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It’s a racist plan, not a rescue plan

Polls show most Americans support the COVID-19 relief bill. But this bill comes with a slap in the face for people who believe in racial equality and want everyone to benefit. Section 1005 of the bill offers women and minority farm owners a total debt forgiveness of up to hundreds of ...

The real cost of Biden’s stimulus plan

Since the start of the pandemic, the federal government has taken historic steps to provide nearly $4 trillion in financial and public health assistance to the American people, with one goal in mind: defeating the virus and getting our country back to normal. Unfortunately, President Biden ...

Reparations do not buy justice, dignity or freedom

The issue of reparations to Black Americans as payment for damage done as a result of years of legal slavery and subsequent discrimination is back on the table. The House Judiciary Committee just held hearings on H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to look into ways in which African ...

One way politicians can start to regain public’s trust

Quick, name some national politicians you trust. What’s that you say? You’re struggling to think of any trustworthy politicians in Washington? You are not alone. Pew Research reports 80% of us say we do not trust the federal government to do what’s right “always or most of the ...

Tell people why they should visit the Juniata Valley

Why should visitors love our area? Count the ways. “What do you do for fun around here?” Replies to this question can make or break a visitor’s impression of the Juniata River Valley. If you want them to visit again and say nice things about our area to others who might come, too, you ...

A little respect (just a little bit)

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.” Those words rang out in 1967 as the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin’s song quickly became a rallying cry, spreading the message of equality for all. It was purposefully designed to empower those who felt they had no voice. Thankfully, ...

Trump, impeachment and the Constitution

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, thus, all government behavior must conform to it. It is, of course, notwithstanding its supremacy, an imperfect document. Its original iteration in 1789 — and even after the addition of the Bill of Rights in 1791 — implicitly recognized ...

GOP must unify against the left

Former President Donald Trump captured the core of the problem in his official statement following his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial: “It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, ...

Getting Pennsylvania ready for its economic recovery

Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have already made significant progress in setting the stage for Pennsylvanians to take control of our needed economic recovery and we will continue to advance an aggressive, yet practical, forward-thinking agenda to prime the commonwealth ...

Make COVID-19 a thing of the past – get vaccinated when you can

The COVID-19 vaccine is our most powerful weapon in the fight against the pandemic. And soon it will be available to everyone. But while many people — including two-thirds of Geisinger employees — have eagerly chosen to roll up their sleeves to get the shots, some people are still afraid ...