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When is legalized suicide acceptable and when is it not?

And now there are 11. Eleven jurisdictions in the United States have now legalized the act of suicide when it is the product of consultation between a terminally ill patient and a qualified medical person. New Mexico’s legislature is the latest to approve such a bill called the End-of-Life ...

Why Putin’s pipeline is welcome in Germany

During a joint interview with Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian secretary-general of NATO, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, fresh from his bout with the Chinese in Anchorage, took on Angela Merkel and the Germans. Issue: Nord Stream 2, the Baltic Sea pipeline Vladimir Putin is building to ...

China must come clean on COVID

If a plane goes down, there has to be an investigation. Otherwise, no one would feel safe flying again. But a virus from China has killed 540,000 people in our country so far — equal to two thousand jumbo jet crashes — and the Biden administration is doing nothing to get to the bottom of ...

Biden, not Trump, driving border crisis

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas summed up our border crisis in a statement he released March 16: “We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.” According to The Wall Street Journal, Border Patrol agents made ...

Without public debate, democracy crumbles

It sometimes feels as though our democracy is broken, and I wonder if it is our own fault. We have the right to know what our government does on our behalf, but we have become an apathetic citizenry, apparently not caring enough to speak up when we don’t like how politicians run the ...

Are we ready for Spring 2021?

An editorial published two weeks ago in this newspaper asked if the visitors’ bureau has been paying attention over the past year and if we’ve poised the Juniata River Valley’s hospitality industry for a successful recovery. Yes, we have been paying attention and this is what we’ve ...

Susan B. Anthony’s stop in Lewistown

It is hard to believe that before 1920, women in the United States were not permitted to voice their political opinion by casting a vote. Their place was believed to be in the home, supported by men, with their husbands and other males making those decisions. Thankfully, many determined women ...

Coming soon to schools: the border crisis

The Biden administration is scrambling to shelter thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border from Central America. The media are declaring the crush at the border a “crisis.” Truth is, this crisis could be heading to your school district. If your kids are in public ...

Giving to the library is a good memory

I’ve wanted to write a column dedicated to memorial contributions to the Mifflin County Library. When a memorial donation is given, the memory of the loved one who has died is not only thought of, but they are remembered by investing in the future of library service in Mifflin County. What ...

Hyde Amendment, yes; Shalanda Young, no

The Office of Management and Budget is the largest office in the executive branch of the federal government. First and foremost, the OMB prepares the federal budget proposal that the president sends up to Congress. Given we’re talking about the allocation of spending for almost $5 trillion ...