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Sen. Toomey at the gate

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) is running for his first reelection since his victory in 2010 probably against Joe Sestak (D). It's bound to be one of the most interesting U.S. Senate races of 2016.And one of the priciest.Total spending is likely to top the $50 million raised in 2012 in the costly Bob ...

Bible digest

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." (Exodus 20:8 AKJV)We set aside one day a week to remember what life is all about and who gave it to us. Take time to be holy. Honor the Lord especially on His day.

Deflategate vs. Jackie Robinson West: Pros take softer hit for rule-breaking

By JOHN KASSI'm not much of a Tom Brady hater or a New England Patriots detester, but it's clear the haters have lined up to vent their spleens.It's all about Deflategate, a rather ridiculous name for a cheating scandal involving the credibility of the multibillion-dollar NFL, the iconic ...

Bible digest

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is your neighbor's." (Exodus 20:17 AKJV)Guard your heart. This is where sin gets its start. Be content with what God has ...

Painting the town

By LAKESHIA KNARRAs the year chugs on, so do events at The Station Gallery, home of the Clinton County Arts Council.We're proud to have recently held our first show of the Invited Artists' Series, and are excited about the line-up for the rest of the year.We'll continue to bring engaging and ...

The 4-H Program needs everyone’s support

The 4-H program in Clinton County needs YOUR help."How?" you might be asking, and "Why?" I'll get to that in a moment.But first, let me clarify: the 4-H program receives outstanding support from many sources. Our dedicated volunteers plan club meetings, teach kids about building Lego robots or ...

With apologies to Glen Union

It's really no surprise to anyone that I get a little smart-alecky in my columns sometimes. I have a tendency to poke fun at certain aspects of local history, which the readers seem to enjoy, just as long as it isn't their ancestors. I've had times when people approach me and tell me how much ...

Freedom of speech with no ‘buts’ attached

By RAHN FORNEYwww.ldnews.comI take my freedom of speech straight up - no mixers; no chasers; not shaken; not stirred.We forget, in our world where everything is "the biggest," "the best," "the greatest ever" that not every strong statement is mere hyperbole to be ignored.Patrick Henry did not ...

Reduce Legislature’s size

California has nearly 39 million people, making it the nation's most populous state by a fat 12 million. It has 120 members in its legislature.Texas is No. 2 on the people meter, with nearly 27 million. Its House and Senate have a combined 181 lawmakers.Florida, third in the 2014 census with ...

Taxpayers can now track expenses

By RACHEL MARTINwww.Watchdog.orgTransparency has gotten more clickable, as Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced that his cabinet officials' expenses are now online.Spokesman Jeff Sheridan told Watchdog.org that Wolf's expenses won't be on there, but only because "it's his personal policy, that ...

Retirement? Dream on

By JOHN GRIMALDIAmerica's workers are too busy looking for jobs to think much about the prospects of retiring.One of the longest, slowest and weakest post-recession recoveries has decimated the workforce.Record numbers of people have stopped looking for jobs out of despair, skewing government ...

Vote … for all our sakes

Voter turnout has been increasingly suppressed for several reasons, but first among them is our having to put up with the continual negative political ads in our daily lives.These cost enormous amounts of money and have been shown to push us away from the polls.We need ads that will tell us ...

A life that mattered

By WALTER BRASCHMichael Blake died just over a week ago.You probably don't know the name.You probably don't know about his life.You probably don't know most of what he wrote. That's probably because he didn't write diet and exercise books. Or cookbooks. Or "feel good" books. Or books about ...

Why so long? Meaningful steps toward clean water take decades

By TOM HORTONThe Bay JournalThe Bay just got an important "win," with Maryland's agreement to end the spreading of poultry manure across sections of its Eastern Shore.Everyone should be happy about that. But no one should be satisfied. We could have had this win a decade ago. Understanding why ...

Free trade agreement opposed

By HAROLD PEASEMany are still ignorant of the coming to fruition, after a decade of numerous secret meetings, a huge trade agreement known as the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP, first initiated under George W. Bush in 2005 and now pushed by Barack Obama, "which when finished, will govern 40 ...

Mom of the year … not

Toya Graham is the mom who beat her teenage son during the Baltimore riots.The video of her went viral and many of us would like to give her a mother-of-year award.Commentators have admonished all parents to control their children. We believe if there were more such beatings, there may not have ...

It’s finals week! Don’t stress … but most students do

By STEPHEN BENNETTA study of 2,000, final-year undergraduate college students in the United States found that 64 percent are worried that stress and anxiety are creating performance issues that are fuelling fears they will be awarded lower grades than expected.The research, released by the ...