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September 30, 2016
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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

Confederate pride or racism?

The debate over the Confederate flag has come north. With institutions such as the one that mounts the New York State Fair taking stands on whether the Confederate flag should be allowed to be flown and sold in at public events, the discussion is not only being played out in Southern states, but also all over the country.  Read more

Do smart meters make people sick?

The Pennsylvania Legislature passed Act 129 way back in 2008, and it requires utilities to replace the old-style analog electric meters on customer’s homes with so-called “smart meters” by 2019. Electricity suppliers say that benefits to consumers and the electric grid will be significant, while some consumers say the smart meters are making them sick.

First, the case from energy suppliers.  Read more

Social Security; The candidates hold its future in their hands

The federal Social Security program turns 80 years old this month. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law on August 14, 1935. While he was most concerned with helping to pull the country out of the Great Depression at the time, he appointed people from both political parties to come up with a plan to provide people with dignity once they became too old to work.  Read more

Some lawmakers don’t care what you think; Some big businesses are listening – a bit

Two of the most controversial global issues today regarding agriculture and food involve neonicotinoids and the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food. Both topics pit the interests of very large and wealthy industries against the interests of consumers.  Read more

Sorensen is right on airport hangar

With the Montreign Casino set to open in 2017, some in Sullivan County think legislators should bet about $1 million in taxpayer money on the idea that gamblers and others will want to pay to make greater use of Sullivan County International Airport (SCIA), and be willing to pay higher fees to do so.  Read more

Investing in health and farming

Sullivan County has been in decline for a long time, and some prudent investments might help the county achieve a brighter future. That is the message Dr. Karin Hilgersom has been spreading at various meetings around the county as she tries to build support for a $22 million Healthy World Institute (HWI). Of course, this is the type of message that’s intrinsically difficult to convey: it’s precisely in times of decline that people tend to be most fearful about their pocketbooks and most unwilling to spend money on anything but the most pressing current needs.  Read more