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Editorials

Don’t neglect vital health screenings any longer

As guidelines for stemming the spread of COVID-19 were handed down last year, one of the first steps hospitals took was to reduce the number of in-person visits and elective procedures. For many, that included tests and screenings. It is time to get back on track, however, and a couple of ...

Tighten the rules for federal officials who hold immense economic influence

U.S. Federal Reserve officials wield an immense amount of influence on our economy. Last year, the Fed took unusual steps to shore up the economy and stabilize financial markets during the pandemic by cutting its short-term benchmark interest rate to zero in March 2020. Since then, it purchased ...

Lead piping in America isn’t going away any time soon

“Your tap water can hang out in some pretty seedy joints” is the message in close proximity to containers of one brand of bottled water sold by some area stores. Accompanying that message and, of course, the containers of water for sale is a picture depicting one example of the ...

Biden’s speech to UN General Assembly seemed very ‘pie in the sky’

As President Joe Biden spoke before the United Nations General Assembly last week, he had a lot on his mind. Biden talked about the world being at an “inflection point in history,” regarding the pandemic, human rights, social justice issues, climate change and the end of a 20-year war. ...

We wish MCMA luck as it officially takes over water system today

We hope today marks the end of a long and, frankly, messy saga involving the water system that serves a significant portion of Mifflin County. For today is the day that control of the system is officially transferred from the outgoing Municipal Authority of the Borough of Lewistown to the ...

Goose Day – the Juniata Valley’s own holiday – is worth celebrating

Today is a special day here in the Juniata Valley. It’s Sept. 29, which means it’s Goose Day, a holiday started right here in our own backyard. And while most locals have at some point heard the basis for the day, for those who haven’t, the day falls on St. Michaelmas Day and states ...