Opinion

Manafort: ‘To Russia, with love’

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So much for the old accusation that the Republican Party has a "Cold War mentality." Or if it still does, it has switched sides.The 2016 presidential campaign continues to play out like a Christopher Buckley novel gone completely off the rails, perhaps most implausibly in Paul Manafort's role ...

Eichelberger off base on child abuse crimes

Letters to the Editor

State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. stated that some child sex abuse victims were out for the money.He could not be further from the truth.Recently, there was a debate regarding the retroactivity part of the child sex abuse statute of limitation reform bill. Eichelberger even said that the ...

State cops’ exodus raises flags

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The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association has posted bright flags warning of a potentially devastating trooper retirement tsunami looming just over the horizon.If the storm comes together and the retirement tidal wave hits, it would severely strain police resources, impair our ability to deal ...

Address Newburg stench

Editorials

Fortunately, the sewage-odor problem that's been plaguing Newburg isn't a year-round nuisance.It occurs in dry conditions like this area has experienced in recent weeks, when there's not enough water in the combined storm-sanitary sewer system to adequately wash out sewage matter from ...

PA Supreme Court should decide SOL

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Prior to March 1, I had little insight into the legal plight of child sexual abuse victims in Pennsylvania or across the country.After the truth of the abuse and cover-up in the Altoona -Johnstown Diocese was revealed, the glaring problem was heartbreaking. The issue of statute of limitations ...

Better days are here already

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The annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school.Twice last week I had to pull my car to a stop and wait until the school bus door opened with the familiar wheeze, releasing the ...

Black vote needs more attention

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Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order?But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from whatever source it comes.When establishment ...

UN fails mission of peace

Editorials

When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations' peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace?It has been awhile, hasn't it?More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the blue-helmeted "peacekeepers" doing nothing as they watched people be slaughtered.It happened ...

We’re underdogs in reassessment

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Picture yourself going to a football game to cheer for your favorite team. It's an away game.A few minutes into the game, your team scores a touchdown, but the scoreboard scrolls a message saying the touchdown doesn't count because the runner didn't follow the home team's scoring rules.Please ...

Sheriff in Wisconsin speaks truth

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Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns. In addition to the cowboy hero, the town sheriff was almost always a model of integrity. He stood for law and order against bank robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves all trying to disrupt the peace.A contemporary and real-life version of those ...

GOP can help escape Obamacare

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"You get what you pay for," the adage goes. Not with the Affordable Care Act. When open enrollment starts Nov. 1, the public will see they're going to be paying lots more for health insurance in 2017 and getting less.Across the country, state insurance departments are announcing double digit ...

Guantanamo won’t go away; nor will stain

Editorials

President Barack Obama has authorized the transfer of 15 of the prisoners still held at the U.S. Naval Station prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United Arab Emirates.It's a far cry from his 2008 election pledge to close the Guantanamo military prison, but the removal of the 15 reduces the ...

City’s response to flag troubling

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I applaud Dan Stuckey for being a concerned citizen and putting forth his own personal resources to care for a parcel that is currently the city's responsibility.It was disturbing to read how the city leadership has responded to one of its citizen's request to improve a small piece of city ...

Legislators following Trump are misguided

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I find it appalling so many of our local elected officials are endorsing Donald Trump for president.The notion by John Eichelberger and others that Trump is not being treated fairly by the media is ludicrous.Eichelberger actually agreed with Trump that Trump could only lose Pennsylvania if ...

Filtered cigarettes ought to be banned

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A possible future headline: "PA first to ban sales of filtered cigarettes."State legislators who introduced bill cited pollution and health concerns.The long overdue measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.Big tobacco continues to insist filters are necessary components of ...

Poll: Future common sense gun controls

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Ninety percent. That's how many young American adults support both background checks for all gun sales and sterner penalties for breaking gun laws already on the books.Ninety percent. That's the number that leaps from a recent poll of nearly 2,000 Americans age 18-30.Ninety percent. That's ...

Past can teach us lessons

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While we shouldn't live in the past, we can certainly learn from it.We are not the first humans to walk the earth and yet too many, especially the young, suffer from the conceit that history is just a boring subject in school.PBS is rerunning episodes on its award-winning series "American ...

Insanity once more: Clinton plan

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Contrast between candidates couldn't be more clearDoing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, when in fact the results never change, is one definition of insanity.That goes for economics, too.Over the past seven and a half years, President Barack Obama has ...

Don’t dismiss what Shuster(s) have done

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I'm glad to see Art Halverson back in the race. A competitive race educates the undecided.I have been volunteering since Bud Shuster's second campaign, doing a variety of tasks. In those efforts, I learned from the best political minds in this area, such as the late Bill Stouffer, Bob Boyer and ...

Past legislators spent too much

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The property tax proposal is a system that is in reverse.The costs put out by our politicians must be curbed before the public is being punished for the poor fiscal management by former and present legislative representative of the people.It seems they can't wait for the money reassessment ...