Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Selflessness is the key to happiness

Most of us have heard the adage, “Money can’t buy happiness.” While the origin of the saying is unknown, I think it’s quite true. It suggests happiness comes not from acquisition of things or status, but from another source. The most consistent way I find happiness is by doing something for others without expectation of reward. Basically: Being selfless.

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DeAndre Levy gets a thumbs down

We give a big thumbs down this week to DeAndre Levy, a linebacker for the Detroit Lions who played his college ball at the University of Wisconsin and who, in making a sideline play, ran into Penn State coach Joe Paterno and broke his leg in 2006.

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Airport leaders deserve praise for foresight

Members of the CDT’s community editorial board identified competitive and reliable air travel as a key factor in the Centre County area’s economic development efforts. Last month, the board met with University Park Airport director Bryan Rodgers, Centre County Airport Authority director James Meyer and Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County President and CEO Vern Squier to discuss the benefits, concerns and the future of air travel in the region.

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Support local artists

Another arts festival is behind us, although the last one was rather special because it was the 50th and has come quite a way from the days of snow fences and first come, first served for the artists.

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Overtime pay expansion would harm small businesses, nonprofits

While definitions of the “American Dream” can be as diverse as the people who make up this great nation, there has been a long-held belief that each citizen should have the equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through their own hard work and determination. Across Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District that hard work is realized in the form of successful small businesses and nonprofit organizations that do so much for the communities they serve.

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Budget a win for schools across state

The 2016-17 budget provides a significant step forward for Pennsylvania schools. It will help promote student success and improve access to a high-quality education — regardless of a child’s zip code. Working with our partners in the legislature, we are moving Pennsylvania forward by investing in our children.

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Holding up our end of the deal

For longtime residents of State College, you likely remember the days of a thriving local economy. You remember the days of large tech companies like C-Cor, Corning, HRB and Murata. You remember when the downtown had more diversity in its shops and restaurants. And you remember a time when there was greater economic balance between town and gown.

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All tools needed to protect Pa. kids

To protect children from abuse, Pennsylvania needs a state-of-the-art, well-stocked toolbox. After the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal laid bare the state’s child-protection deficiencies, legislators overhauled our laws and equipped the box with tools that work. We now have mandatory child abuse clearances and criminal history background checks for those professionals and some volunteers who are directly responsible for children.

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Ben Franklin programs support business ideas that benefit us all

Many thanks for your article, “Tech startups take many paths to funding,” and your mention of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners programs (www.cnp.benfranklin.org). We always appreciate the coverage we receive from the Centre Daily Times, especially when it includes mention of some of the amazing startups we’ve been proud to help support through either our traditional funding program or through our BF TechCelerator Boot Camps for business startups. The two examples that you mentioned in your Business Matters piece, Airnest and Lasers for Innovative Solutions, are great examples of the 43 startups that have graduated from our BF TechCelerator @ State College, but are also two of the 10 new companies that went on to receive funding from us. To date, Ben Franklin has invested $950,000 in these very promising startups.

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