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 By Allan J. Bassler    Opinion    July 9, 2020 

The Herald Isn't 'Marxist.' I Promise.

There are a couple of little birds in the Herald community who occasionally chirp to me about things people are saying about the Herald which those people are, for some reason, afraid to actually say to me, the Herald’s publisher. Since I have no...

 
 By CORTNEY GENISMORE    Opinion    July 9, 2020 

e-Books, Audiobooks From the Comfort Of Your Home

cloudLibrary saved me from absolute and total boredom. I discovered this gem when the Commonwealth was shut down due to COVID-19. I read a lot of books. I think it was somewhere around 25 in total. Without cloudLibrary the harmonious vibe of my home...

 
 By TIM HARCLERODE    Opinion    July 9, 2020 

COVID-19: How the Pandemic Made Conemaugh Nason Medical Center Better

In recent weeks, I have been reflecting on the unprecedented challenges that our community and our team at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, I’ve been intentionally looking for every...

 

Programming for the Future Virtual Author Meet & Greet

On June 16, the Roaring Spring Community Library had the opportunity to host Breaking Rules Publishing’s hottest new author, Trisha McKee. We got to sit down with Trisha via Zoom and hosted guests from as far away as California to right here in...

 
 By Dave Scott Jr.    Opinion    July 2, 2020

Team Work

"He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader." – Aristotle I am neither a child of the Sixties nor of the Seventies. I was born in a moment of time that results in my youthful personal...

 

Take A Careful Look at Demands of 'BLM'

This letter is written in response to the recent events that have occurred as a result of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minn. It is important that one separate a desire, as others have called for in this newspaper, to “do what’s...

 

PA 30-Day Fund Helps Small Businesses

To the Editor: Thank you for the spectacular article in your June 18, 2020, issue regarding the PA 30-day Fund (Herald of June 18, 2020, Page A-6). To date, 26 Blair County small businesses have each been given $3,000. We are hoping other small... Full story

 

Roaring Readers Challenge 2020

Every summer, the Roaring Spring Community Library holds a Summer Reading program for all ages. This year we will be doing our first online Summer Reading Challenge. The epic quest began on June 22 and will run through Aug.10. Registration is open...

 

Hypocrisy Rages On

Here it is June and while the potency of COVID-19 has waned somewhat, the hypocrisy roars on. There is good news in that so many vaccines are being developed, Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks one of them...

 
 By Jim Glunt    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Other Voices

As we find ourselves in the midst of a health pandemic (COVID-19), it is important that we follow the facts and not fall victim to the multitude of conspiracy theories that are out there. Do your own research; don’t listen to the alarmists. The...

 
 By Martin Bakner    Opinion    June 18, 2020

Other Voices

My grandson was born with a severe cardio-pulmonary defect, one that required numerous open-heart surgeries beginning when he was only a matter of days old. (If you aren’t familiar, you’ll find his story on Facebook at https:...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: We wish to express our appreciation to the organizers of the demonstration on the Public Square in Bedford on Friday, June 5, held in response to George Floyd’s tragic death, and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. We also...

 

The New Faces Of Library Services

The past few months have brought about many changes in our daily lives. Stay-at-home orders, the closure of schools, restaurants, fitness facilities and non-essential businesses have made us change how we do business and how we seek entertainment....

 
 By Wayne Bush    Opinion    June 18, 2020

The Myths of Systemic Racism and Police Brutality, Part 1

"There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living...

 

My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir By Jason B. Rosenthal

This book is the quintessential love story. What makes it most touching is that it is a true story. A young Chicago lawyer, Jason Rosenthal, is set up on a date with the daughter of a family friend,...

 
 By Karen Bassler    Opinion    June 11, 2020

I Wear My Mask for You

I have encountered several people over the past few weeks who have decided for one reason or another that they don’t need to wear a mask. I’m not sure what criteria was used to come to their decision but I have heard a few reasons and excuses....

