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AAA report discusses state, local gas price increases

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

Pennsylvania gas prices increased by 13 cents the week of Jan. 3 to $2.603 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

On the National Front

The New Year began with increased gas prices reaching today’s average of $2.35 per gallon.

The national average has moved higher for 35 of the past 36 days, largely due to market reactions to last fall’s OPEC deal.

Pump prices increased by six cents on the week, by 18 cents per gallon on the month, and are up by 36 cents on the year.

Another View

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by The Press in Opinion

How will proposed health-care changes affect you and your loved ones?

Three weeks ago, I watched along with other Americans as Republicans gained control of the 115th U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Last Friday, Americans and the world watched as businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn-in as the 45th president of the United States.

As a consumer of the Affordable Care Act, I have been closely following what the new Congress will do to the health-care laws and the new health-care plan they are expecting to propose to the 20 million American insured under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

ANOTHER VIEW -- Where has the moderate middle gone?


My recent decision to charge a fourteen year old white juvenile male with Harassment and Ethnic Intimidation of a sixteen year old African American male generated a great deal of tweets, Facebook messages and calls to me. The majority of the folks supported my decision as consistent with the particular facts of this matter and the law. Those who did not agree fell into two camps:

(1) First Amendment purists who believe (wrongly) that free speech was being punished by my decision; and

Bridge renovations suffer roadblocks

Monday, January 9, 2017 by BERNIE O’HARE in Opinion

At their Jan. 5 meeting, Northampton County commissioners discovered that an innovative bridge-bundling project, under which 33 of the county’s 119 bridges will be repaired or replaced, will be about $1.5 million more expensive than originally thought. It will also take at least a year longer to complete, thanks to litigation pending in Commonwealth Court. But Executive John Brown told council it is still the way to go.

ANOTHER VIEW--What about our military personnel?

Monday, January 9, 2017 by DEBBIE GALBRAITH in Opinion

At the end of each year, I am glued to the television as we reflect on the celebrities and well-known personalities who have died during the year.

I didn’t know any of them personally, but certainly benefited in some way from their talents in film, television, books or music.

What we didn’t hear about were the United States military personnel killed in 2016.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., died Nov. 14, 2016, serving during Operation Inherent Resolve in northern Syria.