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Opinion

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

Letters to the editor

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

Letters to the editor

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 ...

Bible Digest

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“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, said the Lord.” (Romans 12:19 AKJV) Let God take care of matters. He knows what is best. “The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his ...

Second coming

Letters to the editor

RICHARD TOBIN Wellsboro Recently a letter writer compared the Democrats in Congress to the antichrist because they impeached the President. Does that mean that Donald Trump is the second coming of our Lord and Savior? The Bible tells us that we will not know the day and the hour and ...

Hatred

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FRANK WILSON Montgomery Where do these anti-Trump folks get their hatred? It isn’t from the facts, it’s from their own distorted thinking. I wonder which of the Democratic losers they’re going to vote for? A writer who was in the clergy shows his hatred of Trump. I thought hatred was ...

George Washington’s warning proves true

Letters to the editor

NANCY McCARTY Williamsport In 1796, when George Washington gave his farewell address, he warned, “However (political parties) may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men ...

Democratic wipeout

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TIM MANNELLO Williamsport Any Democratic presidential candidate who runs on a healthcare plan that would force Americans off of their current employer-based health insurance will lose to Donald Trump in November. Try telling that to a supporter of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. ...

Deer hunting season change not supported by hunters, businesses

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By RANDY SANTUCCI The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) changed the over half-century-old, traditional deer season opening day from the Monday after Thanksgiving to the Saturday prior amidst strong opposition. To someone not familiar with the dynamics of this weekend, this change might ...

Campaign dollars, not ideas, narrow 2020 Democratic presidential field

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By JULES WITCOVER The old canard that every mother's son or daughter can run for president has become a joke. The Democratic National Committee's qualifications for its televised 2020 debates require high donor and dollar lists, meaning at least half of the remaining 14 declared candidates ...