Opinion

The Mystique of River Ice

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24 weeks 5 days ago
River ice is moving out as Spring rains come in.

This Winter the West Branch of the Susquehanna River froze completely over in many places. Having grown up beside the river, the ice fascinates me. more»

Radio Scanner reporting on Facebook

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27 weeks 4 days ago
A Radio Shack police fire radio scanner in the NCPa office.

If you’re a NorthcentralPa Facebook follower, you’ve probably noticed that we’re blogging local news as it happens. I’d like to share some thoughts about this with you. more»

Bears, Deer, and Other Living Beings Value Their Lives, Too, Group Says

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36 weeks 4 days ago

PETA Asks Mauled Teen to Hang Up Her Hunting Gear

PETA sent a letter to Camille Bomboy—the 18-year-old hunter who narrowly survived an attack by a mother bear during a recent hunting excursion in Clinton County—urging her to reconsider her public declaration that the incident " more»

Why I'm Voting Against Attacking Syria

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50 weeks 5 days ago

Listening to the testimony of administration officials on Wednesday during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing only further solidified my position to vote against a resolution authorizing the president to use military force in Syria. I asked simple questions of the witnesses and expected straightforward answers. more»

The Dream Lives On

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1 year 5 days ago
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Joachim Prinz pictured, 1963. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Exactly fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stirred the nation with one of the most important speeches in our nation’s history. It has been universally known as the “I Have A Dream” Speech. more»

Road Repairs, Building Projects Go Undone Due to Prevailing Wage Law

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1 year 1 week ago

Pennsylvania’s prevailing wage laws costs jobs, taxes and economic development according to municipal officials who testified before the House Labor and Industry Committee Thursday in State College. Rep. more»

Washington Post - Amazon Play

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1 year 3 weeks ago

Plenty of people have reported about Amazon’s Jeff Bezos buying the Washington Post newspaper for $250 Million this week. I’d like to offer some possible synergies that I haven’t seen written about yet. more»

Words Of Warning From 1970 Applied To 21st Century Fracking

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1 year 5 weeks ago

Regarding the “heat rush” application of the new technology of hydraulic-fracturing of shale for natural gas (fracking) in our north-central Pennsylvania backyard and other areas of the state, the country and the world, Alvin Toffler’s strong words of warning in his 1970 book, Future Shock, have uncanny relevance, even though they more»

Mayor Discusses Plans to Curb Crime in City

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1 year 6 weeks ago

WILLIAMSPORT -- At yesterday’s press conference, I stated the following recent plan to curb crime in the City of Williamsport: more»

Prevailing Wage and Road Maintenance

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1 year 9 weeks ago

Should a state law that’s been in place for more than five decades be updated to help Pennsylvania’s local municipalities and school districts deal with tight budgets today? more»

Bipartisan concern on DMEPOS

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1 year 9 weeks ago

At a time when bipartisanship is rare in Washington, a majority of members of the U.S. more»

Mayor to Rescind His 'No Hoops for You'

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1 year 9 weeks ago

In what's being compared to a sitcom situation from "Seinfeld," last week the City of Williamsport's mayor -- dubbed by NCPA readers as the "Hoop Nazi" -- removed the basketball rims from Memorial Park because he "we cannot reward bad behavior." (See this link:  more»

City Mayor 'Cannot Enable Bad Behavior'

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1 year 10 weeks ago

Citizens must be responsible for their behavior. As a city, we cannot reward bad behavior. more»

Why Pension Reform is a Must

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1 year 10 weeks ago

Since taking office as your governor, I have made public pension reform one of my top legislative priorities. Pennsylvania is in the midst of a pension crisis. more»

PennEnvironment Responds to Resignation of DEP Secretary Krancer

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1 year 22 weeks ago

In response to Governor Corbett’s announcement that Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael Krancer will step down April 15, PennEnvironment’s David Masur released the following statement: more»

Lack of information spurred call on exchanges

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1 year 35 weeks ago
Gov. Tom Corbett

Would you sign a blank patient consent form before an operation? No.

Would you build a house without a full blueprint? No.

Building a state-based health exchange without the necessary information is not any different. more»

Williamport Mayor Campana: 'Will not sign the 1 mil tax increase'

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1 year 36 weeks ago

In regards to the 2013 Budget, it is refreshing to experience a positive budget process that was constructive and focused. It was a positive one between City Council and myself and I want to thank City Council.

After reviewing the changes that City Council made to my budget I have formed the following position: more»

Session Daze - November 9, 2012

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1 year 42 weeks ago
 
 
 
 

PennFuture Facts: Mother Nature said HA!

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1 year 42 weeks ago
 
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Session Daze - November 2, 2012

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1 year 43 weeks ago

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Rogers' Disgusting 'Roach' Political Ad Inaccurate

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1 year 43 weeks ago
Williamsport City Codes Administrator Joe Gerardi who sets the record straight on Mirabito Properties Codes compliance. Gerardi refutes the political attack ad as inaccurate.

