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Bail reform: Proceed with caution

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By DIANE DIMOND January 2020 ushered in a unique new law in New York state that abolished cash bail for defendants arrested for nonviolent crimes. Activists in the bail reform movement called it landmark legislation that stops judges from locking up the poor while they await trial simply ...

Let us pause to honor the sacrifice

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This week, many Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached both an unceasing struggle against prejudice and discrimination and use of non-violent methods to win the battle. King’s high-profile leadership cost him his life. Others perished, too, during the struggle ...

Back down, Mama Bear

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Dear Annie: Every December, my ex-mother-in-law organizes a holiday party for all of the women from her side of the family. It’s a fancy dinner, and they have a $15 Secret Santa gift exchange. As a rule, all attendees must be 16, and my daughter was thrilled that she was able to attend for ...

Demanding accountability

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Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Bible Digest

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“With him [is] an arm of flesh; but with us [is] the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.” (2 Chronicles 32:8 AV) Life is good when we know we are on the side of the Lord. Amen!

Dear Annie: What’s that old phrase?

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Dear Annie: People who complain about giving gifts and not getting one in return should remember an old saying: If you are giving something and expecting something in return, then it is not giving; it is business. — Good Ol’ Saying Dear Good Ol’ Saying: May our readers find the ...

Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller: An American hero

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Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

How prohibition changed the way Americans drink

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By JAY ZAGORSKY Did you know that that past Friday marked one hundred years ago that America officially went dry? Prohibition, embodied in the U.S Constitution’s 18th amendment, banned the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol. Yet it remained legal to drink, and alcohol was ...

Do Canadians want to defer to Prince Harry and wife Meghan?

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By FROMA HARROP One thing Canadians tend to be is sensible. And so it is surprising how many would consider making Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, king and queen of Canada. Harry is a beneficiary of the lucky sperm club, and Meghan was TV actress from Los Angeles. ...

Dear Annie: Achieving King’s ‘Dream’

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Dear Annie: Again, it is time to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. He would have been 91 on Jan. 15. Since his death in 1968, so much has changed ... and yet, so much has remained the same. Sometimes, I wonder, if he were alive, what would King think about how things have ...

Bible Digest

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“And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because [he is] good, for his mercy [endureth] for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.” (Ezra ...

Lost my wingman …

Letters to the editor

JAMES BENNETT Lock Haven I recently lost a close friend of over 55 years. Roger White was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served two tours while earning a Purple Heart. After the service at the Walker Funeral Home we preceeded to the cemetery, where we were greeted by a Military ...

Dear Annie: Replacing a beloved pet

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Dear Annie: Our beloved family dog, Dasher, passed away last year. Dasher was a husky. She was the sweetest and best dog I ever could imagine. Good with the kids and our old kitty. When I contacted the breeder I bought her from, he said that he is no longer breeding. My friend suggested I look ...

Amid dwindling ranks, a regionalized fire service should be explored

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There is no disputing the need for communities to have a dependable, quality fire company — paid or volunteer. There also should be no squabble whatsoever over having well-trained, dedicated firefighters and sufficient firefighting equipment. But there always is controversy over how to ...

Stop the falsehoods

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WELDON COHICK JR. Linden This concerns some of the unbelievable business practicies that impact retired senior citizens who are trying to enjoy their later years in life. I received in the mail a letter from a life insurance company that offers subsidize $1,000 of insurance coverage ...

Honoring MLK’s legacy

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ARTHUR BREESE Danville On Jan. 20, Geisinger joins the nation in honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courageous, inspiring crusade for civil rights and equality, including the right to accessible, quality healthcare for all. While best remembered for his efforts to end ...