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Create fair funding for Pennsylvania Charter Schools

Many educators agree that the formula for funding charter schools and cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania is broken. The Basic Education Funding Commission is currently holding hearings with the goal of creating a new formula for funding all schools in the state, and that may well involve the creation of a new scheme for funding charter schools.  Read more

The proposed expanded fishing access: Reinventing Long Eddy

Local residents and officials in Sullivan County have long complained about property being taken off the tax rolls, regardless of the reason, because when it happens it often makes the job of balancing the town’s books just a little more difficult. So it’s understandable that the supervisor of the Town of Fremont, George Conklin, and other officials are not particularly pleased that a half-acre parcel of riverfront property may ultimately be taken off the tax rolls as part of a plan to expand the public river access in Long Eddy.  Read more

Sustaining local agriculture: Supporting young and beginning farmers

Probably you’ve seen the American Farmland Trust bumper sticker with the warning, “No Farms/No Food,” or its corollary, “Yes Farms/Yes Food,” which puts a more positive and constructive spin on the idea.  Read more

Power to the people: Who will control the Internet?

“The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite to link several billion devices worldwide.”—Wikipedia  Read more

Economically speaking: Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

A majority of Americans appear to be gripped by a sense of economic anxiety. While many indicators show an improved economy (the unemployment rate is down to 5.8% and growth is up by 3%), average Americans feel left behind in the recovery. Exit polls in last week’s election show that 78% of voters are worried about the direction of the economy. Forty-eight percent said the economy was not good, and another 22% said it is poor. With this as the backdrop, Americans turned to the Republican Party last Tuesday in search of a different solution.  Read more

Chicken controversy Food for thought

With more Americans changing their conceptions about eating healthier food and living more sustainable lifestyles, it’s time for local officials to take these matters into consideration, too. The trend to eat food that is grown close to where you live is not going away any time soon—whether that’s buying from local farmers or growing, raising, or producing some of one’s own food.  Read more

Money makes the candidate

The River Reporter does not endorse political candidates, and we will not do so in this election, but we do endorse one of the central themes of independent congressional candidate Nick Troiano—that there is too much money influencing political outcomes in the United States, and that is not healthy for a democracy.  Read more

Children who read

Want to make a difference in a child’s life? Read aloud to your children, and when they are ready for books of their own, give a book to a child, or support local programs that do. Today we salute these volunteer organizations in our area for the fine work they do promoting literacy by introducing reading and book ownership to the youngest of our region’s future citizens. Even in the digital age of e-books, it is vitally important for young children to read aloud and to be read to, and to have the opportunity to possess their very own books.  Read more

Proposition One and redistricting: A case for direct democracy

Good government groups disagree about whether Proposition One, which will appear on the ballot in New York State on Election Day, is a good idea. One side is in favor of the constitutional amendment because creating a commission to engage in the redistricting process, which occurs every 10 years, could, they argue, take some of the politics out of the process. They also advocate that the amendment, along with a related statute that was passed in advance of the vote, includes other safeguards that will make the process fairer.  Read more

Warming or not?

With regard to the question as to whether global warming is currently occurring, discussed in these pages in an editorial on September 24 and a letter to the editor in last week’s newspaper, we offer this chart and some related verbiage from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website.  Read more