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February 09, 2016
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Schumer is right on refugees and guns

While the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would temporarily prevent any new Syrian refugees from entering the United States, and would tighten restrictions before they do so, that program is unlikely to allow any would-be terrorists to slip into the country. As PA Sen.Bob Casey explained, “The United States does have a rigorous process for vetting refugee applicants, which includes several in-person interviews by U.S. officials, security checks by multiple agencies, significant documentation and a health screening.  Read more

New York voting questions need answers

At a hearing about whether some 137 voters in Thompson had a right to vote in the recent election for town council, the lawyer representing the candidate who is challenging the vote said his client was actively “dissuaded” from filing the challenges by the Sullivan County Board of Elections (BOE).  Read more

Co-op failures and the single-payer option

As the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare” was being crafted, some Democrats were really pushing for a non-profit “public option” that residents could buy into. That was too radical for many members of Congress, who instead came up with the creation of non-profit co-ops, which were started with the help of $2 billion in federal funding.  Read more

Compressor for Buckingham?

A company called Linden Energy Services (LES), which was created with the stated purpose of building pipelines and compressor stations to serve the gas fields of Pennsylvania, says on its website that the proposed development of oil, natural gas and liquid natural gas in the region will require $200 billion in “midstream investments,” and they plan to get some of that action.  Read more

Ignoring dams and other infrastructure

Residents of northern Wayne County turned out to a meeting hosted by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) in Forest City on October 22, and let officials know they are not pleased with the decision of state officials to drain state fishing spots.  Read more

UN adopts sustainability goals; TPP deal blocks them

World leaders were at the New York headquarters of the United Nations (UN) on September 25, when they unanimously adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These are important targets, as the globe moves toward sustainability and global practices regarding everything from transportation and manufacturing to health and agriculture.  Read more

The county attorney and the First Amendment

The case of William Barboza that sprung up in Liberty, has been printed in at least 135 newspapers across the country, and sparked countless Internet posts questioning why he was ever arrested in the first place.  Read more

National Geographic, Murdoch and the river

Last week we reported that the folks at the highly respected journal National Geographic are targeting our stretch of the Delaware River for a “geotourism project,” which sounded like something we would whole-heartedly support. After all, the magazine defines geotourism as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.”  Read more

Trump, immigration and the Tea Party

At this point in the race for president of the United States, the surprising leading candidate is reality TV-star Donald Trump. It seems more appropriate to describe him that way rather than calling him a billionaire, because numerous publications disagree about his actual wealth, calculating it anywhere from a few hundred million to several billion dollars.  Read more

Power and revenge in Harrisburg

Pennsylvania State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is in legal trouble for allegedly leaking evidence that had been shown to a grand jury to a reporter. Whether she is ultimately found guilty or not, it seems pretty clear that her legal woes stem, at least in part, from a partisan political battle with roots going back to when former Gov. Tom Corbett was attorney general, with his eye on the governor’s office.  Read more