Lawmakers need to prioritize child-abuse epidemic


An article in Tuesday’s Altoona Mirror “State sees jump in child abuse cases”— a big jump — included mention of Pennsylvania lawmakers’ positive — albeit reactive, rather than proactive — efforts to pass legislation responding to headline-making abuse cases. Yet sooner, rather ...

Worldview shapes one’s thoughts on abortion

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Several weeks ago, George Fisher commented on my Sept. 23 letter to the editor addressing the recent spotlight on State Heartbeat Laws across the nation, the determination of when life begins, and public opinions on abortion. First, I would like to thank the Lewistown Sentinel ...

When are secrets not secret?

Local Columns

“Three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead.” — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Earlier this month, President George W. Bush’s torture regime reared its head in an unusual argument before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2002, Abu Zubaydah was captured by a militia in Pakistan ...

Seniors should be prioritized


An Associated Press article last week indicated policymakers’ opinion that the 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment that millions of retirees on Social Security will be receiving next year is a safeguard to protect Social Security benefits against the loss of purchasing power, not a pay bump ...

Trump wasn’t perfect but Biden is terrible

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is a rebuttal to Mrs. Loewen’s Wednesday’s October 5th Sentinel claim of my prior letter’s lack of reality. Never did I claim Trump was perfect nor his policies. It was a comparison between a competent President and incompetent President. No one is perfect. Mrs. ...

Progressives vs. independent contractors

Local Columns

Despite being a politician all his life, and never having worked in a blue-collar job, President Joe Biden declared, “I’m a union man,” when he announced his presidential campaign at a Teamsters union hall in Pittsburgh in April 2019. What our president really loves is big government ...