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Beneath jobs numbers, occupation of idleness takes dangerous root

You go out to eat and there is one server for a room full of tables. Please, tip them well. That old phrase about neither rain nor snow, and et cetera, keeping the mail from showing up in your box? If it’s Monday, that may not apply, despite the sunny and 75 September days. Reopened ...

I just don’t understand lack of support from dairy states

Why are there so many dairy states that are not supporting Congressman Thompson’s dairy bill HR 1861? For instance, the state of Michigan is continuing to grow in milk production. Yes, they want more milk plants built there, however there is not one member of Congress from Michigan on this ...

Gone…..but NEVER Forgotten

It is this time of year that my thoughts go out to students who are beginning a new school year and teachers who will touch their lives. As seniors commence from high school and enter college or the work field, they often give accolades to their high school teachers who have most recently been ...

Questions to ponder as the pandemic continues

First Question: Is your life back to normal? In pondering how you are doing in the midst of this pandemic, you know that none of our lives are back to normal. I have difficulty remembering exactly what normal life was like two or three years ago, before we heard of COVID-19. But masking and ...

Recovery must include help for hungry in central Pennsylvania and nation

Some of the most defining images of the COVID-19 pandemic showed lines of cars filled with families and children as far as the eye could see. Nearly 40 percent of those families were seeking food assistance for the first time, revealing just how vulnerable anyone can be to hunger. Many continue ...

Could the 1st Amendment destroy America?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” When the ...