 
 By Karen Bassler    Opinion    June 11, 2020

Tears

It happened … right there in the car …. and I’m not sure why. I was driving to Roaring Spring from Martinsburg last Wednesday evening at about 4:45. I noticed people setting up chairs along Allegheny Street and realized it was Graduation...

 

2020 Graduates, You Did It!

I graduated two years ago from Altoona High (Go, Mountain Lions!). That day is still fresh in my memory. We got to do a “victory lap” before we took our seats and all 600-some of us were called out by our names and congratulated for accomplishing...

 

CHS Names Val, Sal

Herald of June 8, 1995 Seniors Laura Herr and Katie Anderson were named valedictorian and salutatorian of the Central High School Class of 1995. A new farming supply company had been opened by Robert Walters of Curryville. The company, Cove Farm...

 

Unwelcome Visitors

Herald of June 14, 1945 Corporal Denver K. Ake of Martinsburg, left his air base at Kearney, Neb., for a destination unknown early this week. He has been taking advanced training on a B-29, one of the Super Fortress bombers at several camps for some...

 
 By BRAD SIMPSON    Opinion    June 11, 2020

PNA Responds to Treatment of Journalists During Protests

There is always a line. There is always a line. A line that, when crossed, is a step too far. The police in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, were doing their jobs until they crossed the line and George Floyd became a victim of police brutality that...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: What a welcome sight are the beautiful flowers in the planters at the square! We would like to thank these businesses for making this possible: Brubaker’s Greenhouse, Spring Farm Greenhouse and Cove Landscaping Center. Also, we...

 

A Girl's Guide to the Outback Jessica Kate

Sam is a youth pastor with a passion for helping kids in need whose past failed business attempt haunts him. Kimberly is a start-up phenom with a mind for business success, but a history of rejection...

 

Trends Affecting Representative Democracy

By LEE H. HAMILTON We’ve seen plenty of evidence lately of the deep polarization in this country. Even in the midst of this crisis, national politicians, the political parties, and their adherents are finding plenty to fight over – even as, for...

 
 By Dave Scott Jr.    Opinion    June 4, 2020

Be kind. Rewind.

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." – Ralph Waldo Emerson In the days of old, across this great land of ours, there were these wonderful places...

 
 By Linda Williams    Opinion    May 28, 2020

Old Friends Departed

It is May and I could still write about the coronavirus, but I am not going to because I am sick of it. I am sick of the theories, sick of the numbers, just sick of it but thankfully not with it. I... Full story

 

The Holdout Graham Moore

In 2009, young Maya Seale is excited to do her civic duty. She is chosen to sit on the jury of the most sensational case of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, daughter of the biggest real...

 

People in Glass Houses Should Not Cast Stones

To the Editor: [Taylor Township] Supervisor Replogle, [when Blair County was in the Red Phase], state guidelines advised non-essential employees to stay home to protect the public. It sure didn’t stop you from working with the Realtor from down...

 

'Daily Rags' are Community Treasures

To the Editor: Never has there been more information available at our fingertips. Given a computer and an internet connection, anyone can read and produce material for the world to view. Amidst that sea of oftentimes contradictory information, we... Full story

 

History Offers Valuable Lessons

To the Editor: There are reasons we were required to take history in school. One is so that, in the case of negative things in history, you might make wise decisions and not help history repeat itself. Stick with me to see how that works. There are...

 

Here Are a Few Questions

To the Editor: It is interesting as we begin to come out of the shutdown in some areas when you look at history. The country and this commonwealth are in shut down in many areas – not allowed to travel, go outdoors, have to wear masks, etc. May 10...

 

'Daily Rags' are Community Treasures

To the Editor: Never has there been more information available at our fingertips. Given a computer and an internet connection, anyone can read and produce material for the world to view. Amidst that sea of oftentimes contradictory information, we...

