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When I was a youngster, I was susceptible to the diseases that went around, from kid to kid.  Measles, mumps, chicken pox. It seemed that I was sick quite a lot. But I knew very little about epidemics.  I knew that my dad’s oldest sister died of the flu epidemic when he was a young boy. If h…

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For any problem within the American political landscape, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has a solution – albeit a costly one. Warren’s plan to eliminate student loan debt, while liquidating the middle class was certainly foremost when she was recently questioned by a dad …

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Forget impeachment, and who will be the Democratic presidential nominee, or more importantly, who will be the offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns. Duke Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle, of Sussex, England have left the royal titles behind and "will work to be financially independent."

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When young people get married they find there is a lot to learn about what their partner’s life was like before they knew each other. When John and I met and married, we were 78 and 80 years old. We got to know each other’s likes and interests and how we wanted to spend our time. 

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Before Congress departed for Christmas, they pulled another Scrooge on America's future. Rather than deal with an impending government shutdown, they saddled the nation with more debt by passing a 2,313 page, spending spree to the jingle of $1.4 trillion. It was yet another bipartisan spendi…

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I like to think that, had I lived at a certain place during a certain time in 15th-century France, I would have followed Joan of Arc. That notion bothered me when I considered my initial reaction to Greta Thunberg, the 17-year-old climate leader from Sweden. Maybe because she ascribes her ch…

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Gauge of the year: Life expectancy in the U.S. dropped for the third straight year. The last time that happened was over a century ago, when we were in the middle of World War I and the worst flu pandemic in recorded history.

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The start of a new year marks the beginning of the second half of the 2019-20 Legislative Session – which makes this a good time to provide an update on the legislative activities of the previous year.

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“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs….”

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At a recent Sunday Mass, the parish’s 8th grade confirmation class participated in the Rite of Enrollment into the Book of the Elect. During the induction, the candidates were collectively asked if they were willing to receive the final sacrament of Catholic initiation – confirmation.

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As the dawn of the NBA regular season looms, Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey decided to exercise his 1st Amendment right of freedom of speech when he tweeted: “Fight For Freedom Stand with Hong Kong” in support of their protests against Mainland China. 

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In January 2017, when Donald Trump took the oath of office, the cry for his impeachment has echoed nonstop. For Democrats, impeachment is more than any pie, cake or cobbler; it is a just desert – a four-letter word – because they lost the White House in 2016.

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Disasters have been with us even before the unsettled days of Chicken Little, who was so convinced that the sky was falling; she refused to believe any other explanation was even possible.  Unable to locate the portion of “sky” that wacked Little upside the head, she continued chirping her o…

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We all know about the need to be super cautious when there is a Mama Bear with her cubs anywhere nearby.  She will protect those babies with all her fierce might, so, don’t get between Mama and cubs.  Of course, a bear has a lot of strength and few other animals are a match to tackle Mama Be…

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Out of all the talking points, disputes and debates that color the political spectrum, the argument for not just increasing, but doubling the minimum wage has become the bellwether in a cross-section of partisan circles. 

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School may be out for the summer, but the lingering pall of the standardized test hangs over playgrounds, summer camps and amusement parks like a rainy day at a picnic.

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The YMCA of Corry, a fixture of the community for over 100 years, is a community asset that has worked to build healthy mind, spirit and body for countless people since its inception.  With a staff of over 70  who are dedicated to providing a friendly face and excellence in programming, educ…

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When Marlin and I moved to Millertown in 1959 to be pastor of the church at Rogers Mill, I wanted to plant seeds and watch them grow. The parsonage had six rooms and a path! Yes, the path led to the outhouse which was built a little distance from the house.

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1969 was a half century ago and yet when that historical year comes up in conversation, those Miracle Mets always lead off. After being 100 to one underdogs the New York Mets finally came of age and went on to win the World Series that October.

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The Fourth of July is, to use Walt Whitman’s phrase, “a brave delight fit for freedom’s athletes.”

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In 1942 the United States had joined the war against the Axis Powers. In the North Atlantic, German U-boats were devastating the Allied merchant ships in the struggle to keep Great Britain supplied with food and war materials.

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Much of politics is name recognition, presentation and marketability. Recently the House passed The Equality Act. A great name.

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As the nation grows less religious, the 116th Congress is reported to be the most religiously diverse in its storied history. According to Pew Research, 80 percent of Americans may believe in God, but nearly one-third say the “deity” in whom they believe in is not the God of the Bible, but “…

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Too often Memorial Day is anything but what it’s supposed to be: a solemn remembrance of our nation’s war dead.  Most Americans get caught up in the “first holiday of the summer” mode even though the summer solstice is still more than three weeks away. 

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When the internet lit up saying the storied New York Yankees exiled the playing of the country’s second national anthem, “God Bless America” by the legendary Kate Smith during each game’s 7th inning stretch, it had to be another bout of fake news.

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In November of 1981, when my son, Marlin, was a student at Syracuse University, he was a member of the marching band.  The band would go with the football team when they played away games.  He told me about the Syracuse game with Navy, at Annapolis.   He was fascinated with the Navy traditio…

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Old Saw No. 1: “Every obstacle is also an opportunity.”  

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  Recently I asked John, “Did you ever have a Pogo stick?”  His answer definitely surprised me.  “No, but I had a Go Devil.”   I had never heard of a Go Devil.  Did you?  He explained it to me. A Go Devil is made from a barrel stave.  You sand the outside curve until it is really smooth.  Th…

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As the 116th Congress settles in, if you believe we are entering a new era of legislative headway, think again.

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It started with an egg.  Well, technically, it started when I decided just before 9 o’clock on Saturday evening, that I had time and energy to bake a cake before I headed to bed.  I got ingredients out of the cupboards and refrigerator, and I was thinking about “stuff.”  That can be a danger…

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It started with an egg.  Well, technically, it started when I decided just before 9 o’clock on Saturday evening, that I had time and energy to bake a cake before I headed to bed.  I got ingredients out of the cupboards and refrigerator, and I was thinking about “stuff.”  That can be a danger…

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If watching segments of the four day chaotic marathon of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings wasn’t enough, enter Christine Blasey Ford, a registered Democrat, Bernie Sanders supporter, and psychology professor at Palo Alto University, who claimed that she w…

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Well folks, everyone seemed to like the good old days so here I am again! Only this time, it’s going to be about my old young days. Another true story, I could never make this stuff up.

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As we recognize September as National Preparedness Month, it seemed fitting to familiarize local residents with the Conelway Regional Emergency Management Agency. 

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Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series.