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We have now had time to digest the news of senior Obama political appointees — including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — spying on President Donald Trump’s 2017 incoming national security advisor, Michael Flynn. It has been weeks since the news broke, but we have few answers as t…

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Upon being asked last week if wearing a mask is law in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf responded, “I’m not a lawyer, so I don’t know what the issue is here, uh, if you want to stay safe, you ought to wear a mask…again, you can take that as something maybe, uh, has force of law.” 

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With so much uncertainty over when — and how — college classes will resume this fall, students and parents at least got some help in the planning process when the board overseeing Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities agreed to a tuition freeze for the 2020-21 school year.

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As our fellow Americans lose jobs and lives due to this pandemic, it’s helpful to pause and think about whether any positives can come out of this tragedy. With challenges this big, there are always important lessons.

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Here’s a newsflash: People are experiencing a wide range of symptoms during the COVID-19 crisis. Some aren’t used to not working, some aren’t used to being told to stay at home — and some now finally realize that they have children. If consternation reigns in your world, it’s understandable.

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Here we go again with the old song and dance, why shouldn’t our school kids come first. I say, when is it the time for all of the elderly people? The ones that make up a great deal of our population, the ones who have paid high property taxes for 50 years or more to keep this town afloat. Th…

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The immigration debate in our country has been dominated by huge corporations who want more (and cheaper) workers and by liberal advocacy organizations who want America to take in as many people from developing nations as possible, partly for humanitarian reasons and partly to drive up the v…

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As we get closer to the Democratic primaries, we hear many ideas floated by many candidates. Most of the ideas would be very expensive to enact into legislation. And while those costly programs may make some happy, too many tax increases tht would be necessary to pay for the program, may tan…

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Even people who are not religious will be interested in an upcoming case before the U.S. Supreme Court. A few Catholic bishops brought the case against the federal government. They claim that their religious liberty is violated when they have to pay for government-sponsored health care for e…

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There has been a lot of discussion about the awarding of “participation” trophies to kids who show-up for organized sporting events. Steelers’ defensive legend James Harrison made his two young boys return “participation” trophies they were given, saying kids should not be rewarded if they d…

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    Along with the cool night air, fear sometimes creeps in, as I slide behind the wheel, thanks, no doubt, to the never-ending DUI blotters that keep the Herald fax humming. Who else, I wonder, is on the road tonight?

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My son’s first birthday is less than a month away. What a milestone after the whirlwind year it’s been. The day will serve as a rite of passage.

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Before anyone looks for me to write about a big sports memory in this column like previous ones, let me warn you this piece is nothing like you've come to expect from me.

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In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains…

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A lot of emotions went through my mind during and after Wednesday’s horrendous fire at the Towne Square building.

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Family traditions, while too regularly falling by the wayside of an increasingly speeding and spreading world, are sometimes just another word for routine.

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Dorothy G. Woodford, 96, a resident of the Golden LivingCenter, in Titusville, passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2014.