he happens to be a Seattle-based billionaire venture capitalist and entrepreneur.  Recently, he made his case in no uncertain terms at TED (Technology, Education, Development), a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” Evidently not this one, though. You see, TED…

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