Local Columns

As bad as puppy mills: PETA’s ‘Rumor’ mill regarding breeders

Rumor has it that dog breeders and puppy mills are preparing to churn out German shepherd puppies and cash in on a breed craze created by the results of the recent Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. At least, that’s what PETA says. After a German shepherd named Rumor won Best in Show ...

Series books

I am always cogitating and mulling over topics for this column and have been considering writing about series books. Some series books share a common setting or characters and can be stand alone reads (you don’t have to read them in any particular order). Other series build one book upon the ...

Library Lovers’ Month

When my nephew Joseph was just a little tyke I gave him a sentimental book in which a mother professed her love to/for her baby. Each page of this picture book expressed the depth/breadth of the mother’s deep feelings. “I love you with all my heart ... “I love you morning, noon and ...

Rules, deadlines set for local election-based opinion content

Regardless of what Punxsutawney Phil would have us believe, spring is quickly approaching, which means it’s election season, and this year, there are several local offices on the ballot for the May 16 primary. And as anyone who has read our opinion page around past elections can tell ...

Dream or nightmare?

It must be mid to late January because my not-so-nice friend Virus Bug, VB for short, came to visit. Every year I hope he will decide to vacation on a warm, tropical deserted island far away from here. Perhaps it’s because I am such a gracious, generous, hospitable and accommodating host that ...

Guess what time it is?

Guess what time it is? It’s Howdy Doody time ... It’s Howdy Doody time ... Oh wait, that’s not right. Let’s start again. Guess what time it is in Libraryland? It’s annual report time. At the Mifflin and Juniata County libraries we produce two different annual reports. Our ...

Decisions, decisions

You know I love my job, right? You know I hate winter, right? What happens when loving my job and hating winter clash into each other? I get a headache and am filled with a lot of self-doubt about decisions I have to make. I’ve had a headache for a week now! To close or not to close? To ...

TLC and gray hair

There are days when somebody needs to save me from myself! Boy, did I have a day last week and thankfully more than one somebody jumped to the rescue and I only have a few more gray hairs rather than turning completely white and melting into a sobbing puddle in the middle of my office. Since ...

Make healthy resolutions that stick

For whatever reason, when the New Year rolls around you can be sure people will be making resolutions. Generally these revolve around health, either eating better, exercising, stopping smoking, losing weight or many others. Unfortunately, most of our good intentions fall by the wayside ...

A millenial perspective on Roe v. Wade

Jessica Resuta is a young woman with a clear talent for holding and engaging the interest of an audience with her captivating speaking style. She is a promising member of the Class of ’17 — students who have never known a time when abortion was not legal. And yet, Jessica opposes the 1973 ...