Sullivan County Clerk Dan Briggs has some predictions about what 2019 will bring to his office. One was that there would be longer lines of people waiting to get drivers’ licenses because there are now three different forms of licenses to choose from.
The 116th U.S. Congress was sworn in on January 3, with many news outlets noting that this is the most diverse Congress in terms of race, sex and religious orientation in the history of this country.
At press time, the partial shutdown of the federal government is in full swing and President Donald Trump still insists he won’t sign any budget agreement that does not include $5 billion for his proposed wall between parts of the U.S. and Mexico.
For some, the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new is an opportunity to take stock, make intentions and send good wishes to others. In the spirit of those well wishes, here are some forward-thinking messages from the staff at The River Reporter.
Some have lofty thoughts.
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on December 12 to pass the $867 billion Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, a bipartisan effort that benefits farmers.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) seemed to react with a bit too much caution in October, when it warned U.S. consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce, at all, from anywhere, because of the possibility of contamination.
Now that Pennsylvania and New York’s Whitetail deer seasons are in full swing, hunting has become a hot-button topic for many. Platforms on the issue typically range from an ethical respect for living things to the necessity of providing naturally sourced meat to families.
Thirteen federal agencies and more than 300 experts, both from inside and outside government have been working for two years on the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), a report on the impacts of climate change on the United States and the world (www.globalchange.gov.) The production of the report
With the ascendency of Small Business Saturday, consumers are urged to shop at small, local businesses—and in particular on the Saturday after Black Friday. With both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday coming up, we thought a reminder of the benefits of shopping at local venues vs. national chains and internet stores would be in order.
There has been some discussion about whether the election on November 6 was actually a “blue wave,” but when one party takes 33 seats away from the other party in the House of Representatives—which was the total at printing deadline—that’s a wave.