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AFTERTHOUGHTS

Local Commentaries

Economic principlesThere are only two things we remember from introduction to microeconomics. The rule of 72 and the law of diminishing returns. The latter we recall under these terms: the first cheeseburger is worth more to me than the fifth. After three or so, the price has to be right or ...

Liberal in America

Local Commentaries

I am not sure when it happened, but it seems to have become a crime to be poor. Well. Maybe 'crime' is an overstatement, but it has certainly become fashionable to blame them for their own misfortune.If you talk about the fact that $7.35 is not a livable wage, the reply comes fast and furious. ...

Our Opinion: ‘Opportunities to improve’

Our Opinion

When the tables are turned, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not respond well to reports that conclude it does a worse job of keeping its own house in order than many of the companies it persecutes.A report from the EPA's Office of Inspector General - charged with receiving and ...

Our Opinion: Bee careful

Our Opinion

A major producer of products used to control garden pests and weeds, the Ortho company, announced this week it will stop using a category of chemicals believed to be harmful to bees.Good for Ortho! For several years, it has been apparent something is reducing bee populations.That is a serious ...

Our Opinion: Kicking the curb

Our Opinion

Many people think of "entitlement" programs as federal government responsibilities. While it is true most of the money for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid comes from Washington, billions of dollars a year come from state coffers for some payments, including Medicaid and unemployment ...

Our Opinion: Very red tape

Our Opinion

On Wednesday, it was announced the Martinsburg, W,Va., veterans hospital would be closing its inpatient psychiatric facility. Military veterans who need help with psychiatric challenges would not be getting it from the government for as long as nine months. Why? Because the hospital is run by ...

Unhappy fisherman

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Well I guess there will be fishing this year at Chapman Dam Lake. I know repairs have to be made at times to everything. They have fixed up the park in many ways, including the campground.Wouldn't it be nice if they put some small cut-down pine trees, drainage tiles and blocks in ...

Thank you

Letters To Editor

The Barner Family would like to thank all those that supported the Jack & Judy Barner Memorial Bowling Tournament. The outpouring of love and support that we received in honor and celebration of our parents and grandparents was appreciated more than words can say.The tournament was a ...

My furry friend

Local Commentaries

As I celebrated April Fool's Day I also celebrated the anniversary of finding a new furry friend. The dog that we had gotten from the Humane Society fourteen years ago was still around at the time, but she was getting gray and many of her faculties were not as good as they used to be.I dearly ...

I’ve never run in a 5K

Local Commentaries

Hate is a really strong word.I don't hate a lot of things.I dislike some things.I dislike being stung by a bee. I dislike seasonal allergies.Roughly eight months ago, I hated jogging. Everything about it as a matter of fact. I really despised how bad my joints hurt after doing it. I found it ...

Day by day

Local Commentaries

There was a buzz, or whatever it's called these days, on Facebook recently including lamentations over not having Martin Luther King Day off. There were comments about how Veterans Day should be a day off too for students and workers.My question is this: what does having a day off have to do ...

AFTERTHOUGHTS

Local Commentaries

Stay tunedAnother time that attempt to keep participants more involved frequently shows up is in the first time something is used. At an unrelated meeting, an official fired up a monitor for the first time. He had to wait. The message on the screen was 'Magic is about to happen.' That's cool. ...

The Boo-Boo

Local Commentaries

William's favorite thing in the whole wide world is to help his grandpa do whatever it is that Grandpa happens to be doing when he gets picked up on Saturdays. The questions start before he is even buckled into his car seat? "Where are we going?" and "What's Grandpa doing?" and "Can I help ...

Keep our wild areas wild, wilderness areas wilderness

Local Commentaries

Do not let their foot in the door. There are people who would prefer that all forms of outdoor recreation be allowed on all public lands. These people, I believe, are a small minority even within their user groups, and probably driven by business interests.We see it beginning in our area with a ...

Nature more than a green blur

Local Commentaries

"I wish I had spent more time learning what it out there" a volunteer mentioned to me recently. One of a group of active hiking and biking people, she has sped through nature at breakneck speeds. This is what many people, including myself, do. Hiking and biking is exercise, not exploring ...

SAAM

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor:April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year's campaign focuses on ways that individuals, communities, and the private sector can help prevent sexual violence. Nearly one in five women and one in 71 men are victims of sexual assault (Black et al., 2011), but all of us ...

Education system

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Recently the local news outlets have reported on School Districts having difficulty balancing their budgets, or having a shortage of substitute teachers.I feel it's time we move our education system into the 21st century, think outside the box as some would say, and move education ...

Our Opinion: More than idiotic

Our Opinion

In case you didn't know, making bomb threats is much more than just idiotic.Not idiotic in the professionalism taken by law enforcement, businesses and/or schools to react to each and every threat as if it is a serious threat, because it may be...But idiotic because the idiots making these ...

DEP rule

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor,Rural Pennsylvania's chances to ever have a strong economy again are severely at risk. Gov. Tom Wolf filled the leadership posts of two agencies - the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - with alumni from the radical ...