Opinion

State Supreme Court ruling clouds regional policing ventures

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Police officers crossing municipal boundaries to assist officers of a neighboring or nearby jurisdiction who are in need of help due to some emergency is nothing new. That has been happening as long as people can remember. Assistance doesn’t generally entail routine police patrols unless ...

More opportunity exists now

Letters to the editor

ELAINE PARKER Addison, Texas Today, the Fourth of July, marks the founding of the United States — a country that has acted as a beacon of freedom and economic opportunity to people around the world. That mantra couldn’t be more true today. The current economy is as vibrant and ...

What do Americans want?

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This question is always relevant and politicians now in the heat of rhetoric war each believe they have the answer. Americans have wants and we have desperate needs. We don’t always get what we want. A friend of mine used to say that people in hell want ice water. What we want, what we ...

Why independence of the U.S. Federal Reserve matters

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By MICHAEL KLEIN Should you care if the Federal Reserve loses its independence? It’s become a growing risk in recent years as President Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the U.S. central bank over interest rate policy and tried to appoint his political allies to its board. Most ...

Bible Digest

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“But my people would not listen to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up to their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.” (Psalms 81:11-12 AKJV) If we are not for the Lord that means we are against the Lord. Think it over.

Please practice fireworks, grilling safety on July 4

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The Fourth of July is our national holiday to celebrate our nation’s independence. If you plan to celebrate by lighting fireworks or grilling, keep safety in mind for you, your family, and those around you. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an average of 280 ...

After Supreme Court decision, gerrymandering fix is up to voters

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By JOHN SHORT In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court has ruled that partisan gerrymandering is not unconstitutional. The majority ruled that gerrymandering is outside the scope and power of the federal courts to adjudicate. The issue is a political one, according to the court, not a legal ...

Bible Digest

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“Turn us again, O God, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved.” (Psalms 80:3 AKJV) All of us need the Lord. We need this kind of praying.

Sides to celebrate

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By Lisa Andrus-Welch If flags, fireworks, family and food are part of your Fourth of July holiday, you’d better get cracking. Tomorrow will be here before you know it and everyone knows how important food is to the celebration. Unlike Christmas and Thanksgiving meals, which have ...

Compassion desired

Letters to the editor

ELAINE FREDERICK Lewisburg Barbara Irvin’s May 30 letter, “Stopping the freeloading,” was very judgmental and I feel compelled to respond. The writer seems to think there are a lot of freeloaders living off the system. There may be some slackers out there but most of those receiving ...

Rated ‘T’ for Teen: Don’t judge a dog by its breed

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Dogs are a common animal in society. We see them at shelters, in parks, at friends’ houses ... they’re everywhere. Some of us are dog lovers, and some of us are not. It’s okay to not love dogs, but it’s not okay to treat some dogs how they are treated. There’s multiple breeds of ...

The stigma of lung cancer

Letters to the editor

CINDY SHAFFER Muncy I want to applaud the recent opinion column by Betsy McCaughey titled “A cancer stigma unnecessarily killing thousands.” This was an excellent article about the stigma of lung cancer and its victims. When a person is diagnosed with lung cancer, the first thing ...

It’s about those who have stopped looking for jobs

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By MICHAEL KLEIN The latest jobs report showed a lackluster gain in jobs in May that was worse than economists had predicted. While the sudden slowdown in jobs growth after many months of strong numbers is worrying and signals a weakening economy, a more long-term concern is the ...

Tobacco prevention, funding a must to save more lives

Letters to the editor

CHELSEY HILDEBRAND Camp Hill Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It costs Pennsylvania $6.38 billion a year in healthcare and lost productivity — that’s more than $17 million a day! Last year, more than 5,700 youth started vaping ...

Dear Annie: Exploring sexuality or avoiding stress

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Dear Annie: I’ve been going through a lot lately, and it’s taken an emotional toll. Among other things, I’m in love with someone I can’t have. My family is a mess, too. My parents should have divorced a long time ago but are still married, probably just to avoid the hassle of splitting ...

What’s next?

Letters to the editor

ALAN COHICK Cogan Station This letter involves two subjects: Silent sports and their possible connection to politics. Silent sports are the nonconsumptive users of our woodplots, national parks, prairies, etc. These are recreational activities, which include waterways, that could cause ...

Rule of Law

Letters to the editor

STANLEY TWARDY Washington, D.C. On July 4, 1776, America’s Founding Fathers did something remarkable in the history of the world. The Declaration of Independence they signed, and the Constitution they later drafted, created a country in which the people pick their own leaders, and the law ...

Bible Digest

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“Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts shall be established.” (Proverbs 16:3 AKJV) Follow God’s plan. He knows what is best.

Dear Annie: Adding pets to your disaster preparedness plans

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Dear Annie: I have a message I hope you will please share. The last several years have seen numerous natural disasters. The human toll has been great, but there are thousands of other victims that have no voice. Pets, especially cats, are left behind. I encourage all pet owners to have a ...