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Editorials

Is tax bill perfect? No, but it would be a win for families in middle class

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Thanksgiving is time to ‘play nice’ in Open Line

Over the past couple years, when we get to certain times of the year, we opt to boot the negativity out of the Open Line in an effort to get in the spirit of days like Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. This year will be no different — at least at first. What I mean by that is beginning with ...

Zimbabwe coup will not bring US interference

U.S. officials have taken the traditional stance regarding this week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what ...

Nightmare never ends at PSU

While employed at Penn State, former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, despite his lofty athletic position, was but a speck within the massive university community. But what he has cost the school over the past six years monetarily, as well as to the university’s image and ...

Social media to blame for teen suicide?

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Any reform that raises taxes of middle class is not worth having

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Making the best of a bad situation

If we had to take a guess, we’re betting no one enjoys traffic tickets — certainly not those receiving them and probably not officers who are writing them, who would likely rather do more important things than lecture already-perturbed people for 20 minutes about why the speed limit isn’t ...

Changes in Greek life are needed sooner than later

Special to The Sentinel The senseless death of a Penn State University fraternity pledge in February, reported nationwide, should have made every fraternity and sorority — at every college and university across America — stop and think about their activities and conduct, going forward. ...

Drug companies to blame for the opiate issue?

The most dangerous drug pushers don’t operate on street corners. They don’t use disposable cellphones and, except on “Dressdown Friday,” they wouldn’t think of going to work in jeans and T-shirts. You’ve already guessed we’re referring to drug companies, distributors and ...

Thank you to all who have worn the uniform of our nation’s military

It never ceases to amaze us that there are people — including right here in the Juniata Valley — who are willing to travel anywhere they are sent simply to risk their lives in defense of our country. Today is Veterans Day, a day on which we should all stop and take a few moments to ...