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When it comes to perceived freedoms, the battle has long been lost. When you go on an airplane, you must take your shoes off to go through security. When you enroll in a university or a public school there is a long list of vaccines you must have. Have you ever tried to get some chips and a …

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One of the best songs by The Who, titled, “The Real Me,” asks one question repeatedly. “Can you see the real me?” I think after eight months in office, we can see the real President Biden.

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Among the ways Christianity has influenced the world is the general acceptance, in principle anyway, of St. Augustine’s four criterions for a just war.  They are:

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Now, that I have your attention, I just wanted to say a quick farewell.

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In a chapter of Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the king enters a hut in which a family is dying of smallpox. He dismisses a warning from an advisor not to expose his royal person to the disease. He enters the hut knowingly, and without fanfare, because he regards it …

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If you don’t understand our current culture, gentle reader, then you’re not alone. Given the increasing penalties for individuals exercising their First Amendment rights as well as other rights, expect the divisiveness to continue.

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Remember your high school days? Of course, when some of us were born, the Dead Sea was simply sick--and the mud buildings were a bit more drafty. Passing notes has been, for the most part, replaced with sending texts, but that’s not the only news about education.

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When I first learned of him, there was nothing for me to dislike and much to admire in the resumé of state senator Doug Mastriano, who represents all of Adams County and parts of Cumberland, Franklin and York Counties.

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For almost two years now, 219 East Central Ave. in Titusville has been vacant, as the former Perkins Restaurant and Bakery closed shop. The restaurant joined 25 other restaurants seeking new ownership, but unlike some of the others, the building failed to find one.

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In June, 1930, a 38-year-old attorney named Robert Jackson gave a commencement address at the high school in Dunkirk, New York. Jackson was still a “country lawyer” practicing in nearby Jamestown and three years away from going to Washington to serve as a tax lawyer in the Roosevelt Administ…

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The chorus is growing louder as the number of those who decry racism in education increases. However, gentle reader, most of that racism is caused by educational policies which trample achievement in the name of diversity.

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Perhaps you’ve found a way to block out all of the chatter these days about politics. I don’t blame you for doing so. Modernity’s mantra seems to be that everything is political. For all of our sakes, let’s hope that’s not true.

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Pandemics are public health emergencies; they aren’t supposed to be political. Yet, the American people have been subjected to Draconian lockdowns for months that have stripped our Constitutional rights — to assemble, worship or even to leave our homes to go to work — to prevent the spread o…

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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.