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Announcements for the “March for Our Lives” anti-gun-rights protest on Saturday have stated that “all the church bells” in Lewisburg will ring for five minutes to coincide with an attempt to “interrupt traffic on Market Street.”

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In 1790 Pennsylvania became the birthplace of the first American prison. Since then the Keystone State hosts nine federal prisons and the Bureau of Prisons’ Northeast Regional Office. Pennsylvania ranks as one of the highest populations of correctional officers in the United States.

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We are alarmed by recent reports regarding cuts to staffing and unsafe staffing ratios at Bureau of Prison (BOP) facilities. The safety of the men and women who serve in our nation’s penitentiaries and federal prisons is of the utmost priority. We urge you to reconsider these cuts to staffin…

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Our federal prisons are now understaffed and many are still overcrowded nationwide, so why has the (Bureau of Prisons) BOP recently cut 6,100 positions nationwide? These positions were arbitrarily selected without regard to how important they may be or how they may affect the level of safety…

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At a time when our federal prisons are understaffed and still overcrowded nationwide, they have proposed eliminating 6,100 vacant positions nationwide and making this the new, smaller number (called “right sizing”) the new 100 percent staffing.

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Dec. 7, l941, a 6-year-old boy was playing with a friend on Main Street, in South Williamsport. It was a mild day for December. We lived on the upper portion of Main Street about a block down from the Dixie. I was playing at my friends house about a block and half down Main Street right next…

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It has come to our attention that some confusing and inaccurate information has been disseminated to the public in recent days regarding the tax status of the buildings that the County of Northumberland is leasing to TrueCore Behavioral Solutions, LLC. We have attached a letter (printed belo…

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When my wife and I moved to this area, people were starting businesses to hand down to their children. That changed. Businesses are now started to grow and be sold for millions to large corporations. As this change of attitude began trickling into this area, I was annoyed at first: Prices us…

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The Northumberland County funeral directors feel we need to speak out in support for Mr. Jim Kelley.

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As commissioners for the citizens of Northumberland County, we have tried on several occasions to discuss with Coal Township the matter of the cost of the building permits for the Northumberland County Prison.

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For 18-plus years, our parents take care of us — financially, physically and emotionally. Who packed our sandwiches with a note for lunch every day? Who bandaged our knees when we fell off our bikes? Who wiped our tears when our goldfish died? Our parents did. Now who needs us as they age an…

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The Property Tax Independence Act, House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76 is at issue again this session for the Senate. Both of these bills are exactly the same, one for the House and one for the Senate.

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Right now the GOP Senate is preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and drastically scale back Medicaid. Unfortunately, no one outside a group of 13 old men knows what this legislation will look like or the devastating impact it will have on millions of Americans.

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Over the past week, several law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at 751 N. Front St. in Milton Borough. With its many challenges, the process was labor intensive and exhaustive in nature.

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I work for a Conservation District; specifically, Northumberland County Conservation District. Perhaps you’ve never heard of us. I am often asked, “What exactly IS a Conservation District?” I’d like to take this opportunity to educate you about what we do.

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Why would wealthy individuals and financial investment firms pump $10 million into elections in Pennsylvania in support of school “choice” candidates? While they will claim it is for the benefit of our students, the truth is that they want taxpayer money to pay for private and religious scho…

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In response to the misleading and incomplete information reported by Milton Borough Manager Chuck Beck at Wednesday’s borough council meeting, we have reviewed TIME’s records regarding Project 2017 and specifically the Broadway Streetscape rehabilitation project. TIME wants to set the record…

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In the summer of 1950, Communist North Korea invaded South Korea and had almost overrun the entire Korean peninsula when President Harry Truman ordered American troops be sent to help stop them. Communist China later sent its army to aid North Korea. More than 36,000 American GIs died there …

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It must raise some eyebrows when a dairy cooperative chooses to market some non-members milk with their co-op members. Certainly the co-op members have a right to be upset when they realize these non-member producers are not paying the costs that the members are paying.

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Donald Trump makes a huge mistake in believing that his M.O. (method of operation), so successful in a business career, in any way equips him to be a competent president of the United States.

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Regardless of whether Republican or Democrat, as American citizens, we need to exert the energy to learn and understand the facts of what the Trump administration is doing.

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I was dismayed to see the intrusion of fake news onto your op-ed pages in Harold Prentiss’s recent editorial (“Heavy Handed”, Thursday, Feb. 2). Mr. Prentiss cites a purported Los Angeles Times article on illegal immigration.

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While their record may not reflect it at 9-9, the Milton Area High School basketball team under coach (Gene) Bruno has been playing at a high intensity. Several games went to OT and some losses were razor close. They had wins over top teams in the league.

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Turtle Creek Park is a wonderful example of something good for the community that is resourced and maintained solely by local residents. There is no government involvement with excessive rules and constraints. No taxpayer funds are used to maintain the park.

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Is Pennsylvania trying to put seniors in the poor house? Sounds like it. A 25-cent gas tax hike, making it the highest in the nation.

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My grandparents often complain about how my generation doesn’t know how to talk to one another, but I always explain that we learned how to communicate in a different sense.

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In December 2008, shortly after the election of President Barack Obama, the Republican leadership in Washington decided to oppose any legislation or policy proposed by the president or the Democrats. The result has been eight years of partisan gridlock and obstruction which has been detrimen…

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While chief federal prosecutor in 2006, Tom Marino (R-Pa. 10) gave a recommendation for family friend, Louis DeNaples, to acquire a casino license. The PASP found grounds for DeNaples’ disqualification due to a felony conviction and other alleged criminal associations.

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First, let’s get the phrase correct. As we look at the two jackasses who represent the two major American political parties in the election for our nation’s chief executive, we must be more precise in expressing our exasperation: It’s troubling. It’s pathetic. We hapless American citizens ar…

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When I took over paying my stepfather’s bills and handling his finance in the wake of my mother’s death in 2011, I worked hard to get him caught up with years of back property taxes. By 2013, he was only one year behind.

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We are a little over a month away until Election Day on Nov. 8 and I have been receiving an increasing number of emails and phone calls from my constituents who are concerned about voter intimidation. This issue has made national news among the presidential candidates, and the people who hav…

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As a non-profit housing counselor I want readers to be aware of two new programs released by The Federal Housing Finance Agency for borrowers that may have their mortgage underwritten by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.

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Once again the taxpayers in White Deer Township (WDT) are seeing significantly higher increases in property taxes when compared to the rest of the Milton Area School District. The upcoming budget calls for a 5 percent increase in WDT and a 3.9 percent in Northumberland County. When is this n…

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