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Local Commentaries

Pennsylvania’s remapping marked by hyper-partisanship

In December, a Democratic activist group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit over congressional redistricting in Pennsylvania, where the state House voted on a proposed map last week. The National Redistricting Action Fund argues that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the ...

View from Hickory Heights Soup warms the chill

There is nothing like a steaming bowl of soup to warm you up on a very cold day. The weather this past weekend certainly lent itself to the making of homemade soup. Let me begin by saying that it is almost impossible to make a small batch of soup. I dug out my stock pot and started in. I make ...

Memories of remembering

Someone recently told me to picture my memory as a bucket full of water – with a slow leak. I immediately thought of the little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike. Memory is our brain’s amazing ability to store information, mental images, or accounts of past events. In other words, to ...

Adults in rural areas need access to education too

For rural Pennsylvanians, a college education can be hard to come by. It’s not an issue of desire. It’s an issue of access. I live in Warren County. I love where I live, but for many here college is out of reach because we have so few nearby college institutions. Just 19.5% of Warren ...

View from Hickory Heights: Lessons from nature

In my reading I came across a story about a father and son. They were extracting honey from a beehive. As they were about to finish, the son noticed there were some bees sitting in the honey. They were covered with the sticky stuff. The son asked his father if he could help those bees. The ...

COVID annniversary offers perspective

We didn’t have a cake, but nonetheless, we did celebrate my one-year anniversary — of surviving COVID. I will never again think of December as the month to celebrate just Christmas. For me, it is also when I dodged the virus’s very big bullet. I am one of the lucky ones. I was able to ...