Elections always leave some unfinished business. Tom Wolf's historic win over incumbent Tom Corbett is no exception. Why Wolf won has been discussed widely and fully analyzed. The remaining unfinished business is assessing what his victory means for Penn (read more)
Pennsylvania regulators long ago abandoned any pretense that they seriously consider the adverse effects of gambling while relentlessly expanding the industry's reach. Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board went so far as to use a likely increase (read more)
I'm not one to take a stand, but if and supposing I was, I'd want to be plopped down on the side of those folks who want to rush the season. You can never get too much Christmas. I know people get their shorts in a kink if someone utters the words, "Merr (read more)
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has channeled the administration of the late Gov. Robert P. Casey in one important respect: a policy forbidding anyone in the administration from accepting any gift, in any amount, from anyone who has any business with the state gover (read more)
Someone with expertise in coal region football put it this way: "Coach Carm coached a 7-4 team to a 7-4 record." In other words, he did what could be expected. From this view, that's what has happened, not only in 2014, but for each of the past five year (read more)

Letters to the editor
Note: The following letter was read at Monday's school board meeting. Dear school board members: As you know, Southern Columbia teachers have recently attended board meetings. It can even be said that Southern Columbia teachers have never attended schoo (read more)
To the editor: A special thank you goes to the people of the coal region for their support of the show, "Late Nite Catechism," held at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School on Nov. 9. People came from our local area as well as Sunbury, Hegins, Pottsville, (read more)
To the editor: I am writing in response to Sarah DeSantis' article, "Murder in the Mountains." Sarah did an excellent job writing the article. As a family member of one of the boys, I need you to know the pain within the family is still very deep. Trying (read more)
To the editor: Kulpmont East End Fire Company's loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to build a banquet hall is a disaster that was inevitable from the beginning. Anyone suggesting that the East End mess is a "private club" matter doesn't (read more)
To the editor: Four advocates for medical marijuana spoke at a forum hosted by the Susquehanna Valley Progressives last week. Some shared their expertise, others their personal stories; but they all made compelling arguments for the legalization of medic (read more)

Sound Off
Tales of endurance We have record-high numbers of people out of the workforce and the only jobs created are low-paying - and all of Obama's five million new "amigos" will be competing for them. Obama was elected and re-elected by a majority, which proves (read more)

Time Machine
- It was a year that marked the midpoint of the Great Depression. In these times, when it came to matters of money, tempers ran high in the hard-coal region. In Carbon County, an angry crowd of 2,000 people gathered in Summit Hill Borough to burn an effi (read more)
- At the Strand in Shamokin, one of the best known performers in the entire world was playing to a full house. He was a Scotsman named Sir Harry Lauder, who did some comic turns and sang. - The Shamokin Kiwanis Club had rooked an interesting speaker, a s (read more)