Opinion

Listen closely to voices from your empty chair

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A stranger appeared just as we were sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. And he sat in the chair that we always leave empty to symbolize those, who due to death or distance, could not be with us this year. The stranger then began to talk — and even sometimes sing. “Let us bow our ...

Quick cancer treatment reason to give thanks

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This Thanksgiving, I am thankful to not have cancer. I hope. Six months ago, my family doctor sent me for a CT scan because I went in to be checked out for something that felt weird which ended up being nothing. However, the CT scan did reveal some nodules in my thyroid. A local ...

Support our local economy

Editorials

The shopping experience known as Black Friday is two days away, but it’s not premature to reflect on that day’s big impact on local merchants’ bottom line. Black Friday and the weeks following it, leading up to Christmas, are a make-or-break time for numerous local stores. Actually, ...

Foreman restores Republican unity

Letters to the Editor

Although he was not on the Nov. 6 ballot, I would like to congratulate Blair County Republican chairperson Jim Foreman for his stellar performance. Foreman’s positive brand of leadership, along with his ceaseless work, has noticeably strengthened our party. He envisioned the ...

Enjoy Thanksgiving that’s free of cruelty

Letters to the Editor

While President Donald Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance. And here are some other good reasons: - You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Trump (or not). - You ...

Trump’s harsh words fuel hatred, violence

Letters to the Editor

Cesar Sayoc, who mailed pipe bombs to President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, CNN and others, is a huge fan of President Donald Trump. When Trump gets behind his bully pulpit and belittles these people and these organizations, blaming everything on “fake news,” his most avid ...

Shouldn’t schools have enough money?

Letters to the Editor

I recently heard a reporter on TV state that the Mega Ball and Power Ball make millions of dollars on their sales. He stated that the money goes to education. Please, someone tell the public as to what part of education. I have also heard where many schools are so poor that many teachers ...

Old PA Pike project would enhance region

Editorials

If what’s now being called the Old PA Pike Trail project comes to pass as envisioned — despite some opposition and pessimism that has evolved regarding it — the entire Southern Alleghenies region could reap substantial benefits. As people from near and far would hear about the new ...

US primary problem: Doctor shortage

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America’s medical system is facing a primary care crisis. To meet our nation’s needs would require almost 15,000 additional primary care doctors. Take into account the effects of aging and population growth, and the shortage will climb to almost 50,000 by 2030. There are thousands of ...

Prioritize students’ mental health

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When a student feels sick during the school day, they visit the school nurse. But if their problem is emotional or psychological in nature, where can they turn for help? That’s the dilemma some Pennsylvania students face when they are bullied by classmates. Tragically, bullying reportedly ...

Newburg conflict troubling

Editorials

Although infrequent, it’s not unheard of for there to be a topic of community disagreement at which the local volunteer fire department is at the center. Some communities have dealt with the question of whether longtime town fire whistles should be deactivated due to the modern ...

Joyce’s courage following footsteps

Letters to the Editor

Seventy-four years ago last week, our father suffered severe wounds on the front line while serving his country during World War II. On the anniversary of his injury, my sister happened to come across a letter among family papers that he wrote home from a hospital, just four months after this ...

Public schools are making a difference

Letters to the Editor

America’s public school educators and school support professionals prepare our students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow and succeed. They teach students to read great books and become math wizards. They introduce children to the wonders of history and science. They stay after ...

Vandals will regret their acts

Editorials

The three boys — two 11-year-olds and one 9-year-old — who caused major damage at the East End Ball Field on Oct. 27 presumably will pay a heavy price for plunging into the abyss of criminal behavior. Their immature, arrogant, stupid, shortsighted, destructive spree targeted at five of ...

Sadly, country lacks mental health education

Letters to the Editor

It seems like every time I turn on the news or open the paper, there’s another horrendous story about murder, mass shootings, bomb threats, or other violent acts. For whatever reason, people think violence is OK and the most appropriate way to end disputes. Our culture has less and less ...

Newspapers ‘tent pole’ of community

Letters to the Editor

According to a recent online article in Editor and Publisher, a Nielsen Scarborough study suggested “that in an average month, 169 million adults read a U.S. newspaper. They may be reading it in one or more iterations — in print, on the web, via a mobile app, courtesy of an e-newsletter or ...

Take the time to recognize a veteran today

Editorials

Voting in last week’s national mid-term election was one of Americans’ duties as citizens of this great country, and the size of the voter turnout was indicative of how important voters viewed casting their ballots to be. Meanwhile, the intensity of the campaigns leading up to Election ...

100 years after ‘war to end all wars’

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I’ve waited 40 years to write this article. For it was in 1978 when I first came across my Uncle Carroll Hosbrook’s WWI letters, including one written from France on November 11, 1918, Armistice Day, now a full century ago. History will honor these American Doughboys, the many thousands ...

Health care plans can solve problems

Letters to the Editor

There has been extensive press coverage regarding financing of our health care. The current system, including Obamacare, is not working and continues to become more expensive. Because of the high cost, many employers and individuals find it difficult to afford and may drop health insurance ...

Remembering a fallen soldier

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This was a military plan to force Germany out of France. To assist this huge operation, our military planned to invade southern France. The landing would go ashore on the Mediterranean coast near Cannes. Before the Allies could launch their huge attack, they had to assemble enough men and ...