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New school funding formula: Verdict on inequities needed

June 24, 2015 With approval of a bipartisan state House commission and endorsements from several key interests, Pennsylvania is on the verge of a new public school funding formula. more »»

Firetree’s progress can have positive community impact

June 23, 2015 The takeover of The Center operations by Firetree Place six months ago is starting to bear fruit, which bodes well for the youth and adults it is meant to serv. more »»

New school funding formula: Verdict on inequities needed

June 23, 2015 With approval of a bipartisan state House commission and endorsements from several key interests, Pennsylvania is on the verge of a new public school funding formula. more »»

Many people priced out of insurance market in Obamacare

June 22, 2015 Health insurance is going to cost a lot more for many Americans, thanks in large measure to the president who said he had everything under control. more »»

Hearings, survey expose disconnect with gas industry

June 21, 2015 Local hearings last week by the Appropriations Committee of the state House on the state budget talks evolved rather naturally into a discussion about Gov. more »»

Better management of Social Security money is critical

June 20, 2015 Seventeen billion dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the long-term fiscal challenges facing the Social Security program. more »»

Survey reflects region’s realities past three years

June 19, 2015 The Lycoming County United Way and STEP community survey for 2015 told a very blunt tale of what has been happening locally since 2012, the last time the survey was taken. more »»

Unnecessary war over open records chief needs to end

June 18, 2015 Score one for autonomy regarding the state Office of Open Records. A state appeals court ruled last week that Democrat Gov. more »»

Impact fee numbers, process illustrate fairness, efficiency

June 17, 2015 The 52 municipalities in Lycoming County will receive $12 million in gas drilling impact fees from the state Public Utility Commissioner, with disbursements coming this month. more »»

EPA study dispels over-reaction to fracking process

June 16, 2015 Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas has not caused widespread hard to drinking water in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. more »»

More accountability needed for proven NSA shortcomings

June 15, 2015 13 years have experienced the inconvenience of dealing with Transportation Security Administration screenings, random searches and regulations. more »»

More needs to be done to protect Americans from hackers

June 13, 2015 Lock your front door and a determined burglar will merely climb through a window. Lock it and he may just break the glass to enter. As homeowners know, it can be very difficult to keep thieves ou. more »»

City police hope revamped approach will pay dividends

June 12, 2015 The Williamsport Police Department responds to 15,000 calls a year, an average of 41 per da. more »»

The ledger sheet for public schools doesn’t make sense

June 11, 2015 With the notable exception of the Loyalsock School District, the education ledger sheet for Lycoming and Tioga County school districts does not add up. more »»

Can Wolf’s affable nature lead him to budget compromise?

June 10, 2015 State Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican, was working in his somewhat isolated office late one day when there was a knock on the door. more »»

Pension reform for state: Reality, not political football

June 9, 2015 Pennsylvania’s public employees pension fund is unsustainable. The proof is not a matter of conjecture. It’s a matter of record. more »»

Times have changed – and so should U.S. energy policy

June 8, 2015 Oil and natural gas are being used as geopolitical weapons like never before in history. Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has become perhaps the world’s most skillful, effective practition. more »»

These grads have tough assignment: Recapture the world

June 7, 2015 It’s graduation season at our region’s high schools. They vary in size from hundreds of seniors to 18 at St. John Neumann Regional Academy. more »»

EPA mistakes: It’s more than public relations problem

June 6, 2015 Like a child caught with his hand in the cookie jar, Environmental Protection Agency officials are admitting they made some mistakes with their “waters of the United States rule. more »»



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