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An open letter to Gov. Tom Wolf

March 17, 2016 Dear Governor Wolf, I was sitting around a bonfire roasting hot dogs with a group of youth when someone asked the dreaded question: “What’s in these?” As a camp counselor for children ages 7-18, I... more »»

Wolf’s proposed budget aims to close 160 brick-and-mortar charter schools

March 16, 2016 Supporters of public school choice next year will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Charter School Law. more »»

A funny thing happened in the toothpaste aisle

March 5, 2016 When I worked at the state library agency in Georgia, I traveled throughout the state consulting with library directors, Boards of Trustees, Friends groups and library staff. more »»

No habla español

February 27, 2016 There I was, waiting for the elevator to take me down to the staff room to heat my lunch when I overheard (no, I wasn’t eavesdropping) one customer say to another, “I don’t know why the library... more »»

Gov. Wolf has not considered commonsense budget solutions

February 20, 2016 Last week, Governor Wolf claimed that the current $. more »»

My feet hurt and gamma rays

February 20, 2016 Just a few minutes ago my computer dinged, indicating I had a new electronic mail message. more »»

Who shovels what, when?

February 13, 2016 Yes ma’am, I know there are no parking spaces. It’s because of the snow ... Yes, our sidewalks are icy. more »»

A day in the life ...

February 6, 2016 I was really eager about coming to work. I checked my calendar and had only one meeting scheduled for the day. more »»

Kids don’t care how Barbie looks

February 5, 2016 A 5-foot, 9-inch blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman, the queen of Arendelle and a 3-foot-tall pink-haired girl walk into a house. more »»

No, we can’t give tax advice

January 30, 2016 Beginning on or about January 10 of each year my nightly prayers begin with: Dear God, It is tax season AGAI. more »»

To tax or not to tax? That is the question facing Pennsylvania

January 23, 2016 To tax you more or to hold the line on spending? That has been the question before the Pennsylvania Legislature since Go. more »»

Cold morning… chaotic mind …

January 16, 2016 It was a cold, gray, windy morning as I hurried through the Narrows, as always, just a little late, one eye on the speedometer and the other eye watching for my favorite state trooper and his radar... more »»

Governor needs to end budget games

January 15, 2016 I felt compelled to write this in order to clear up any remaining confusion about the 2015-16 state budget, which was signed into law on Dec. 29. That’s right; we have a budget currently in place. more »»

Pa. first lady: We owe it to our kids

January 14, 2016 Last month my husband received a budget from the state legislature that falls woefully short of the commitment we have to properly fund our public schools. more »»

Congress’ recent tax bill a good start

December 29, 2015 Surprisingly, Congress’s $680 billion holiday-season tax deal will bring some cheer to working families and not just to big corporations this year. more »»

Budget impasse justifies worries at area libraries

December 26, 2015 I am, by nature, a worrier and fretter. I worry about things I think I cannot change. I fret about decisions that are, somewhat, in my control. more »»

Open Line

December 26, 2015 Editor’s note: Comments published in the Open Line reflect the views of the caller, and not The Sentinel. more »»

The best presents

December 19, 2015 Books, as well as newspaper and magazine subscriptions make the BEST presents! And here is how I know this to be the truth. more »»

Dear Santa

December 12, 2015 The staff of the Mifflin and Juniata county libraries have been very good boys and girls this year ... well, most of us have been good ... OK, some of us have been good .. more »»

Balance must be struck between national security and compassion

December 11, 2015 A photo of a little boy lying face down on a Turkish beach. His cheek resting against the sand as if he were sleeping, except for the waves rushing to meet him. more »»



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