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Rolling Back Emissions Standards is Not Good for the Country

My saddest life experience was watching my mother on oxygen the last seven years of her life, struggling for breath from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). After developing asthma, I was more than alarmed this week when the federal...

 

Letters to the Editor

What is ‘Flitting Day’? To the Editor: I enjoy reading your Opinion Page, which includes news clips from as far back as 125 years. On April 9, 1920, your clip said: “Thursday of last week was moving day …” As I read on, it seemed to...

 

THE DARK CORNERS OF THE NIGHT By Meg Gardiner

There is a serial killer on the loose in Los Angeles who is targeting families. The unsub (“unknown subject”) states he is the Legion of the Night and becomes know as The Midnight Man. He steals...

 

Finger Licking ... Bad

Editor's Note: This column was originally published in the Herald edition of Feb. 21, 2013. The Herald agreed with Mr. Bush to republish it because the content is newly relevant. As hot as this topic...

 

Fear, Grief and Recovery

As a social worker who has worked 40 years with medical and educational problems in public institutions, I am observing the coronavirus, the diverse responses to it, and the conflicts which are evolving personally and socially. I see that we are in...

 

How Often Do We Thank a Farmer?

To the Editor: I sit here, thinking of all the service people we have to thank – doctors, nurses, paramedics, police, firemen – I could go on. How often do we thank a farmer? Every time we sit down at our dinner table, everything we put in our...

 

Reader Requests Basic Virus News Updates

To the Editor, We want to thank you for doing a good job covering the local news such as cancellations and restrictions concerning the current COVID-19 pandemic. We were disappointed, however, when we read the March 26 edition. You must surely be...

 

Thank a Healthcare Hero

As we continue to fight COVID-19, it has been so encouraging to see the outpouring of support from our community for Conemaugh Nason Medical Center. We always strive to be a place where you choose to come for health care, and we take our...

 

Sarah Journeys West: An Oregon Trail Survival Story By NIKKI SHANNON SMITH

Sarah is a 12-year-old girl living in Iowa in 1851 while the California Gold Rush is in full swing. News that one of the neighbors is heading west with his son, leaving behind his wife and daughter,...

 

So Many to Thank … Don't Forget Local Government

Pennsylvania Local Government Week is April 6-10, and we can think of no better time to recognize our townships, which are on the front lines of making sure life goes on as smoothly and safely as possible in their communities during the COVID-19...

 

The 'Idiot Circus'

To the Editor: A misleader, standing with a bunch of sycophants, who found themselves trying to cover for President Trump’s misstatements and stupidity. Trying to put lipstick on a pig by suggesting things aren’t as bad as they seem. A sampling...

 

GOLDEN IN DEATH By J. D. Robb

This is the 50th book of the "In Death" urban fantasy series, by J.D. Robb. This futuristic series takes place in the year 2061 and features Police Lt. Eve Dallas and her partner, Detective Delia Peab...

 

Don't Panic! Plan Ahead.

"These are the times that try men's souls." That famous line, first published at Christmas 1776, opens the first of a series of essays collected under the title "The Crisis" that author Thomas Paine...

 

Keeping Democracy Healthy ... Locally

By I feel compelled to respond to Lee Hamilton’s piece entitled “How do We Keep Our Democracy Healthy?” (Print edition, Herald of Dec. 19, 2019) because this is an area in which I have taken great interest for over two decades. This isn’t an...

 

NFIB Statement on Small Businesses Being Shut Out of Paycheck Protection Program Loans

The NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, on April 3 issued the following statement from NFIB President Brad Close in response to the rollout of the Paycheck Protection Program loans: “We are hearing from far too many...

 

Voting by Mail is No Longer the Exception

By STATE SEN. WAYNE FONTANA D-Allegheny County As this frightening pandemic affects every facet of our lives, more and more citizens are doing what they can to keep safe by staying at home, practicing social distancing and keeping in touch with other...

