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  1. It's making a college education unaffordable for most families and needs to not be an annual thing.
  2. It's unavoidable for the schools, giving their on operational costs and unpredictable revenues from government and other sources.
  3. It's acceptable as long as the tuition hikes are within the rate of inflation.
  1. Yes, the police have drugs, gangs and violence to concentrate all their efforts on.
  2. No, it's unrealistic to expect codes personnel to do police work, particularly since much of it happens after the work hours of codes personnel.
  3. This needs to be monitored closely to see if it's too dangerous for codes personnel.
  1. Yes.
  2. No.
  3. I think the district is trying to do that but there are too many locked-in cost factors making it impossible.
  1. The Republican-controlled House and Senate should buy into Gov. Wolf's new ideas on pension reform, a gas severance tax, and increased funding for public education and pass an on-time budget.
  2. The governor, as a new executive, should trust the House and Senate's high priorities of more long-ranging pension reform, a hold-the-line approach on taxes and a tighter approach on all spending items, including public education.
  3. A compromise is needed, but there has to be greater pension reform than Wolf is advancing and a gas severance tax is ill-timed and unnecessary.
  4. A compromise is necessary, but the budget should include a gas severance tax.
  1. Nothing more than the current strategy of relative containment. Their powers, though terroristic, are not as all-encompassing as they make it sound.
  2. Full military force, including ground troops, should be used to crush them, which could be done in about a month.
  3. I would prefer to just let Mideast overheat itself, but our strongest ally, Israel deserves our support and, if ISIS is not stopped there, we will be fighting them on our own soil. It will be long struggle, but we have no choice.
  1. Gov. Wolf's plan to save $10 billion over 24 years. He's on the right track maintaining most of the status quo policies.
  2. The plans advanced by Republicans in the House and Senate that involve a move to a 401(k) plan for new employees, with payments into that plan helping pay down the debt significantly.
  3. Any plan that begins to pay down the pension debt before it swallows up future state budgets, as long as elected officials are included in whatever plan is passed.
  1. Yes, Pennsylvania has the largest full-time Legislature in the nation and, as a result, it's too unwieldy to solve problems with necessary legislation.
  2. No, reducing the number of elected representatives will make it harder to get adequate responses to constituent questions and needs and will transfer the power into too few hands.
  1. Yes, she is their best candidate by far and is a viable woman candidate.
  2. No, the chinks in her armor are just starting to show and will become more pronounced when the election heats up.
  1. It's a lot of allegations that are always being made against the Clintons that ultimately cannot be proved.
  2. Ms. Clinton should have separated herself from all foundation business when she became secretary of state and the foundation should have stopped taken the contributions due to the appearance of dangerous conflict. This is why she is not qualified to be th
  3. I am trying to keep an open mind, but the number of suspect dealings that seem to follow the Clintons, including Hillary, can't all be coincidence and a political witchhunt. It's very unsettling.
  1. Much better off, in large part because of the consciousness raised by Earth Day, which led to stronger protections of the environment, recycle and stricter regulations regarding water and air quality.
  2. Worse off because we haven't fundamentally changed the way we live our lives in reference to the environment. We eventually will destroy the only Earth we've been given if we don't change.
  3. Better off, but we are strangling our businesses with unnecessary regulation that is the result of a false alarm climate change movement.
  1. Yes, a local election with important party nominations to consider is the purest form of our democratic right to vote.
  2. No, there is nothing of importance in these party nominations for me to consider.
  3. Yes, I always vote, no matter what the situation.
  4. No, I have lost faith that my vote matters regarding future elected leadership.
  1. Yes, the agreement sets back Iran's nuclear plans for more than a decade and allows unprecedented verification that it is not revving up to nuclear weapon capability.
  2. No, there's no reason to trust Iran, given its track record and no way to really know that it is following the terms of the accord. This is an unbelievably irresponsible agreement for no apparent reason.
  1. The industry is in excellent shape and well-equipped to pay the severance tax Gov. Wolf is pushing for.
  2. The industry is dealing with a depressed price market and has reduced drilling activity. A severance tax prompt it to look at more favorable tax climates in neighboring states such as Ohio.
  3. Given today's prices, the tax won't generate the $1 billion Gov. Wolf is claiming and the impact fee structure now in place should be maintained, keeping the majority of revenues flowing to regions where the gas industry activity is happening.
  1. Good idea, we need the school property tax reduction and more funding for our local schools.
  2. Bad idea, there's no guarantee the property tax reduction will be permanent, no guarantee that more funding is needed or will produce a better public education product.
  3. It shouldn't be considered until we hear, for the first time, plans from this governor that don't involve increasing taxes.
  1. No, the use of personal email for her Secretary of State affairs is being overblown and is no indicator of her potential as the leader of our country.
  2. Yes, the problem, at the least, shows her continued lack of judgment and, frankly, represents a violation of the email protocol that was supposed to rule her position.
  1. Yes, that's what's needed to erase the state's deficit and increase funding to public education, which is needed.
  2. No, the spending increase is inexcusable when the state is running a deficit, the severance tax will scare off gas companies, we already spend plenty on public education and residents can't afford the other tax increases.
  3. The public education funding boost is needed, but it must be accomplished by finding other areas of the state budget to cut funding so that the overall spending does not increase.
  1. It's a bad idea, especially since the state already has an effective impact fee structure, the industry is currently slumping and increases the possibility they will leave the state for more favorable alternatives.
  2. It's a good idea. The industries can afford it, other states have a gas severance tax and pumping the money into public education is wise.
  3. It is a bad idea especially because the money will go to Harrisburg rather than the communities that are nurturing the gas industry.
  1. Yes, we all have a responsibility to make sure our children are not carrying contagious sicknesses.
  2. No, parents have first rights over the bodies of their children.
  1. It's entirely their responsibility.
  2. This has been imposed by the federal government so the federal government and perhaps state government should pay for most of the cost.
  3. In a perfect world, local non-profits and private entities should help pay for some of the cost, the municipalities should pay for some of it and the state and federal government should pay for some of it.
  1. Yes.
  2. No.
  3. I get a mixed reading. I am not doing personally better but parts of the economic system seem to be improving.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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