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Book shots: Did you know these 5 things about your library?

I work in a library each day, so I am immersed in all the ins and outs of how things work. But I can’t assume everyone else knows these things about the library. It’s important to explain how the library works and share about the great things we have to offer. Here are 5 things that have ...

Lessons voters in Georgia can learn from California

One of the many beauties of freedom is there is always surprise. Georgia voters might consider what is happening in California as the nation’s blue-state poster child turns purple. Why? When the left seizes power, they don’t know when to stop. But voters know how to say, “Whoa, ...

Are the ‘Never Trumpers’ really the future of the GOP?

Denouncing the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill as a parsimonious “disgrace” and hinting at an Alamo-style finish on Jan. 6, when Congress votes to declare Joe Biden the next president, Donald Trump is not going to go quietly. The anti-Trumpers and “Never Trumpers” celebrating at ...

When rose-colored glasses aren’t so rosy

A few years ago, the Juniata River Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau teamed up to begin a Rose-Colored Glasses Campaign focusing on the positives in our community. Many local business owners and other community members chose to participate and were ...

Can democracy hold us together?

If America were a company and not a country, we would have long ago dissolved the corporation, split the blanket, and gone our separate ways. What still holds this disputatious and divided people together? Consider. In announcing the $900 billion stimulus bill to deal with the pandemic, ...

The pandemic’s hidden victims

No two ways about it. This has been a lousy year. In so many ways, our lives have been upended and, in more than 300,000 American families, tinged with the sorrow of losing a loved one to an invisible and insidious virus. We have all felt so helpless and frustrated by not knowing the end ...

Pride in place crucial to success

Sometimes doing something very simple can have a huge impact on your community. They may be simple tasks, but when added up, will make a difference. The Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau follows the Proud Places Facebook page. Proud Places is a network of professionals focused on improving ...

Cuomo not fit to be attorney general

Governor Andrew Cuomo is reported to be on Joe Biden’s shortlist for attorney general of the United States, though Cuomo claims he’s not interested. A savvy response, considering he might not be Biden’s final choice, and if he is, he’ll have to undergo Senate scrutiny. He’s got a lot ...

Taking Christmas seriously

God works in strange ways. Last weekend, two friends and I were deeply moved when we saw a theatrical production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This is the famous and popular tale of the transformation and redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge from a rasping, grasping old miser into a ...

The lost year for education

As the long, dark COVID-filled months stretch before us, and as schools scramble to respond to the latest curveballs thrown by the pandemic, the government must fully address the threats our school districts face moving forward. For an unprecedented educational catastrophe is looming and will ...