If you're in the 83rd State House District, chances are you've recieved several polical ads in your mailbox from both the 2012 campaign offices of Rick Mirabito and Harry Rogers. You may have cringed, like me, at the colorful flyer that featured State Rep. Rick Mirabito alongside a cockroach. more»

Future Daze: October 25, 2012 The sounds of silence

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1 year 43 weeks ago
 
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Session Daze - October 19, 2012

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1 year 45 weeks ago

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PennFuture Daze: October 11, 2012

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1 year 46 weeks ago
 
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Act now to protect our state parks from drilling and mining

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1 year 46 weeks ago

The signs are everywhere. 
Our state parks are in the crosshairs of the Corbett administration. more»

PBS Spreads Icecap Melting Alarm But Ignores the Elephant

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1 year 47 weeks ago

On  Sept. 20, the PBS News Hour did a segment titled “Arctic Icecap Shrinks to Record Low Level,” with Ray Suarez interviewing Walt Meier of the National Snow and Ice Data Center. more»

Living in the 'Promised Land'

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1 year 47 weeks ago

Promised Land is a 2012 drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Rosemarie DeWitt, Frances McDormand, Hal Holbrook and Titus Welliver. more»

Session Daze - September 28, 2012

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1 year 47 weeks ago

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Session Daze - August 24, 2012

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2 years 6 days ago

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Why we need a strong soot pollution standard

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2 years 1 week ago
  
Alert: Your voice counts.

Session Daze: An offer you shouldn't refuse

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2 years 1 week ago

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Session Daze - August 3, 2012

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2 years 3 weeks ago

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Session Daze - July 13, 2012

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2 years 6 weeks ago

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Cracker Jobs Worth a Governor's Ransom, But Wind Jobs Not Worth His Signature

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2 years 7 weeks ago

Governor Corbett says that he’s focused on creating jobs in Pennsylvania – but while he's willing to pay a governor's ransom for some jobs, he won't even sign his name to keep others . For those yet-to-be created jobs at the Shell cracker plant, he’s willing to pony up more than half a million dollars for each construction worker brought in to build the plant. more»

PennFuture Facts: June 28, 2012

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2 years 9 weeks ago
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It ain't over yet: PennFuture Budget Update

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2 years 8 weeks ago

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Marino Issues Statement on Supreme Court's Obamacare Decision

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2 years 9 weeks ago

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement today upon the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision on the challenge to Obamacare: more»

Alert: Your voice counts

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2 years 9 weeks ago
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Session Daze: Budget Update 6/25/2012

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2 years 9 weeks ago

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Session Daze: Budget Update

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2 years 10 weeks ago

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E1 HABITAT - It’s What They Do at The Game Commission

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2 years 11 weeks ago

Below is an incomplete summary of wildlife habitat improvements by the PGC’s Food and Cover crews more»

Show EPA you support clean air standards.

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2 years 12 weeks ago

Global warming is a big concern in Pennsylvania, since we're the third worst carbon polluter in the country, trailing only Texas and California. 

Why? Because we burn so much coal to create electricity. more»

Potholes everywhere and little hope in sight

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2 years 12 weeks ago
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Whether you drive a car or truck, ride a bicycle, or even walk — it's no secret that Pennsylvania's roads and bridges are in serious trouble. But instead of the members of Congress actually working to fix these enormous literal and figurative potholes, they are using transportation funding as a partisan football. more»

Anti-Fracking Rally in Corning, April 27, 2012

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2 years 17 weeks ago
Anti-Fracking Rally in Corning, April 27, 2012

Hello to all of you environmentally aware and environmentally caring people and to any media folks who are here. My name is Dave Kagan, and I’ve come to tell you what life is like now, where I live along Pine Creek in north central Pennsylvania, a state that I am now sorely ashamed of. more»

Watson Township Supervisor David Kagan’s Resigns

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2 years 17 weeks ago
David Ira Kagan

This letter is to explain to my Watson Township constituents (especially the 30+ who went to the polls last November to vote me in as a write-in candidate) and the general public why I have decided to resign as a Watson Township Supervisor. There are two basic reasons: more»

Proposed Budget Cuts Recreation, Park, Conservation Fund

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2 years 17 weeks ago

Governor Corbett’s proposed 2012-13 budget eliminates all conservation, park, and recreation funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. It is the biggest cut to conservation funding ever proposed in Pennsylvania. more»

'Dimock Proud' Group Releases Video Highlighting the 'Real Dimock'

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2 years 18 weeks ago

DIMOCK -- Dimock Proud released a video today highlighting the town’s landowners, residents and business owners positive feelings towards the natural gas development that is occurring there. The video is a response to an earlier misleading production produced by out of town anti-natural gas activists and highlighted by CNN’s IReport platform. more»

Lawsuit results in New EPA Regs on Air Pollution from Natural Gas Wells

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2 years 19 weeks ago

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued regulations that for the first time will curtail air pollution from natural gas wells. more»

Two Years Later, Healthcare Law’s Broken Promises and Uncertainty Continues

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2 years 22 weeks ago

With rising prices at the gas pump and escalating healthcare costs, American families have been seeking economic relief, while the average paycheck fails to keep pace with the cost of living.  With the two year anniversary of one of President Obama’s signature legislative initiatives – the Affordable Care Act of 2010 – we are especially reminded of this unfortunate reality. more»

Fight for small businesses, protect our community pharmacies

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2 years 22 weeks ago

The Federal Trade Commission will soon make its final decision on the $29.1-billion merger of two of the largest pharmacy benefit managers in the country. more»

What The Frack Does Frack Mean (Or Who Are The Frackers)?

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2 years 24 weeks ago
Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 118 in eastern Moreland Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA (Wikimedia Commons: By Ruhrfisch)

"To frack" is an infinitive phrase meaning to break up shale rock with an ungodly high-pressure mixture of water, sand and a chemical brew that any witch would die for. more»

What The Frack Does Frack Mean (Or Who Are The Frackers)?

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2 years 24 weeks ago

"To frack" is an infinitive phrase meaning to break up shale rock with an ungodly high-pressure mixture of water, sand and a chemical brew that any witch would die for. more»

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