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Opinion

Summer reading!

Local Columns

Summer reading! If you read my previous library columns you already know that it was during the summer that my reading skills actually developed and the library was the main source of my materials. Back then there were no organized programs or even a children’s librarian to direct me to age ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

Local Columns

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to read first. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant new releases available here at the library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a ...

Youth sports should not be win-at-all-costs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When did winning an 11-year-old Little League game become a win-at-all-cost sport? What lesson are we teaching our children? Is it really about the kids or is a coach more worried about his wins vs. losses record? So many questions come to mind after watching a child be ...

Fireworks free-for-all will almost assuredly cause big problems

Editorials

It feels like the Fourth of July fireworks display starts about June 30 and doesn’t end until, oh, right around today. We are not referring to the sanctioned municipal events. We are speaking of the independent displays that seem to sprout up in just about every neighborhood. And unlike ...

Local chapter of support group closes down

Letters to the Editor

Dear fellow bereaved parents and family members: About 29 years ago, the Juniata Valley Chapter of The Compassionate Friends was started to assist families grieving the death of a child of any age or any cause. Over the years many parents and other family members have reached out to our ...

Supreme Court is supposed to be non-partisan

Editorials

With all the hubbub over President Donald Trump’s announcement of Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nomination Monday night, one would think that the nine justices who preside over this nation’s highest court are akin to absolute monarchs — kings and queens who determine everything ...

My views on race come only from my experience

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to respond to Jene Mertz’s comments about my letter of June 9. To begin with, Ms. Mertz implies that I say I don’t have to worry about racism. That’s not true. My letter was simply an opinion about how serious race is as a national issue. Some people feel ...

The problem with biased studies

Editorials

We may never know whether a drink a day keeps the doctor away. That is unfortunate. Especially because the number of people who enjoy moderate consumption of alcohol is substantial, learning whether that has health benefits is desirable. But the reason we may not get that information is ...