Opinion

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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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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Pennsylvania Legislators Shoot Down Pigeons—Again

February 3, 2012
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If the first-year gross anatomy students at Penn State Hershey medical school need spare body parts to study, they can visit the cloakroom of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. That’s where most of the legislators left their spines. On December 13 the House voted 124–69 to send an animal welfare bill back to committee, in…

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Let’s talk about sex

June 1, 2011
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(The following is the opinion of the writer and does not represent the opinion of The Williamsport Guardian or any other organization.) My husband and I recently discussed when to start speaking with our 4-year-old daughter about sex.  As a Prevention Specialist with AIDS Resource, I often host group sessions with young people, after which…

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Liberal hawkishness? And other tales of terror from the death of Osama bin Ladin

June 1, 2011
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Osama bin Laden is dead. He is dead, and I am happy about it. I’ve weighed my reaction and tried to be circumspect. Have I suddenly gone alarmingly hawkish? Am I simply more centrist than I thought? And, in a more convoluted train of thought: should I take the approach some vegetarians do and claim…

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Shale test: The white-hatted Texan returns

April 1, 2011
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Three days short of a year after appearing in Williamsport before a crowd of over 200 area residents to inform them of potential health-related problems with gas development, Calvin Tillman, former Mayor of Dish,Texas, is coming back with help for some who may be negatively impacted.  Tillmanand fellow Texan Tim Ruggierro recently founded Shale Test,…

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To tax or trust

April 1, 2011
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The debate rages on as to whether Marcellus Shale drillers should have to pay a severance fee to the government.  The taxers say that the drillers are depleting the land and therefore ought to pay money representing a percentage of what they sever since the asset will one day be gone but the roads, infrastructure,…

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