Opinion

In response

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The letter of Mr. Jeffrey Carlson of 19 March cannot be allowed to stand without rebuttal. If the President is “the most patriotic leader” in this country’s history, I’m Rootie Kazootie. Mr. Trump has no ideology except his own advancement and material profit. He will ...

Our Opinion: Just one person

Our Opinion

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

In response

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, With regard to the 3/8/17 “Our Opinion” post, where it was stated that, “Overall, Obamacare has been bad for more people than it has helped,” several issues come to mind. This general issue, especially in light of the GOP’s current efforts to “repeal and ...

Our Opinion: No strings attached

Our Opinion

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best ...

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Take it easy

Local Commentaries

I think everyone would agree that we often “take the easy way out.” We “take the path of least resistance.” It’s human nature, isn’t it? I mean, what sense does it make to look for ways to make things more difficult for ourselves? Actually, in a flip-flop sort of way, it makes lots ...

Gross,-Stacey

Breathing underwater not as natural as the breaststroke

Local Commentaries

I’m learning how to scuba dive. It’s a bucket list thing. Something about the water — whether it’s in the reservoir, the river, the pool, or the ocean - calls me. I feel as comfortable in the water as I do on land. I can’t remember a summer of my childhood not spent at the edge of ...

Jeff Tome
For The Audubon

Unusual things

Local Commentaries

How do you know what you saw is what you saw? There are some animals that everyone just seems to know, such as robins, Blue Jays and Raccoons. But what defines the essential “raccoon-ness” of a raccoon? Would you recognize one if it was completely or partially white? Would you know for sure ...

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Without electricity

Local Commentaries

No water and no heat - that was the reality for me when the electric was out. Now I should mention that I was able to heat the living room with the gas fireplace that I have. It runs but the fan does not work to disperse the heat. A couple nights this past week I have enjoyed the evening ...

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

Musical chairs The video recording of meetings has driven a new and entertaining trend. Visitors see the camera and make sure they are nowhere near where it is pointing. That means the comfortable chairs around the table are less occupied than they have been and the bench along the wall fills ...

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Scarface and friends

Local Commentaries

When you marry late in life there’s a lot to learn about the other person. Dear Richard and I got talking about skating last weekend, a subject we hadn’t explored. Turns out he had spent a lot of his teen years roller skating while I was more of an ice skater. I even told him about the ...

YHS football

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, I am an alumnus of YHS, I played on the varsity football team for 3 of their worst seasons in the late 90’s (very few players and 2 winless seasons). My family was a large part of lighting up Mike Shine Field in the fall of 1997. I bleed red and white through and ...

Our Opinion: Better than nothing?

Our Opinion

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit ...

Our Opinion: Thank you

Our Opinion

People rip them. They never do a good enough job, some say. Well, our reporter rode with a PennDOT plow truck driver on Tuesday, and let us tell you, they do do a good job. You’re driving slowly, trying to miss mailboxes, guardrails, cars, every few feet. How easy of a job does that ...

Change is not good here

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, Technology. Sometimes the very things that we think are helping us are in fact destroying us. Our kids no longer go out and play, instead they spend most of their time in front of their keyboard or smart phone, texting or gaming. They now lack social and interpersonal ...

‘Love of the game’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, In reference to the March 15 article by Andy Close, “For the Love of the Game,” may his article help all those affected by the school board’s decision to co-op the Youngsville football team with Warren. But now let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Many believe ...

Afterthoughts

Local Commentaries

Profiling By at least one measure, I’m in the right line of work. When walking into an eating establishment to be introduced to a political appointee, she said, “That must be him. He looks like a reporter.” What, exactly, does a reporter look like? I wasn’t wearing a hat with a tiny ...

Hornburg,-Debby

Menfolk

Local Commentaries

We are lucky enough to see William just about every day. We provide his care while his mother's at work (when he's not in school) but William routinely spends Friday nights with his grandma and grandpa and he is a real fan of those Friday night sleepovers. One of his favorite things is his ...

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Wrestling career

Local Commentaries

I was 3-0! I never was much of an athlete. I went to my first little league baseball practice and was handed a glove for a right-hander. I’m left-handed. I tried out for football in junior high, but the shoulder pads were wider than I was tall. Oh, we played a lot of games in the ...

Gross,-Stacey

A matter of perspective

Local Commentaries

According to Google, which is obviously the oracle of our times, “Most plane crash survivors were sitting in the rear half. The odds of being killed in a plane crash are about 1 in 11 million. There is 1 in 3 chance of living if your plane crashed. With all these facts considered, it is ...