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An Open Plea To the Cove Community

The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these. – Mark 12:31 This is the time of year when we like to remind ourselves what we're th... Full story

 

Whatever Happened To The News Media?

Several years ago, a singer, songwriter, poet named Jim Morrison said, "Whoever controls the media controls the mind." Today, 90 percent of the media is controlled by six corporations and, unless you...

 

Books to Borrow

The King family is living through the aftermath of a heartbreaking tragedy. When Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law are involved in a terrible accident, three women are left to cope with their...

 

Please Let This National Nightmare End And Give Us A Hopeful Holiday Season

To the Editor: As I sit here a week before Thanksgiving, I wonder if there is anything to be thankful for regarding our country’s current political and societal situation. There is fantastic news of the possibility of numerous COVID-19 vaccines in...

 

125 Years Ago

Herald of Nov. 21, 1895 The pipeline for the Williamsburg Water Supply was put across the mill pond at Fisherville, according to the Cove Forge correspondent. D.B. Carpenter, street commissioner of Roaring Spring, was reported to be doing...

 

100 Years Ago

Herald of Nov. 26, 1920 Grocer O.H. Wagner was the first of our local sportsmen to bring in a turkey, having bagged a 14-pounder the first day of the season. The Rev. C.S. Nonemaker, of Lakemont, had been appointed pastor of the Church of God at...

 

75 Years Ago

Herald of Nov. 29, 1945 Sgt. Kenneth F. Henry, son of Mr., and Mrs. R.F. Henry of Loysburg, who had been recently discharged from the service, was employed in Washington, D.C., at the National Airport for the Pennsylvania Central Airlines, as an...

 

50 Years Ago

Herald of Nov. 24, 1970 Wayne K. Frederick of Roaring Spring RD, 32-year-old dairyman, was named Outstanding Young Farmer by the Martinsburg Area Jaycees Chapter. Taking second and third places respectively in the competition were Dale W. Hoover of...

 

25 Years Ago

Herald of Nov. 22, 1995 Veterans of World War II were honored at a special WW II Veterans Appreciation Dinner at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Williamsburg. The affair, attended by 73 World War II veterans and 257 guests, was sponsored...

 

10 Years Ago

Herald of Nov. 24, 2010 Seventeen-year-old Connor Greenland of Martinsburg was taking his musical talents to the City of Brotherly Love this Thanksgiving holiday. Connor would perform in the grand finale of the 6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade in...

 

The Opinion Page

The Herald’s Opinion Page is where members of the Cove community are invited to speak up about issues of concern to them and the community at large. Shorter opinions are published as Letters to the Editor. Longer opinions are published as Guest...

 

Not Surprised by Election Results

To the Editor: My Herald comes a week later than the published date. Of course I wasn't surprised by the headline. I am in my mid-80s and I was reminded that many, many, many years ago, one of my relatives told me "that even if the Devil ran on the...

 

THE CAMERA NEVER LIES By David Rawlings

In his intriguing novel, "The Camera Never Lies," David Rawlings challenges us to wonder what our photographs would look like if our souls, not our faces, were captured by the lens. Daniel Whitely is...

 

Resist!

“Indeed, you won the elections, but I won the count.” — Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza (1896-1956), Guardian (London), June 17, 1977 If you read last month’s column … I nailed it....

 

Take Heart, Conservatives

There is a lot of consternation on the political Right about the apparent failure of President Donald J. Trump to win a second term. However, as a conservative, I don’t think things are gloomy for my side at all. Yes, the presidency likely has...

 

Citizens of the U.S. Need to Pull Together

To the Editor: Can Joe Biden save our country when the outgoing administration and its enablers are trying to delay the peaceful transfer of power and hamstringing the legitimately elected Biden/Harris-led government? In the history of the country,...

 

Red Poppy: Celebrating 98th Year

To the Editor: I am writing to correct a math error in your Nov. 5, 2020, Veterans Day article, "Why a Red Poppy on Veterans Day.” The red poppy is celebrating its 98th year, given the August 1922 adoption of the red poppy by the VFW at its...

