The train would make its way around the track making a grinding noise. The bulbs on the tree would burn out and were replaced like unscrewing a light bulb. Candy canes were peppermint.

It is often noted that the success and future of our nation lies in the hands of our young students. As these emerging innovators and pioneers make their way through our educational system, we must be sure they receive a quality education and are provided with the tools necessary to succeed …

In the months since I first wrote about Act 152 of 2014, my office and recorder of deeds offices throughout much of the 17th District have received numerous calls concerning how landowners who have leases with gas and oil companies should handle situations in which a lease has expired. 

As Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Emergency Preparedness Committee, it is often disappointing to hear from teachers and professors that our younger generation lacks basic civic knowledge and the understanding of how this great country was created.

As part of the Public School Code portion of the 2017-18 budget package, the House recently passed key reforms to improve curriculum, learning environments and the educational process. These reforms are needed to give our students at all levels of education the best chance for success. 

As Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I have made it my mission to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to address key issues relating to veterans and emergency services.

The first thing I hear when I talk to parents, educators and students in the 10th District about our K-12 education system is “knock it off with all of these standardized tests.”

Earlier this year, I wrote about the Legislature’s fight against animal neglect and cruelty. I am happy to inform you that since that writing, several bills aimed at protecting our furry friends were signed into law.

This past week in my hometown the county fair took center stage. Well, or so I am seeing on Facebook and other social media sites. As I remained here in Lawrence County all week, I didn’t get to attend the yearly event that draws thousands. But, I am OK with that.

I have been in Harrisburg for fewer than seven months. During that time, I have heard from thousands of people in person, via email, and on social media about the need to keep more money in their pockets.

Ever since I was a wee lad — we won’t discuss how many years ago that was — I’ve always had a fascination with the night sky. I still do to this day.

Helping those who have fallen on hard times is the right thing to do. That’s why for decades, Pennsylvania has aided countless individuals who could not manage for themselves against the distressing conditions of poverty through our welfare system. 

An essential aspect of Christian rest is rest from sinning. We’re able to be victorious over the task master of sin (the “sin nature”) through the sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

With little fanfare, Pennsylvania’s CARE Act recently took effect, providing assistance to more than 1.6 million family caregivers across the commonwealth and helping their aging loved ones to be cared for in their own home.


Nearly three years ago, a bill to protect landowners who have leases with gas and oil companies was signed into law. Act 152 of 2014 also received unanimous and bipartisan support in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate.

The term “news media: can mean a lot of different things these days, but at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, the news media that we work with are Pennsylvania’s newspapers and online-only news publications.

Too many times when someone gets elected to office, it seems as though they go to Washington or Harrisburg and forget about the people they were elected to represent. 

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t hear from someone about an increase in their property taxes.  Why do these taxes keep going up? Because government at all levels has failed to get spending under control.  

 As the Democratic Chair for the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, one of my top priorities is assisting and supporting Pennsylvania’s emergency first responders.

  • By Bill Ketter
    CNHI News Service

One of the most unsurprising things about President Donald Trump’s first days in office is that it was full of surprises in the voices and images that consumed the national media’s attention.

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