The adage that there are two guarantees in life - death and taxes - has, quite amazingly after all these years, been altered through Gov. Tom Wolf's first budget proposal. We now have death, taxes and death with taxes. We credit Coal Township funeral dir (read more)
Gov. Tom Wolf revealed a budget proposal Tuesday that includes dramatic changes in the state's tax structure. Let the debate ensue as to how effective his plan will be at easing the burden on property owners, on better funding education or on adequately (read more)
A new governor's first budget proposal and address always are interesting, beyond the dollars and cents, because they set in black and white the new administration's priorities for the next four to eight years. For Tom Wolf, the prospect is particularly (read more)

Letters to the editor
To the editor: Mr. Rabuck's assertion that Pennsylvania state stores generate a large amount of revenue is true, but he failed to acknowledge that the lack of retail competition sets inflated prices on their products that are less expensive in other stat (read more)
To the editor: When the issue of too much money in politics is raised as the result of the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court, the concern is that individuals and organizations will unduly influence the outcome of elections and affect the way th (read more)
To the editor: Much like Wile E. Coyote, who is in constant pursuit of the ever-elusive Road Runner, state Rep. Mike Turzai has yet again advanced his plan to privatize the state liquor store system. House Bill 466, formerly House Bill 790, formerly Hous (read more)
To the editor: I am writing to ask all Pennsylvanians to write or call your state representative and senator to ask them to vote "no" on House Bill 466, which would privatize the sale of wine and spirits in the commonwealth. This bill will not benefit al (read more)
To the editor: I am sure many of you have read of the argument that took place between Jeff Kashner and me at the recent meeting of the Shamokin Area School Board. As a member of the board, I feel I owe an explanation to the district's taxpayers. First, (read more)

Sound Off
Chemical wedding I was in Iraq in 2004-05 as an MP. Half of our platoon went to Fallujah and the other half was security for the inspectors looking for weapons of mass destruction. My friends in that half of the platoon told me they found lots of chemic (read more)

Time Machine
- Temperatures in the Shamokin Area were seasonal on this March day, when Coal Township officials announced that taxes in the borough would not go up. In fact, they said the rate would be cut to 9 mills. The projected budget for the year was $158,000. - (read more)
- Coal-mine operators once again were calling for the reduction of miners' wages as demand for coal continued to slacken. Federal arbitrators were called in on the dispute. - At the Yoncoskie farm in Seven Points, a corn shredder exploded with tremendous (read more)