 

We're All in This Together

To the Editor: I’m writing this on Oct. 30, 2020, so it is several days prior to the Nov. 3 election that will determine our preferences for the presidency and many other national, state and local positions. In my opinion, we should all resolve at...

 

Remembering a Friend on Veterans Day

In the Sept. 5, 2019, edition of the Herald you will find the story of John Fisher. John was a Navy veteran, serving on the submarine tender USS Fulton during World War II. When I met John, I was 51...

 

Smoke Screen By Terri Blackstock

Nate Beckett was a member of the Hotshot fire fighting team. It was his job to parachute into a wildfire, cut down trees and clear brush so the fire will die down. Nate lead his team into the fire...

 

A Civic Duty For Today's News Consumer: Identify Fake News

Pennsylvanians are social people, often engaging with family, friends and others through numerous social media platforms. Information shared on these platforms can come from reputable news sources or, unfortunately, from other untrustworthy...

 

I Hope I'm Wrong

Every now and then I'm tempted to dig out the old crystal ball and try my luck at predicting the future. I really shouldn't, because I have a poor track record. Losing a $100 bet on the World Series...

 

Presidents and Candidates in the Cove

To the Editor: This is a response to your front page question “How Many Presidents Have Visited the Cove?” in the Oct. 29, 2020, edition. Do future presidents or candidates count? I was working for Penn Air, Inc., at the airport as a line boy....

 

Thanks, Coach!

To the Editor: How good to see my “old” American history teacher and Morrison Cove High School basketball coach Jim Hartman in the front row of the Class of 1960s 60th class reunion photo in the Oct. 15 Herald. As proof that Mr. Hartman was a...

 

Coconut Layer Cake Murder By Joanne Fluke

"The Coconut Layer Cake Murder" is one of the Hannah Swensen mysteries. While reading previous novels in the series would have been helpful, you can still follow the story. Hannah Swensen owns a bake...

 

Patience Needed as Counties Process Accurate Election Results

Lisa Schaefer Executive Director County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania For the past several months, counties have been pleading with the General Assembly and administration to change the state’s election laws that would allow counties...

 

Pennsylvania is Poised to Pick the President

We, as voters in a Pennsylvania county located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, have immense power: the power to decide the next president of the United States of America. Pennsylvania is poised to be the state that decides the 2020 presidential...

 

Reply to Letter from Mr. Fred Metzgar of Roaring Spring

Editor's Note: It has long been the Herald’s policy that when a person or a person’s views are criticized in the Herald’s pages, the person who was the subject of the criticism gets a fair chance to respond. Normally, this response would be...

 

The Twelfth Imam By Joel Rosenberg

This book was written several years ago but remains relevant today. It is a fiction novel asking, "What if Iran had a nuclear warhead?" The book opens with the 1979 overthrow of the U.S. embassy in...

 

This Election Sets the Agenda for the U.S.

To the Editor: I was so glad to read Dr. Barry England’s article in last week’s Herald on what he is voting for, and I couldn’t agree with him more. If you haven’t had a chance to read his article, please do so as soon as possible. The...

 

U.S. Needs a New Leader

To the Editor: Fellow community members, we’ve seen some lengthy rants the last couple weeks that have insulted us, given us misleading information, then tried to scare us into voting for Donald Trump. This is exactly the kind of offensive...

 

Lincoln Project, Really?

To the Editor: Capt. James E. Wentz, thank you for your service to our country. Your appointment with history article dated Oct. 22 in the Herald intrigued me by your endorsement of Joe Biden for president. Of course, that’s your right, we can...

 

Civility Before, During, and After Election Day

By JOHNATHAN HLADIK Policy Director Center for Rural Affairs Discussion and debate has always been a part of rural America. From coffee shops to the local co-op, rural residents aren’t afraid to show their loyalty for one candidate or another,...

 

Lowering The Entertainment Bar

For our 61st wedding anniversary, we treated ourselves to a robot Rumba Sweeper. That evening, we removed the cardboard wrappings and three of us sat back to watch. My husband, myself and one cat were...

