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May 30, 2016
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The gravy train; Agricultural subsidies need reform

With any luck, the United States may get a new farm bill this year. Already a year overdue, however, the bill is facing some 11th-hour obstacles as a committee of congressional negotiators wrestles to reconcile the differences between the two versions passed by the House and Senate in 2013.  Read more

Job well done, Sean McGuinness

Sean McGuinness, the superintendent of the National Park Service’s Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, is retiring this month, setting off on an adventure that many retirees take—to discover what other wonderful things life has to offer. We at The River Reporter shall miss him.  Read more

River valley counties by the number

Recently we at The River Reporter were curious to compare three of our local counties in the Upper Delaware River Valley to see how they stack up against each other for demographics, housing and income, and so we took another look at the results of the 2010 U.S. census and some of the interim estimates (through 2012) of how we’re doing.

Here are some of the statistics we found to be interesting:
Pike, PA Wayne, PA Sullivan, NY
(576sq/mi) (763sq/mi) (997sq/mi)
56,899 51,955 76,793
Population loss from 4/1/10 to 7/1/12
-0.8% -1.6% -1.0%
Persons under 18 in 2012  Read more

Preserving a community’s assets

In the face of some well-organized and passionate opposition, Pike County Pennsylvania commissioners have a tough decision to make about where to build a much needed new courthouse annex in the heart of historic Milford. As the county’s population has grown (it increased 65% in the 1990s and another 24% between 2000 and 2010), the ability to conduct the county’s business undeniably requires more courtroom and office space.  Read more

Dragnet: spying in the digital age

It seems the time has come to reread George Orwell’s 65-year-old dystopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-four.” The questions it raises, about a fictional world in which each person is subjected to 24-hour surveillance in an authoritarian state, seem timelier now than ever, given what we have learned about the magnitude of electronic spying by our government’s National Security Agency (NSA), not only on foreign targets, but also, as it turns out, on Americans here at home. (If you think the bulk collection of data about our telephone calls is not spying, we beg to differ.)  Read more

Reflections on 2013 and some wishes for the year ahead

Reviewing a year’s worth of editorials this week provided opportunity to reflect on some of the issues we at The River Reporter thought were important enough to take a position on and to share with our readers for their own consideration in 2013.  Read more

Poverty wages

Recently, more than 100 U.S. cities have seen protests by fast food workers demanding a living wage. They are among the poorest paid workers in the country. Almost 60% of U.S. minimum-wage workers are in food service or sales. Farm workers and homecare aides also join the ranks of the lowest paid.  Read more

Threatening endangered species

Here in the Upper Delaware River Valley, living close to nature, we realize its great value to our lives; we understand the importance of preserving our pristine rivers and streams, our healthy forests and nature’s critical diversity of species. In the language of science, we value our region’s amazing biodiversity and the essential ecosystems on which the river valley’s species depend.  Read more

Libraries: too important to fail

Two libraries in Wayne County, PA, those in Hawley and Newfoundland, are in a pickle. Forty-six percent of their active users are residents of Pike County. Yet, the two libraries in question are largely left to carry the funding burden themselves.  Read more

Good governance

Good local governance requires an implicit partnership between elected officials and citizens with each party doing its part to make and implement good decisions for their community. The term social contract comes to mind—an agreement between the governed and the government defining and limiting the rights and duties of each.  Read more