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 By Kelly Baker    Opinion    January 23, 2020 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

A long, long time ago, I asked a high school wrestler if he could hear people cheering for him while he wrestled. "No," he said, "the only person I can hear is Coach." Not being any sort of athlete...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Acts 22:24-25 Acts 22:26-29 St. John 16:31-33 Hebrews 12:1-3 Acts 21:37-40 Acts 16:35-39 Philippians 2:12-18 It seems Paul's whole life is filled with troubles and sorrows,...

 

An Open Letter to Rep. John Joyce

On Jan. 9, 2020, U.S. Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13), released the following statement opposing the House Democrats’ War Powers Resolution: “The Iranian Regime is no friend of the United States. Attempting to strip our Commander-in-Chief...

 

THE BOOK OF GENERAL IGNORANCE Everything You Think You Know Is Wrong By John Lloyd & John Mitchinson

Non Fiction can be fun! Misconceptions, misunderstandings, and flawed facts finally get the heave-ho in this humorous, downright humiliating book of "reeducation". Challenging what most of us assume...

 

4-H Supplies Valuable Life Lessons

In the mid 1940s, 4-H came to Bedford County. A very young John Holbert was the Penn State Extension agent. There were activities for both genders but males predominated the showing of animals at the...

 

Without Civil Rights, We Have No Civil Liberties

“Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.” – Thomas Jefferson Protection of civil liberties and civil rights is the most fundamental of all political values in American society. Yet it is hard to imagine that...

 

Public Notices

Executrix Notice Notice is hereby given that Letters of Testamentary have been granted by the Register of Wills of Blair County, Pennsylvania, upon the Estate of David C. Gorman, late of Roaring Spring, Blair County, PA, deceased. All persons indebte...

 
 By Wayne Bush    Opinion    January 16, 2020

How Did We Get Here?

Impeachment update: For those who may not be able to stomach the constant, three-years-long-now obsession to undo the 2016 election ... here's the latest: On Dec. 18, the Democrat-controlled U.S....

 

Commissioners Must Continue Cohesiveness of Previous Board

On Monday, Jan. 6, Blair County swore in two new commissioners and one incumbent. Republican Amy Webster and Democrat Laura Burke joined second-term Commissioner Bruce Erb at the table to begin four years of leading county government. Once again the...

 

The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

Libby Jones. She's an ordinary young woman working the ordinary mundane job living in the typical ordinary apartment. Libby knew she was adopted and had a decent life with her adoptive family....

 

Opinion: Pa. Has Been Misinformed About 'Speeding'

The Pennsylvania legislature is considering legislation that is anti-safety and anti-driver, the Speed Trap Bill SB 607. This bill is part of the enforcement-for-profit-not-safety racket that has infected Harrisburg: their desire to give radar to mun...

 

Every Act is For Personal Gain

To the Editor: Born during the Truman Administration, I grew up under Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, politically active but unsure about either party. In the ensuing half century, I've seen flaws in each of our presidents, but ultimately believ...

 

Lines by Lee

In my previous column I discussed how every day is a holy day and should be seen as a gift from God. We should be grateful for each day we wake up and can work, play, help others and worship the Lord....

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Acts 21:37-40 Acts 22:1-3 Acts 22:4-11 Acts 22:12-21 Acts 22:22-23 St. Matthew 7:1-6 St. Matthew 23:33-39 Way back on Nov. 21 I said: "We will pick up this portion of Scripture...

 

Opinion: Pa. Has Been Misinformed About 'Speeding'

The Pennsylvania legislature is considering legislation that is anti-safety and anti-driver, the Speed Trap Bill SB 607. This bill is part of theenforcement-for-profit-not-safety racket that has infected Harrisburg: their desire to give radar to...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Born during the Truman Administration, I grew up under Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, politically active but unsure about either party. In the ensuing half century, I've seen flaws in each of our presidents, but ultimately believ...

 

Opinion

Your life is a valuable gift, a gift from God to you. Your life should be cherished and protected. God has acted in a wonderful way to create you, to create all of us-each and every person. In some magnificent way, God created you in His own image...

 
 By Kelly Baker    Opinion    January 9, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

Exciting news: this year for Christmas, I got a new Bible! This probably doesn't sound quite as exciting to you, but it makes the Bible nerd in me giddy with joy. It was the only thing that I really,...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Proverbs 3:5:8 Romans 8:26-28 Romans8:25-39 St. John 14:1-6 Philippians 1:18-22 Philippians 3:8-14 I Corinthians 15:50-57 I am writing this on Thanksgiving Day. I am thankful. We...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I read with interest the column in the Jan. 2, 2020, edition of your fine weekly newspaper. (I look forward to reading it every week.) Columnist Dave Scott Jr., in a somewhat sarcastic tone, asked legitimate questions about a locally d...

 

In Praise of Competence

By LEE H. HAMILTON Not long ago, I was in a meeting to talk about a public policy issue. It was a little complex, and as we considered the various angles I began to think about what it would take to translate talk into change on the ground. I...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

By SHERYL HART Williamsburg Area Public Library Thanks to the generosity of the Williamsburg Lions Club, our library can offer a wide variety of large print editions of bestsellers, non-fiction and...

 
 By Dave Lemery    Opinion    January 9, 2020

Pa. Turnpike Toll Hikes Drag On Economy While Doing Little About $13 Billion Debt

Pity the commuter or trucker who must steer his or her vehicle onto the Pennsylvania Turnpike to get to work each day – the toll rates that critics say are already exorbitant are about to get even worse. Reeling under massive debt payments that...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Library Recommends

By SHERYL HART Williamsburg Area Public Library Did you know the library has a large selection of paperbacks of many genres? Sometimes there are occasions when we all need reading material for...