 

So Many to Thank … Don't Forget Local Government

By DAVID M. SANKO Executive Director Pa. State Association of Township Supervisors Pennsylvania Local Government Week is April 6-10, and we can think of no better time to recognize our townships, which are on the front lines of making sure life goes...

 

Blindside By James Patterson

"Blindside" is the 12th book in James Patterson's Michael Bennett series. Bennett is a New York police detective. He is a widower with 10 adopted children and a grandfather who, in his later years,...

 

Medicare For All Would Not Be Free

I am getting a little tired of clamoring for “Medicare for All” as though it is free. Medicare is NOT FREE! We paid into a Medicare program for many years. For me, that was a long time, as I worked until I was 74. Now that we get Social Security...

 

Please. Stop Panic Buying.

By ALLAN J. BASSLER Publisher Can we please stop panic buying? My daughter Helena and I were making the rounds last week, just as the first “quit going anywhere” order came down. We were looking for some basics for the weekend ahead: Milk,...

 

Coronavirus: It's Not About You

It's impossible to get away from news about the Coronavirus and Covid-19 these days. But strangely enough as we are immersed in information, reliable information is still hard to find. For example, some information is circulating on social media...

 

President Trump Has Turned 180 Degrees on the Coronavirus

To the Editor: My wife and I were recently riding in our car when the daily White House briefing on the Covid-19 virus came on. I turned it off but she made me turn it back on. What I heard was a stunning and frighteningly ignorant performance by... Full story

 
 By Wayne Bush    Opinion    March 19, 2020

Same ol', Same ol'

During a recent social media debate, a Trump hater threw out some of the same ol' talking points that I always hear. Allow me to address some of them. Trump lies all the time. I hear this one a lot...

 

SOLD ON A MONDAY By Kristina McMorris

"August 1931 – It was their eyes that first drew Ellis in. Seated on the front porch of a weathered gray farmhouse, among the few homes lining the road surrounded by hayfields, two boys were...

 
 By BRAD SIMPSON    Opinion    March 19, 2020

It's Your Government. Demand Openness.

Most of us prefer sunshine. It’s rare to hear someone say, “That was a nice, cloudy day.” We’re invigorated by a glorious sunrise and spend hours outdoors on brilliantly sunny days. As John Denver so succinctly sang, “Sunshine on my...

 

The Starless Sea By Erin Morgenstern

"A boy at the beginning of the story has no way of knowing that the story has begun." From New York Times bestselling author Erin Morgenstern comes a timeless tale. A love story, a fairy tale, an...

 

These Issues Demand That America Awaken And Repent

I must take issue with some of the statements made in Paul Politis’ letter to the editor (Herald of Feb. 27, 2020). First of all, the statement that “virtually every impartial legal scholar concluded that the president was guilty and the...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

How many times have you read a book, really liked it and then discovered it is part of a series? Now you are hooked. Libraries are the place to come to find the rest of the books in a series, both...

 

Batting Cleanup

There are a lot of words that people use to describe me. Some of my recent favorites are: annoying, condescending, moronic, irritating, clueless, and idiotic. I've been told that I drive people up...

 

Target and Stop Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is commonly thought of as a global human rights issue that disproportionately affects international migrants and impoverished people in developing countries. But the reality is that human trafficking affects individuals, families...

 

Smart Phones Are Fine In Moderation

This is the year most 1958 high-school graduates become octogenarians. With those eight decades of living comes wisdom. Most of us now know, everything In moderation and we will be fine. We have...

 

FIRST WOMEN The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies By Kate Anderson Brower

In her introduction, the author quotes from a letter written by a lady from Texas to First Lady Betty Ford, "Your are constitutionally required to be perfect." Lady Bird Johnson said a first lady need...

 

Whatever Happened to Him?

I received a note from loyal Herald reader Linda Cope this week. She wrote, In reading the “75 years Ago” section in the Feb. 22, 2020 edition, a question came to mind after reading of Norbert Rhodes, who in 1945 wrote a letter from his POW...

 

The Andromeda Evolution By Daniel H. Wilson

A missed warning sign. One little dot. Gigantic consequences. Fifty years after the original Andromeda outbreak killed nearly every living person in Piedmont, Arizona, something new appears, this...

