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Opinion

Can we stop with all the fear-mongering?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Mr. Spahr has opined on many subjects over the past month, including, but not limited to: transgender participation in girls’ sports; President Biden’s accomplishments (or lack of) so far; the Second Amendment and why Mifflin County should become a “Second Amendment ...

Vaccine patriotism vs. vaccine globalism

Local Columns

When the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines first proved their efficacy, preventing nearly 95% of coronavirus infections in those who got the shots in test trials, a vexing issue immediately arose. Who should get priority in receiving these life-saving shots? Generally speaking, the answer, while ...

Approaching the state’s finances with caution

Editorials

Pennsylvania’s revenue situation can be likened to what every day can be seen on the Weather Channel. One financial report sees storm clouds bearing down on the commonwealth; then, out of the fiscal atmosphere, rays of sunshine break through the clouds and portend calmer, pleasant ...

Non-English speakers are not ‘criminals’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was disheartened and dismayed by a recent letter to the editor that implied that non-English speaking immigrant students in our public schools are “criminals” and that their presence in public school is somehow “robbing” other children from reaching their ...

Ending tyranny of Big Tech

Local Columns

On Monday, Justice Clarence Thomas announced that the Supreme Court soon will have to put an end to big tech tyranny. He cited the “glaring” problem of social media platforms like Facebook and Google wielding unlimited power to censor users whose views they don’t like. These tech giants, ...

Time for the government to be out of time

Editorials

What time is it? Time for government to stop tampering with the clock. Pennsylvania is among the majority of states who “spring forward” and “fall back” as Daylight Saving Time begins and ends each year. It’s practiced in 48 states (Hawaii and Arizona, except the Navajo Nation, do ...

The tyranny of the majority

Local Columns

“Which is better — to be ruled by one tyrant three thousand miles away, or three thousand tyrants one mile away?” — Rev. Mather Blyes (1706-1788) Does it really matter if the instrument curtailing liberty is a monarch or a popularly elected legislature? This conundrum, along with ...

State’s handling of nursing homes merits investigation

Editorials

One year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic was taking direct aim and we were scrambling to avoid being struck. Almost immediately, it seemed, many nursing homes, including in our area, were under siege with not only cases of the coronavirus but soon also deaths. Trying to get information for any ...

Baker would do great job on school board

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was delighted when I heard that Mark Baker is running for election to the Mifflin County school board. I have known Mark for over 25 years on both professional and personal levels. He has spent 35 years in our school system teaching vocational agriculture and building trades. ...