 

Making Plans?

A new year means making resolutions, those weak promises you make to yourself that you have no intention of keeping. You're probably not going to exercise more, or lose the weight, or watch less TV,...

 

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I held my tongue throughout the month of December as comments filled TV, the internet and newspapers claiming that Mary, Joseph and Jesus were refugees, comparing them to the Syrian crisis and the influx of illegals crossing our border...

 

Lines by Lee

The ball has dropped in New York. The confetti is cleaned up. Folks who drank too much are finally feeling better. Most unwanted Christmas gifts have been returned. Very few Christmas trees or light...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Romans 5:8 Romans 6:23 Isaiah 7:14 St. John 1:1-5 & 12 St. Matthew 7:28-29 Daniel 3:20-25 Revelation 5:11-13 "Why do you suppose adults don't play with 'Jack-In-The-Boxes'"?...

 

Traditions Change as the Years Pass

Much as we would like to think that holiday traditions are the things we do every year, they really aren't. Our traditions do a constant metamorphosis. The very best Christmases of most of our lives a...

 

Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

Insider's Guide to Quality, Affordable Healthcare: Practical Strategies to Navigate our Complex System and Save Money By Lawrence Lazarus, MD and Jeffrey Foster, MD These two seasoned doctors have...

 

Letter: The President is Not Above the Law

To the Editor: Pity poor, pathetic Donald Trump. The man has been a fraud and a cheat for his entire life but has always managed to avoid paying the consequences for his serial lawlessness. Oh, sure, there were the $2 million fine he paid for misusin...

 

Not Your Typical Church Lady

Many years ago my husband gave me a 3,000-piece puzzle of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" for Christmas. Excited, undaunted, and armed with clueless naivety, I immediately began the task of...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Luke 1:46-56 St. Luke 2:1-7 St. Luke 2:8-12 St. Luke 2:13-14 St. Luke 2:15-20 Galatians 4:4-7 Revelation 4:11 & 5:11-14 Vance Havner, a well-know gospel preacher of...

 

Trump Courts, For Decades

Let's review, shall we ... we were told that Donald J. Trump would never get the nomination, that he would never win the election, that the stock market would crash when he took office, that he...

 

Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

The Line Between By Tosca Lee Wynter Roth was 7 years old when her mother took her and her sister, Jaclyn, to the New Earth Enclave. There they were required to give up all their worldly things. The...

 

Lines by Lee

I am not one of those parents. For years proud parents have sent out Christmas letters (or posts) with updates on their family and all the accomplishments of their children. My sons are fine young...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: St. Luke 1:26-38 St. Luke 1:39-45 St. Luke 1:46-56 Isaiah 7:14 & 9:2-7 St. Matthew 1:18-25 Philippians 2:5-11 St. Luke 2:25-38 Our second couple is not yet married when we...

 

Sesame Street Saved My Young Mind – Now We Need To Save It

When I grew up in the 1970s, my father often sat in an alcoholic or drug-induced stupor. When he was left in charge, the TV served as the “adult” in the room for us. As a toddler, I thought of Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie,...

 

How Do We Keep Our Democracy Healthy?

Representative democracy is based on a simple premise. It’s that ordinary citizens can make satisfactory judgments on complex public policy and political issues – or at least grasp them well enough to decide who should be dealing with them. But...

 

Adopted

"But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will...

 

Two Couples

Scriptures to Read: St. Luke 1:5-10 St. Luke 1:11-17 St. Luke 1:18-25 St. Luke 1:39-45 St. Luke 1:57-66 St. Luke 1:67-80 St. Luke 3:2-20 Two couples figure very prominently in the Christmas story. I'd...

 

Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

“The Dark Side” is the latest novel from Danielle Steel and is a classic love story with a major twist. While out of character from what we typically expect when picking up Danielle Steel, her take on a modern day psychological thriller is not to...

 

Po's Peek at the Past

Thomas Wolfe once proclaimed, "You can't go home again." And, to be frank, I've always felt that he was mistaken. If you've ever logged on to my site, you can plainly read my thoughts on that matter....

 

Ink Splatters

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Daryl Albright of Roaring Spring on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. Daryl worked at the Morrisons Cove Herald from 2002 to 2011 as a van driver and newsstand delivery person. His job was to pick up the bundles of printe...

 

Why Trust Matters

To me, it was a thunderclap. Years ago, when I was in Congress, we were in the midst of a tense, contentious debate. Members had gotten irritated, levying charges back and forth, and tempers were rising. It was starting to look like we might just go...

 

It's All Greek To Me

It is a sickness which somehow comes with every tyranny: to place no trust in friends. – Aeschylus, "Prometheus Bound" Maybe it was a case of too much feasting during the Thanksgiving break. It...

 

Books to Borrow Claysburg Area Public Library Recommends

All Manner of Things By Susie Finkbeiner When Annie Jacobson's brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If an...

 

No Place in the World Anymore

My dad is a carpenter who is approaching the door to his 60s. He is the last of a dying breed. Every morning he gets up before dawn, around 4 o’clock when most are still sleeping. He goes about his routine, packs his sandwich and chips like he has...

 

Lines by Lee

It is Christmas time in the city and the Cove. It seems like each year the season begins sooner. If the proper focus is on the Christmas holiday it is not necessarily a bad thing that we think of...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to Read: Genesis 3:1-7 Genesis 3:8-13 Genesis 3:14-15 & Romans 16:20 Genesis 3:15-19 Isaiah 7:14 & 9:2-7 Genesis 17:1-9 Genesis 22:1-14 We generally observe Christmas on Dec. 25. Of...

 

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