Politics

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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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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Delaware Dodge Ball in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

June 17, 2012
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Delaware Dodge Ball in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

April 17, 2012 was a beautiful day in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, weather-wise. Light blue skies. Temperature hovering in the low 70s. Air fresh as a baby’s breath. All in all, a lovely day to be out and about.          But, yeah, it was Tax Day—the deadline for submitting your federal, state, and municipal…

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Unpacking Act 13

June 16, 2012
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When it comes to gas development in PA, Act 13 is now the very complicated law of the land. In their assessments of this new legislation, Mr. Rosenfeld and Mr. Henderson represent opposite ends of the spectrum. Personally, on rural land use issues, I tend toward the opinions so beautifully rendered by David Kagan in…

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Ladies, please! Let’s keep those legs together, shall we?

April 1, 2012
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I never give Rush Limbaugh the time of day. I generally think his very existence is a giant air-suck and lament that because he’s in the world, there’s less oxygen there for me. But, since I don’t live on Everest, I deal. Then the Sandra Fluke controversy happened—look it up if you somehow missed it;…

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HIV Lives Here

February 3, 2012
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Where is Teddy Roosevelt?

February 3, 2012
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Sagamore Hill. Most people have never heard of the place, but history buffs know it to be the home of Teddy Roosevelt on the north shore of Long Island, overlooking Oyster Bay. It was the place where Roosevelt, as President of the United States, greeted the “great white fleet,” which others criticized as America’s version…

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By the Numbers: Follow the Money

February 3, 2012
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s effective tax rate for 2010 … 13.9%The speaking fees income Romney characterized as “not very much” … $374,327President Obama’s reported effective federal tax rate on his 2010 family income … 26%Top tax rate for wages and salaries, which constitute most earnings for the majority of people … 35%Romney family income…

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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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February/March 2012 Editorial

February 3, 2012
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It’s hard to believe that it was almost 3 years ago that I somewhat naively agreed to become the new editor of The Williamsport Guardian and take on the task of bringing it back from the brink of extinction. The Guardian had not been published for over 4 months and the Board was meeting to…

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Mirabito urges local groups to apply for conservation grants

February 3, 2012
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State Rep. Rick Mirabito (D-Lycoming) is urging municipalities and nonprofit organizations planning to rehabilitate existing park and recreation facilities, develop trail projects, and close gaps in statewide greenways to apply for state grants. “Applications are now available for Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants, otherwise known as C2P2 grants,” Mirabito said. “In addition, the state Department…

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Fracking Cracks the Public Consciousness in 2011

February 3, 2012
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This was the year that “fracking” became a household word. It wasn’t just that environmental concerns about the underground drilling process finally struck a mainstream chord—after three years of reporting and more than 125 stories. For the first time, independent scientific investigations linked the drilling technique with water pollution, and a variety of federal and…

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The Gloom in the Boom

December 19, 2011
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With the onset of an ever-increasing gas boom in our region, the weight of the impact is being considered by many of us with great concern over the future of our community as a whole. Living a stone’s throw from Rt. 664, I have had fi rsthand experience with the increased truck traffic and the…

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The Value of Comprehensive Planning in Pennsylvania

December 1, 2011
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Successful people and successful organizations set goals and make plans to achieve them. A Comprehensive Plan is focused on the future, encouraging people to think about what kind of community we really want and attempting to define a shared vision in terms of goals and objectives. We know tomorrow will be dramatically different from today.…

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MISPLACED GRATITUDE

December 1, 2011
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The plaque just inside the front door of Penn College’s spectacular Madigan Library contains this message to former State Representative Brett Feese: “Your tenacity, skill and leadership provided the resources necessary for our dream to become a reality. We will be forever grateful.” Now that a jury has determined that Rep. Feese employed that same…

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