 

What I Am Voting For

By DR. BARRY ENGLAND, VMD It is with a lot of question and concern as I wonder where all of you Never-Trumpers have been the last four years. Are you all so blind to all of the facts and are you so full of hate that you can not see what the...

 
 By Wayne Bush    Opinion    October 15, 2020

A Lot At Stake

When DJT announced his candidacy in 2016, I was one of many conservatives that scoffed, snickered and thought it was just another publicity stunt by an attention-craving, billionaire playboy. But I...

 

Mac on a Hot Tin Roof By Melinda Metz

Mac, short for MacGyver, is a cat who belongs to Jamie and David. He lives on Storybook Court. Storybook Court is in Hollywood. Mac has a history of escaping his home and getting into mischief. Past...

 

Advice: Keep the Envelopes your Mail-in Ballot Came In

To the Editor: Here is some important information for any registered voter who requested a ballot to vote by mail. If you change your mind and decide to vote in person on Election Day, election officials recommend that you go to the polls with your...

 

'Walk a Day in Their Shoes'

To the Editor: It saddened me to learn from your column that there are Cove community “little birds” (as you called them) who seem to despise liberals and see them as a threat (“The Herald isn’t Marxist. I promise.”; Page A-4, July 9, 2020...

 

Have you Reconsidered?

To the Editor: I have re-read your “Ink Splatters column of June 9, 2016 more than once. (“Trump is Unfit. Period.”; Page A-4, June 9, 2016) Your inciteful [sic] condemnation of candidate Trump. I haven’t been to your speed lately ......

 

Many Happy Herald Memories

To the Editor: Thank you for sending me a copy of the Herald this week. Whatever the problem was, it appears to be solved, since I received two copies. I have many happy memories of the time that I worked for the Herald. I wrote a column called,...

 

Pa. Farm Bureau: Let Farms Resume Agri-Tourism Activities

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) is urging the Pa. General Assembly to adopt legislation that would offer commonsense legal protections for farms that invite the public onto their property for “agritourism” activities such as corn mazes, pick-y...

 

A Walk Along the Beach By Debbie Macomber

"A Walk Along the Beach" is a powerful story of sisters, Willa and Harper, and their dreams, courage and strength in the face of an uncertain future. This is a hard book to put down, a page turner...

 

Capt. Wentz Was Correct

To the Editor: Capt. Wentz’s remarks on patriotism in the Sept. 24, 2020, edition of the Herald (Page A-4) are well taken. I, too, was in the United States armed forces during the Vietnam era, assigned to Marine barracks in Washington, D.C. Among...

 

Changed Your Mind About Mail-In Voting? Take Your Ballot to the Polling Place

To the Editor: In Pennsylvania, more than 2 million people have requested mail-in ballots. If those voters decide not to return their ballot by mail but to go vote in person at the poll instead, they will be refused unless they’ve brought their...

 
 By Dave Scott    Opinion    October 1, 2020

Live and Learn

"The person with burnt fingers asks for tongs." – Samoan proverb There's one thing for sure you can say about Americans: no two are exactly alike. (If after that line you expect me to drop in a...

 

The Book of Lost Friends By Lisa Wingate

In 1875, Hannie Gossett was an emancipated slave who lived in Augustine, Louisiana. Her former owner was William Gossett from the Goswood Grove Plantation. She was living on the Goswood Grove...

 

Absentee vs. Mail-in Ballot, Explained

To the Editor: I will pull up short of charging Mr. Hamilton of deliberate fabrication but I will accuse him of deliberately attempting to confuse the issue with conflating the difference between absentee ballots and the currently debated practice...

 

'How Do These Candidates Compare to My Father'?

By J. WILLIAM BOWSER Recently a local newspaper (the Altoona Mirror) featured a full-page advertisement, which insisted that a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Christianity and a vote for Joe Biden is a vote for the forces of evil. Tactfully put,...

 

U.S. Cannot Survive Another 4 Years of Trump

To the Editor: The odd thing about Trump yard signs is that they are often accompanied by “Drain The Swamp,” a seemingly contradictory message since the current administration, led by our first anti-American, anti-people, anti-God, lying,...

 

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