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Appeals Court Says Municipalities May Zone for Fracking

By at July 31, 2012 | 8:53 am | 0 Comment

Appeals Court Says Municipalities May Zone for Fracking

For years, Pennsylvania’s municipalities have held zoning power within their borders. As long as they provided a place within their borders for all legal land uses, they were allowed to tell developers of all stripe where to go. A township in my part of the state became the focus of controversy a few years ago […]

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Featured , Marcellus Shale , Pennsylvania Issues

Top Sales Tax States

By at July 30, 2012 | 9:20 am | 0 Comment

Top Sales Tax States

State Rate Indiana 7.0% Mississippi 7.0% New Jersey 7.0% Rhode Island 7.0% Tennessee 7.0% Minnesota 6.875% Nevada 6.85% Connecticut 6.35% Arizona 6.60% Washington 6.50% Kansas 6.30% California 6.25% Massachusetts 6.25% Texas 6.25% Illinois 6.25% Source: Sales Tax Institute Photo by robertstinnett

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Too Often “Free Speech” Is Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theater

By at July 27, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Too Often “Free Speech” Is Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theater

It’s taken me some time to get my thoughts together about the shooting spree last week in Aurora, Colorado. When I stopped counting, there were 12 dead and 58 wounded in the audience that had, earlier in the evening, looked forward to a peaceful midnight opening of “The Dark Knight Rises” – third in a […]

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TMI Responds to Monitoring Well Sample

By at July 26, 2012 | 11:30 am | 0 Comment

Exelon Generation For Immediate Release Londonderry Twp., PA- (July 25, 2012) Chemistry technicians at Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station have found a slightly elevated level of tritium in one monitoring well on the site near the plant structure. This level is contained onsite, poses no health or safety risks, and is located in an […]

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The Best Crap Money Can Buy

By at July 25, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

The Best Crap Money Can Buy

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Comics

For Whom, Exactly, Does the Pa Legislature Work? (Hint: Think Deep Pockets)

By at July 24, 2012 | 8:00 am | 0 Comment

For Whom, Exactly, Does the Pa Legislature Work? (Hint: Think Deep Pockets)

According to a release last week by MarcellusMoney.org, the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry has spent $23 million in direct contributions to favored legislator campaigns and lobbying efforts since 2000. The big winners in the Cash for Legislation sweepstakes between 2000 and April 2012 were: Republican Governor Tom Corbett, $1,813,205.59; Senate President Joseph Scarnati, R-25, […]

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Top Ten Per Diems: 2011 Senate of Pennsylvania

By at July 23, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Top Ten Per Diems: 2011 Senate of Pennsylvania

1) Timothy Solobay (D) $16,842 2) Robert Robbins ((R) $13,976 3) John Pippy (R) $13,202 4) Michael Stack (D) $12,150 5) Wayne Fontana (D) $12,124 6) Lisa Boscola (D) $11,692 7) John Wozniak (D) $11,632 8) Vincent Hughes (D) $11,211 9) Eugene Yaw (R) $11,096 10) Robert Mensch (R) $11,000   Photo by Senator Solobay […]

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Featured , Political

Coal, Possibly the Uncleanest Fuel

By at July 20, 2012 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment

Coal, Possibly the Uncleanest Fuel

King Coal loudly proclaims its place in our society, from the employment it claims to offer to the electricity it sends to our homes. Billboards along the Interstate insist that coal – often referred to as “clean coal” – is the way to go for continued prosperity and energy independence. But the billboards and television […]

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Energy & Environment , Pennsylvania Issues , Political

The Risks of Cloud Computing: Mobile Me, Meebo, and Google Video

By at July 19, 2012 | 12:00 pm | 0 Comment

The Risks of Cloud Computing: Mobile Me, Meebo, and Google Video

I have a Macintosh Color Classic sitting on a shelf in a spare bedroom.  I power it up once every year or so, sometimes to recover old data for a customer, and sometimes just to play a classic game. Each time, I find everything exactly as I left it.  ClarisWorks is just as capable as […]

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Property Tax Relief

By at July 18, 2012 | 7:00 am | 0 Comment

Property Tax Relief

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Comics , Political