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Local Columns

Playing with fire on Russia’s borders

Belarusian autocrat Alexander Lukashenko has cleared out the encampment at his border crossing into Poland, where thousands of Middle Eastern migrants had been living in squalor. Two weeks ago, that border crossing was the site of clashes between asylum-seekers trying to push through the ...

It’s not what’s under the tree that matters…

The first recorded decorated Christmas tree was created by a group of local merchants in Latvia (let’s hear it for the entrepreneurs!) in 1510. They decorated the tree with artificial roses, danced around it in the marketplace and then set fire to it (not a practice I recommend). The ...

Biden’s crises give Pennsylvanians little to be grateful for this season

As families across Pennsylvania feel the pinch of rising prices, a supply chain crisis, and a war on energy, celebrating the holiday season has become more difficult than ever. Under Joe Biden’s presidency, Americans are paying the price for Democrats’ inflationary spending and failed ...

Traditional Festival of Ice makes its triumphant return

The holidays are a time for embracing tradition. No matter what that means for your family and friends, a visit to the annual Festival of Ice is hopefully part of that holiday tradition in the Juniata River Valley. The Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau is excited for this year’s lineup ...

Kyle Rittenhouse, both right and righteous

In judging the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, set aside for the moment Wisconsin law under which he was tried, and consider the natural law, the moral law, the higher law written on the human heart. In terms of values demonstrated and the deeds done that night that Rittenhouse shot the three ...

Federal court blasts Biden’s anti-work vaccine mandate

Working Americans got good news last Friday. They may not have to worry about getting laid off because of qualms about the COVID-19 vaccine. A federal appeals court suspended the Biden administration’s attempt to mandate the shots at private sector workplaces with 100 or more ...