There have been recent criticisms accusing Judge Nancy Butts' as undeserving of the title of 2013 Person of the Year. Lycoming County has a proud history of individualist conservatism. In a time when the New Deal brought in the modern welfare system, the Federal Reserve, and with it a progressive and collectivist belief in workers, Lycoming County intellectuals questioned these political structures and ideology. Local science fiction author, H. Beam Piper wrote stories of great heroes in the spirit of Ayn Rand. These heroes improved the quality of life for many.