With the start of rifle deer season, it’s important to remind folks to be safe. Being safe in Penn’s Woods is advice that the Pennsylvania Game Commission offers to both hunters and non-hunters. The first tip we offer deals with florescent orange and how it can save your life. By law, any person participating in rifle deer season must wear 250 square inches of daylight fluorescent orange on his or her head, chest and back, visible in a 360 degree arc.
On Sunday, I was driving with my brothers when I noticed that the gas light was on in my car. I stopped at the UniMart on West College Avenue, but we realized that all we had for gas was spare change. We were about to pay for gas with $5 worth of quarters and dimes, but a kind stranger put down $20 so we could fill up the tank. To this man, thank you for helping us, and for inspiring us to do the same for someone else one day.
In the name of tax reform, the House of Representatives has created a tax package that resembles a gigantic Christmas present. By increasing the federal deficit $1.5 trillion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the plan gives $460, on average, to every person every year. Like real world Christmas presents, however, “some are more equal than others.” For example, the current proposal excludes golf courses from taxation and eliminates the estate tax, which applies to only 0.2 percent of estates. These lucky people get huge Christmas presents in this “tax reform.” But to create such big winners, there are big losers. Among these are graduate students. They will have to pay tax on what was previously not taxed — the tuition grant given to most graduate students.
This month marks an important anniversary. Fifty years ago this November, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which today helps to support nearly 1,500 public radio and TV stations across the country at a cost of roughly $1.35 per citizen per year.
As many know, in 2015, the Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County and Penn State signed an agreement to work collaboratively on economic development. More than a symbolic gesture, the Memorandum of Agreement highlights the value of a town and gown relationship in which the community and the university bring respective strengths and resources to the table in order to collectively influence economic growth and business investment in Centre County.
Sadly, but not unexpectedly, the EPA published its repeal of the Clean Power Plan, otherwise known as the Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units. It’s like a punch in the gut to those of us who value the remarkably progressive environmental work of the Obama administration, especially former EPA director Gina McCarthy. The new direction of the EPA is allied with the imperatives of the coal industry, whose leaders spin their profit motive into concern for the jobs and welfare of their workers.
Deciding whether the pain you feel is an emergency or not should be left to licensed medical professionals. However, as reported in the recently published story, “Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit,” patients in Pennsylvania are being forced to make that determination themselves to avoid being stuck paying thousands of dollars in medical bills. This is a result of Anthem, America’s second largest insurer, changing its emergency department policy, citing the need to unburden overcrowded emergency rooms and decrease the high costs of emergency care.
I have been reading the articles in local newspapers (Centre Daily Times, Lock Haven Express et. al.) about Devon Woolfolk, who killed a 500 bear while archery hunting on Oct. 31st in Rice Township — wherever that is. The bear weighed in at 502 pounds, according to the articles and this “made a memory he’ll never forget.” The article also stated that he (Devon Woolfolk) made his grandfather proud. The truth is that an animal has no chance in front of a hunter armed with a compound bow or a gun. Devon (and others) should take his knife and go in the wild and kill a bear with his own hands. That would make him (and others) a real hunter. Until then, as a hunter he (and others) is nothing more than a coward.
In reference to the article, “White House OKs climate change report citing humans,” (CDT, 11/4) the world’s top scientists now agree that climate change is due to human activities. Our use of millions of years of stored fossil fuels has caused the carbon pollution in the atmosphere to rise exponentially, causing an abrupt shift in the global climate. This shift has resulted in rising average global temperatures, sea levels, and length and intensity of storms.
My congressman, Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, told Derrick that he was a bipartisan representative working across the aisle to get things done for his constituents. Obviously, this was not the case when he voted to take health care away from my brother.
What’s your favorite part of the holiday season? You might be thinking about family and friends, the food, the traditions or the decorations that make holidays a special occasion in your home. Our loved ones are central to holiday celebrations, which is why so many of us enjoy finding the perfect gift that they’ll enjoy and remember us by throughout the year.
I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to the Penn State Veterans Association, the PSU Alumni Association and all the local businesses who donated the food for the “Welcome Home Vietnam Vets” luncheon held on Nov. 2 in the Hintz Alumni Center. Likewise, the awesome tailgate for veterans held in the Bryce Jordan Center as part of Military Appreciation Day prior to the Rutgers game was a remarkable event. As an alum, I am moved to see my alma mater recognize those of us who served this nation in uniform. You see, my send off in spring 1970 was quite the opposite. Due to the unrest on campus, we in ROTC were ordered not to wear our uniforms the last three weeks of my senior year. These days I am more proud than ever to chant: We are... Penn State!