 

Automobiles, Influenza and Covid-19: History Shows No Equivalency

Contrary to what some public figures have suggested, there is no equivalency between the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and its resulting deaths, versus deaths from automobile accidents...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

Being a teenager is hard enough. Now imagine being a teenager whose ex-girlfriend Sadie is insanely famous and had her dad dump you via text. Welcome to the life of Edwin Green. All he wants is to... Full story

 

Lightning Strikes Steeple

Herald of May 16, 1895 The steeple of the Church of God in Martinsburg was struck by lightning and completely demolished during a terrific rain storm. The rafters and supports were shattered into thousands of pieces. The cupola was to be... Full story

 

LONG RANGE By C. J. Box

"Long Range" is number 20 in the Joe Pickett series by C. J. Box. Joe Pickett is a Wyoming Fish and Game warden stationed in Twelve Sleep County. At the beginning of "Long Range," Joe finds himself... Full story

 

Let's Keep the Tent Big and the Door Open

By ALLAN J. BASSLER Publisher I had two calls last week that got me thinking. One person was upset that the Herald is publishing articles in Spanish. She didn’t accept my explanation that the Herald is publishing information about the coronavirus t...

 

Gov. Wolf's May 11 Remarks on Staying the Course, Following the Law

Editor’s Note: The Herald believes in letting people speak for themselves, in their own voices. This applies to residents of the Cove and elected officials whose decisions can affect the Cove. Whether we agree or disagree with the words being...

 

A Warning to All

To the Editor: Thank you for keeping us updated with statistics on the coronavirus pandemic. I believe this coronavirus is a warning to all of us. A warning for unbelievers to get saved, because the tribulation will be much worse than any virus!...

 

'The Wall that Heals' Coming to Bedford

To the Editor: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is still on schedule to bring “The Wall That Heals” to Bedford County beginning with the escort on July 21. The county is still in need of volunteers to serve as ambassadors and for people to...

 

The Red Lotus" By Chris Bohjalian

It was ironic that I started this book right before the statewide order that shut down our public library along with so many other local businesses. The irony came from the fact that this thriller is...

 
 By Dave Scott Jr.    Opinion    May 7, 2020

Knowledge is the Foundation

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life,...

 

Letters to the Editor

Are We Trading Freedom for Security? To the Editor: In a republic government, the powers come from the people – directly or indirectly. Putting safety measures in place during a crisis makes sense in the short term, but using said crisis mandates...

 

Why the Articles in Spanish?

About a month ago, the Herald started publishing two articles per week in Spanish. We’ve gotten several calls and notes about the articles. Most of them, about 90 percent, have been congratulatory and supportive. A few have not. So I’m taking...

 

Lost Boy Found By Kirsten Alexander

A wealthy family spending the summer at their lake house discovers their young child, Sonny, is missing. Despite an extensive search, he cannot be found. His mysterious disappearance makes front-page...

 

Reader 'Disappointed' in Letter to Editor

To the Editor: I was so disappointed to read the letter to the editor from James E. Wentz. His disrespectful comments concerning President Trump, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Congressman John Joyce reflected poorly on his service as a sailor. I have...

 

Spanish Articles in the Herald are Appropriate for the Community

To the Editor: Maybe I'm going blind in my old age, but I don't recall having seen Spanish language versions of Cove news until the April 16, 2020, edition. Good for you and for our next-door neighbors, who have been ignored far too long. How are...

 

Taylor Township Supervisor Offers Criticism of Office Expenses; Other Two Supervisors Respond

Editor’s Note: The Herald received the following letter from Bill Replogle, who is a Taylor Township supervisor. This letter contains criticisms of township personnel and personnel policies. Because this is an important matter brought to the...

 

Coronavirus is Still With Us

Last month, Publisher Allan Bassler asked if I was sure that I did not want to write about coronavirus. I said, "No, because I am pretty certain it will still be around in April." Unfortunately, I...

 

Books to Borrow Martinsburg Public Library Recommends

We've all heard of George Washington and Betsy Ross. We all know the importance that Pennsylvania, and specifically Philadelphia, played in the war for independence. Joe Farrell, Lawrence Knorr and Jo...

 

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