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United Way drive needs final push to reach potential

February 4, 2016 The Lycoming County United Way’s annual fundraising campaign needs one final collection push to approach its necessary goal of $1.6 millio. more »»

Philadelphia group shows the best way to fight terrorism

February 3, 2016 A Philadelphia police officer recently was ambushed and shot by a man who told investigators that he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. more »»

Wolf has lots to explain in annual ‘budget’ address

February 2, 2016 Gov. Tom Wolf warned last week of a "train wreck" resulting from Pennsylvania's budget standstill, leading to cuts in spending for education and social services next yea. more »»

Why veto tougher screening standards on Syrian refugees?

February 1, 2016 Already approved by the House of Representatives, a bill requiring rigorous screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who want to come to the United States is being taken up by the Senate. more »»

Local school budgets reflect mounting cost pressures on districts

January 31, 2016 School boards throughout the region are approving preliminary budgets these days. More often than not, these preliminary budgets included tax increases, at times significant ones. more »»

Latest hostage exchange shows why Iranians cannot be trusted

January 30, 2016 President Barack Obama wants us to believe anti-American Iranian officials are our friends, now. They can be trusted, he insists. more »»

Clinton’s claims regarding Obamacare don’t match health care realities

January 30, 2016 During a debate Sunday with rivals for the Democrat nomination for president, Hillary Clinton pledged to retain the Obamacare insurance system. more »»

Mental health approach, attitude change focus needed to combat heroin

January 29, 2016 On Jan. 4, state police found 5,588 bags of heroin inside a car driven by someone who had been staying at a local motel. more »»

Advisory panel is correct next step for Montoursville

January 28, 2016 The Montoursville Area School Board Tuesday night agreed to form a citizens advisory committee to work with the board to consider how to best move forward on the high school building project. more »»

State tax burden explains why more of same is opposed

January 27, 2016 State Reps. Garth Everett and Jeff Wheeland, who represent much of our region, are part of the Republican majority of the state House that has stonewalled Gov. more »»

More city police does not equate to less tragedy

January 26, 2016 It didn't take long. Less than a month into a new budget year, the city's leaders appear ready to make a major revision to accommodate the hiring of two more policemen. more »»

The Achilles heel to labor unions’ self-preservation

January 25, 2016 Labor union leaders may have had their fingers crossed, hoping no one would spot the Achilles heel in the self-preservation argument they have used so successfully for many years. more »»

Budget standoff gets less logical as it drones on

January 24, 2016 The longer the state budget stalemate goes on, the less logical the politics of it become, particularly the machinations by Gov. Tom Wolf and his advisers. more »»

Latest EPA study on fracking challenges agency’s previous work

January 23, 2016 Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. more »»

Grants underscore foundation’s worth in centennial year

January 22, 2016 The First Community Foundation awarded $693,000 in grants last week to a broad cross-section of community organizations and causes. more »»

Privatizing golfing operation is win-win situation for county

January 21, 2016 County governments are not supposed to be in the golf course management business. Somehow, Lycoming County has been managing the White Deer Golf Course in Allenwood for decades. more »»

Get consensus before hasty dismissal of Montoursville project

January 20, 2016 It did not take long for engineers hand-picked by the new majority of the Montoursville Area School Board to determine that the $36 million building project under way in the district is unnecessary. more »»

More city police? What can be given up to create funding?

January 19, 2016 We understand Mayor Gabriel J. Campana’s anger following a fatal shooting so early in the calendar year. more »»

Wishful thinking not enough to curb nuclear war realities

January 18, 2016 Nuclear war is a “real and growing danger,” former defense Secretary William Perry warned recently. There can be no reasonable argument about that. What is open to question is what U.. more »»



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