Opinion

Pensions require close look

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s two public pension systems received a wake-up call on Dec. 20, delivered by a review commission in a 400-page report. What’s clear from the report is that, if the two pension funds don’t respond appropriately, the funds risk increasingly shaky times. Fortunately, they ...

Let’s build each other up, instead of tearing each other down

Editorials

Our world in 2019 is dominated by cellphones, social media, and a pace of life that seems more complicated and faster than ever. Technological advances allow us to communicate more than ever before. But sometimes it looks like we communicate less than ever before. Our social media ...

Thank you for outpouring of generosity, kindness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With yet another holiday season behind us, the employees of Mifflin County Children and Youth would like to once again recognize the tremendous outpouring of generosity and kindness by many thoughtful individuals, churches, and businesses for helping to provide many children ...

The cuss police

Local Columns

Listen Up! Just because you’ve designated yourself Chief of the Mifflin County Cuss Police, that doesn’t give you the right to take out library books, use your thick tip, permanent, Sharpie marker and cross out all the swear books throughout the ENTIRE book. Oh no, not just a few but EVERY ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

Local Columns

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call 717-436-6378 to have a ...

Shooting of officer starkly defines an unnecessary crisis

Editorials

The problem does not get any more starkly defined than this. Newman, Calif., police officer Ronil Singh, a legal immigrant, was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant the day after Christmas during a traffic stop for alleged drunken driving. The suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, had a track ...

When politics is weaponized, our democracy suffers

Editorials

As our nation moves from last year into this one, there is an understandable amount of trepidation for its future. We seem divided at every turn, whether it be the worthiness of a Supreme Court nominee, how and whether to protect our borders or determining the length and depth of our military ...

Do your part to make 2019 positive

Editorials

On the subject of New Year’s resolutions, central Pennsylvania is like anywhere else in America. Many people will make resolutions — some of them frivolous, but some very meaningful. Some of those resolutions will fall by the wayside quickly, others will remain intact for several months ...

Be smart when celebrating the arrival of 2019 tonight

Editorials

To say 2018 has been an eventful year would be an understatement to say the least. We don’t yet know what 2019 has in store for us, but we do know that many of you will ring in the new year tonight with some sort of celebration, be that at one of local community events, at a private party or ...

Enthusiasm overrides judgement

Local Columns

This seems to be the time of the year when we spend time reviewing (and maybe even evaluating) our actions and decisions over the past year. It is a good thing to do this, especially if you’re like me, and set goals for each new year. Sometimes our choices are painful, while others have us ...