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School funding may be budget flashpoint again

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HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's school funding could once again become a contentious point in fledgling state budget talks after a fight over how school funding helped drive this past year's historic budget stalemate.The stalemate came amid the backdrop of federal data showing that Pennsylvania ...

Teachers deserve more for transforming lives of our children

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Along with the enormous rewards enjoyed by good school teachers comes terrible frustration. Many wish they could do more for their students. And when the public focuses on the education system's shortcomings, teachers sometimes take it personally.They should not.We just passed National Teacher ...

70 mph: The new normal, but drivers must keep it safe

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The trip north, south, east and west of our local area just got quicker.State transportation officials last week approved a raise in the speed limit to 70 mph on nearly 1,000 miles of Pennsylvania highway.The spike in the speed limit is on some of the state's most traveled major highways, ...

Brotherhood award winners embody a model of citizenship

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What makes a community special?People and organizations with heart, vision and a can-do spirit may be the clearest path.And all of that was honored by the Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance at its annual dinner last week.Donna Bastian and William Nichols Sr. were honored for their community ...

Help needed from governor down to fight heroin crisis

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Attacking the heroin epidemic locally is not a politically partisan issue.That much was proven last week when Gov. Tom Wolf, out of touch with most of our region's needs in his protracted state budget battle with the Legislature, met with Project Bald Eagle and other local officials to listen ...

Third piece to South Side fire puzzle best for all

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They have a building.They have two fire trucks, a brush truck and a special unit vehicle inside that building.They are capable of conducting bingo games and other fundraising activities.But the Independent Fire Co. on Clark Street in South Williamsport is, technically speaking, out of ...

More and more, rules of common sense are violated

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"Common Sense," written by one of the founding fathers, Thomas Paine, was something of a handbook for American colonists thinking of forming a new government in 1776. One wonders whether any publication by that name would sell today.Yet another example of a culture at risk of allowing ...

Motor License Fund: Roads should remain the chief benefactor

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The Williamsport Area Transportation Study has a game plan for 76 different highway improvements at an estimated cost of $88 million to be completed by 2020.They include major modernization on West Third and West Fourth streets in Williamsport and a redesigned safety corridor on Route 220 ...

Ted Cruz’s fall from grace

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WASHINGTON - When Shakespeare wrote the "truth will out," he must have had Ted Cruz in mind.Cruz's truth - or his true self - has been leaking by steady drips ever since he began his candidacy, which was at approximately 12:10 p.m. on January 3, 2013, when Cruz was sworn in as a freshman ...

Efficiency programs paying off in energy cost savings

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You could buy a lot of things with $250 million.You could make a big difference in your community by giving the money to charitable causes.Or, you could sock it away and let it grow for a future rainy day.PPL is pleased to say that our customers have an extra $250 million in their pockets every ...

North Korea makes clear its threats to world peace

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North Korea clearly is working feverishly to increase its military capability and to heighten worry about it among other world leaders. To what end?Recently it was reported North Korea test-fired a missile from a submarine.If true, that is an incredibly provocative move. Pyongyang already has ...

Bowman Field gets more improvements, new Cutters lease

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Given the demands placed on cities hosting minor league baseball teams, there have been whispers about whether the City of Williamsport could keep the Williamsport Crosscutters franchise at Bowman Field.But those whispers can now be stilled, as City Council last week approved a four-year ...

Voters played musical chairs with party registration in state

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Pennsylvania voter statistics show a lot of musical chairs going on this year, much of it apparently due to the state's closed Primary Election.The state's Voter Services statistics show 165,000 Pennsylvanians switched parties this year.There were more switches upping Republican registration ...

Ultimately correct pool decision can’t mask wrong approach

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When all the fact are considered, Williamsport City Council and the Campana administration appear to have made the practical decision to demolish the former Showers Pool in Brandon Park.Council approved a contract Thursday to remove swimming pools at Shaw Place Park and Brandon Park while ...

Montoursville board needs a resignation, look in the mirror

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The job of the Montoursville School Board is to make pragmatic decisions that advance the educational quality in the school district. Anything that detracts from that needs to be rectified.The emotional distractions caused by events of the past six months in the district clearly are keeping the ...

Montoursville board needs a resignation, look in the mirror

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The job of the Montoursville School Board is to make pragmatic decisions that advance the educational quality in the school district. Anything that detracts from that needs to be rectified.The emotional distractions caused by events of the past six months in the district clearly are keeping the ...

First Amendment abuse gets no one from IRS fired

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Many Americans probably believe the First Amendment is our ironclad guarantee of freedom of speech. Apparently, however, the Bill of Rights is not sufficient protection - or at least is not viewed that way by most members of the U.S. House of Representatives.By an overwhelming voice vote, the ...

Lycoming County joins yearning for outsider president

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The nation's collective expression for someone outside the mainstream political circles to lead this country as the next president came to Lycoming County with Tuesday's Primary Election.Voters in the county backed businessman and political outsider Donald Trump for the Republican presidential ...

Corporate welfare burdens taxpayers

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Clothes, groceries, house payments - these necessities are likely some of your largest monthly bills. But can you guess what bill is bigger than all three combined? Hint: If you haven't filed them by now, you might be in trouble. That's right - taxes.This year, Pennsylvania as a whole worked ...

Cruz-Fiorina: Good idea, bad timing

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Most saw it as a desperate act by a desperate candidate.The New York Times referred to it as "the political equivalent of a student pulling a fire alarm to avoid an exam."Ted Cruz's naming of Carly Fiorina as his "running mate" underwhelmed most of the political world.But are they wrong?Has ...