 

Pandering to Criminals and Illegals

"I'm famous! I take $200, $300 a day of your money, cracker! You can't stop me! Bail reform, it's lit! It's the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can't touch me! I...

 

Trouble in the News Industry

You might have heard that the company that owns the Centre Daily Times, of State College, Pa., has filed for a reorganization bankruptcy. The Centre Daily Times is owned by the McClatchy Company. According to wikipedia.com, McClatchy is an American...

 

Almond Milk is Not Milk

To the Editor: Artificial milk (almond juice) is not good for the environment. According to Cranfield University (U.K.), to produce almond juice (so-called milk) it takes "blue water" to produce the fake stuff. Blue water is water collected for...

 

Trump Disrespected the National Anthem

To the Editor: By now, many of you have seen the video clip of President Trump and Melania at Mar-a-Lago on Feb. 2, 2020, preparing to watch the Super Bowl with a group of people. While the National Anthem is being played, Trump is mugging for the...

 

Taxation by Citation

To the Editor: The Pennsylvania legislature is desperate for new sources of revenue. They know that everyone has to drive. They know that speed limits are under-posted by 8 to 16 MPH 90 percent of the time. They know that the posted limits de facto...

 

Vaping, A National Epidemic

The FDA has declared the practice of vaping a national epidemic, and I agree. As a practicing pulmonologist, I have seen the devastating and long-term effects of tobacco smoking. E-cigarettes or vaping devices were introduced to the U.S. market in...

 

MRS. LEE AND MRS. GRAY By Dorothy Love

"There was a time when Arlington was a magical place, enchanted and inviolate, the place where all that was beautiful in my world began." So wrote Mary Custis Lee near the end of her life. Mary was...

 

All You Need is Love

“When it’s time for souls to meet, there’s nothing on earth that can prevent them from meeting …” - J. Lichauco Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. For some it is just another day. But for hopeless romantics (myself included) it’s a day...

 

The Times They Are A-Changin'

My grandfather was a real stick-in-the-mud. To him, everything new was worthy of one of his classic frowns. He was always distrustful of anything that signified a veering away from his beloved status...

 

Creating Welcoming Communities

By GLADYS GODINEZ Community Organizer and JORDAN FEYERHERM Project Associate Center for Rural Affairs Across rural America, demographics are changing, and community leaders are redefining what makes their small towns successful and vibrant....

 

Thank You, Cove, For an Amazing Two Years

After two years, and I can honestly say they have been the best two years of my professional life, it is time for me to say goodbye to the Herald. I freely admit that before I started working here, I didn’t know much about the Herald. I knew it...

 

MC Memorial Park Reviews 2019 Season

Season’s Greetings from Morrisons Cove Memorial Park: In our annual Christmas letter to the Cove, we would like to take a moment to look back at our accomplishments this past year and let our community know our plans going forward for the...

 
 By JOHN KASUN    Opinion    January 30, 2020

What You Smell Is Rotten Politics In The Courthouse

I read with amusement the opinion of Rick Boston, staff writer, in the Jan. 16, 2020, edition of the Morrisons Cove Herald. Boston's column stressed the required cohesiveness of the Blair County Board of Commissioners moving forward and the need for...

 

Books to Borrow Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

Donated in memory of Delores "Dee" Verbonitz, this cookbook is all about gathering people together over food. Anyone who knew Dee, knew she was always cooking a big meal for her family. When she...

 
 By Ad Crable    Opinion    January 30, 2020

Pa Sets Lofty Goals For Climate Action, But Can It Achieve Them?

Pennsylvania, which ranks fourth in the nation in its emissions of climate-altering carbon dioxide, took a much bolder stance in addressing climate change in 2019, at least in words. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled four separate actions aimed at...

 

Your Effort Matters in This Election

To the Editor: In this critical election year, the most important work is done at the local level by your local political party. This grassroots organization will determine how well the ground game is organized, the preparation and recruitment of...

 

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