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Numbers don’t back gas severance tax as budget answer

July 30, 2015 There is a school of thought that if the state Legislature simply will give Gov. Tom Wolf the gas severance tax he craves, the rest of the state’s budget plan will fall into place. more »»

Liquor privatization for tax hike votes? Absolutely not

July 29, 2015 State House Speaker Mike Turzai, a Bradford Woods Republican who may be the key to resolving the state’s budget standoff, said Monday he would trade tax hikes for privatization of the state’s liquor... more »»

Full picture of Wolf budget/tax plan deserves resistance

July 28, 2015 Gov. Tom Wolf paints the picture that a gas severance tax is his key budget piece and is a kind of Robin Hood measure that will hit the natural gas drillers and transfer money for public education. more »»

Given circumstances, Army numbers being cut much too sharply

July 27, 2015 “I believe that where we are now is about as low as we can go,”?Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters in May, during a discussion of that service branch’s staffing level. more »»

City, state pension plans doomed unless there is real reform

July 26, 2015 The City of Williamsport’s pension costs for retired employees have doubled in four years. This year’s minimum pension obligation to fire, police and non-uniformed city personnel topped $3.8 millio. more »»

All too often, feds get away with misdeeds, coverups

July 25, 2015 A company that kept information about a massive theft of personal information from its customers secret would be raked over the coals mercilessly by federal officials. more »»

The 70 mph speed limit: Data shows it may fit in places

July 24, 2015 What is a safe speed limit for motorists? What is too fast? What is too slow? The state Department of Transportation and the Turnpike Commission are still trying to make that sort of determination... more »»

Drive to ‘Save Our Susquehanna’ deserves support

July 23, 2015 The Susquehanna River is the gathering point of our region. It's the beautiful environmental wonder that we all share. more »»

Governor’s city visit didn’t include the budget truth

July 22, 2015 Gov. Tom Wolf visited Williamsport last week in what looked a lot like a campaign stomping stop. The only problem is, he is not running for office. He is in office. And there’s a big difference. more »»

Senseless death should end era of sanctuary cities

July 21, 2015 One moment, Kathryn Steinle, a young woman in the prime of her life, was enjoying quality time with her father. The next moment she was dead. more »»

Without proper changes, U.S. can become Greece

July 20, 2015 No doubt many Greeks are upset with their prime minister after he agreed to tax increases and entitlement cuts needed to keep the country’s economy from going belly-up. more »»

The Iran deal: Hard to see what U.S. got in accord

July 19, 2015 The U.S. and five other world powers finalized an historic agreement with Iran this past week that is supposed to curb Tehran’s nuclear program. more »»

High court must stop latest EPA power grab

July 18, 2015 Situations in which the Environmental Protection Agency harasses Americans, often individuals and small business owners, are numerou. more »»

Mayor’s solitary development ways stunt momentum

July 17, 2015 A 350-space parking garage. Shopping opportunities. Office space. And 100 jobs. An inviting entrance way. That is Downtown East, a concept Mayor Gabriel J. more »»

Nurture, don’t punish, natural gas that tops U.S. energy sources

July 16, 2015 About 31 percent of electrical power generation in April in the United States came through natural gas. With that figure, natural gas official passed coal – at 30 percent – as the largest U.. more »»

Commissioners correctly restore public action on personnel matters

July 15, 2015 The Lycoming County Commisioners have correctly reversed a policy they adopted in January and have restored the longstanding practice of replacing, promoting and reclassiftying county employees at... more »»

Congress should probe e-mail abuse within government

July 13, 2015 Federal officials are required by law to use government e-mail accounts and servers for their official correspondence. more »»

Bald Eagle Project: Daunting tasks need everyone’s help

July 13, 2015 In the past five years 53 people in Lycoming County have died from overdosing on an opioid. Local emergency rooms have accepted more than 150 drug overdose victims on the verge of death. more »»

Reentry program showing hopeful signs in first year

July 12, 2015 Nine months into its operation, the Lycoming County Reentry Service Center had cost county government $448,375, well within its 2015 budget of $808,28. more »»

Efforts geared to true health care program worth it

July 11, 2015 Scare tactics have been an integral part of the liberal strategy for attempting to foist the deeply flawed Obamacare scheme on the American peopl. more »»



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