Opinion

Way to turn IS recruiting tactics against them is sorely needed

Editorials

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightly injured three other people on ...

Thank you for generous recent donation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We, the Friends of the Mifflin County Library, would like to express our thanks for the generous donation made to us by the Third Annual Empire Kosher Charity Golf Classic held recently. To sponsor such an event takes a great deal of work and effort by Empire Kosher, so we ...

An iceberg experience can be a real eye-opener

Local Columns

Glaciologists, scientists who study ice, long ago discovered that icebergs can be 50 to 100 times as large under the surface of the water than what we see above the water. Hence the term, “tip of the iceberg.” Last week I had the most amazing experience that clearly demonstrated that what ...

Eliminating AMT is right thing to do for middle class taxpayers

Editorials

Among flaws in the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill that should be corrected before a tax package becomes law is the alternative minimum tax. It is among the most unpopular provisions of tax law. In effect, the AMT was designed to take a second look at people who complete their tax returns, ...

Great resource is available for Medicare information

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am going to be 65 years old and I’ve been reading the piles of information I receive about Medicare. I’ve read the Medicare 2018 book several times to be certain I understood how to go about making the best choices for me. There are so many choices and all have different ...

Rebuilding Navy is fitting way to honor survivors of Pearl Harbor

Editorials

Uppermost in the minds of the fewer than two dozen men who were special guests in solemn ceremonies last Thursday in Hawaii probably were comrades in arms who are with us no longer. The men were among the few survivors of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor who were able to attend ceremonies on the ...

Right now, GOP is party of Donald Trump, Roy Moore

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am simply amazed at the hypocrisy of the Dec. 9 Sentinel editorial on sexual harassment. Who do they point to as guilty of these offenses? Democrat Sen. Al Franken, Democrat representative John Conyers, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and NBC’s Matt Lauer — democrats, ...

Support for victim is great, but more must be done to stop bullying

Editorials

By now, at least if you are active at all on social media websites like Facebook or Twitter, you’ve likely seen a viral video of a middle-school boy from Tennessee tearfully recounting how he has been bullied at school. The video, which has been viewed more than 18 million times as of this ...

Lobbyists’ double dipping must be put to a stop

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: According to a recent Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, the campaign arm of a powerful Harrisburg lobbying firm has helped to elect or re-elect a third of the Republicans who now dominate the Pennsylvania Senate. Across the Capitol in the House, the campaign offshoot of another ...

The debate of degrees vs. trades

Editorials

We have been hearing it for years — four-year college degrees are the end-all, be-all of higher education. But, in fact, can do more harm than good to students who later graduate with a mountain of debt and not much to offer a potential employer. In our neighboring state of West Virginia, ...