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)
The News-Item's cheers and jeers for the past week of news. Cheers to God's Chuckwagon, the mobile soup kitchen that will further expand its free service in 2015 when operations begin today. The Coal Township-based organization offers meals at no cost - (read more)
Pennsylvania has one of the nation's 10 "full-time" state legislatures. That, by itself, raises the question of why the legislature has to be full-time, since 40 other states seem to be getting by without the costs that full-time legislatures impose on t (read more)
Those whose eyes fall here faithfully may recall this week's offering was going to address the contentious minimum wage matter. However, after enduring Obama's "Summit on Countering Violent Extremism," a late-inning pinch hitter was summoned. As (read more)
Votes by lawmakers from northeastern and central Pennsylvania this past week at the Capitol. SCHOOLS: House Bill 158 would make it easier for schools to schedule makeup days for closings due to weather, safety and health emergencies. The House approved t (read more)
Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" didn't need a laugh track when it debuted on Broadway in 1965. It didn't need a laugh track when it became a movie three years later. In the first of five seasons as a TV series (1970-1975), it had a laugh track, primarily b (read more)
The other day I thought about my old college fraternity brother Dirt. (That wasn't really his first name, but I think it would have really got people's attention if he had printed it on his business cards.) Anyway, Dirt had sort of an unusual collection. (read more)
100 years ago - 1915 It may soon be necessary to make some regulation with reference to the automobile rush which follows every alarm of fire in the city. Before the bull whistle has ceased blowing, there is almost an endless string of these vehicles spe (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2015:02:25 10:26:49 "The way a man plays a game shows some of his character. The way he loses shows all of it." - Unknown The board game is not dead!!! In the age of technology this and technology that, people are apparently still enjoying entertainment that doesn't need b (read more)