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As our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic and its vast economic and health ramifications, we cannot ignore the dangers of another public health crisis wrought at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. For far too long, China has been the largest primary source for fentanyl and fentan…

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Pennsylvania’s junior firefighter program received a much-needed update when the governor signed House Bill 1552, my first piece of legislation to be signed into law.

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Pain and anger have cut me wide open again with the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. I’ve begun expressing these feelings in conversations with friends in the community and on social media. Maybe because I’m a recently-retired Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) a…

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Benjamin Franklin was asked in 1787, “What do we have Mr. Franklin, a Republic or a king?” He responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

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I’ve been in law enforcement for more than 18 years. I was elected District Attorney in Lebanon County and served in that capacity from Jan. 1, 2006, through Jan. 28, 2020, when I resigned to take office in the Pennsylvania Senate. I now serve the constituents of the 48th Senatorial District…

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One of the lessons we have learned from the pandemic is that we are all essential workers. Whether we stay at home or wear masks in public to keep each other safe, or whether we go to work at the grocery store to stock, check out, or sanitize the cart handles, we are all vitally essential. W…

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At UPMC, we continue to move forward in implementing our COVID-19 response measures. Our testing capabilities are rapidly increasing, and we have expanded our testing footprint beyond Pittsburgh, opening locations in Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg and Williamsport. 

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Pennsylvania ranks in the top 10 in tax burden among all states, according to the Commonwealth Foundation, and there have been five tax hikes in the past 11 years.

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Tax season is upon us. Forget the other four seasons- spring, summer, fall and winter. Officially, tax season starts Monday, and it is often the most dreaded season of the year. There is no reason for people to dread tax time, however. The local Chambersburg TaxAide program is here to help a…

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About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to have been sworn in to represent the people of the 193rd Legislative District in the state House of Representatives. I often reflect on the responsibility you have entrusted to me and want to take a moment to renew that commitment.

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Sadly, the birthplace of liberty and freedom has become one of the highest taxed and over-regulated states in the nation. It seems that Harrisburg bureaucrats are continuously looking for new ways to extort revenue from its citizens. We all know the sting of taxation, where sadly, Pennsylvan…

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When one looks through a microscope, one sees a ‘small sample’ (i.e. the Big Spring School District) as opposed to when one uses a telescope to view a larger universe (all 499 school districts in PA). I recently attended the PA School Board Association state-wide conference where all 499 sch…

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Most Pennsylvanians want to be left alone to live their lives without undue interference from the government.

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Think fast – there’s been an accident. Do you know what to do if disaster strikes? Of course you do...call 911. Many of us have called it, and morning, noon or night, you can be sure someone will answer. We are blessed to live in a state where someone will answer, and help will come.

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Eighteen years ago on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, I remember walking to my first class of the day at Slippery Rock University. It was an early class, so I did not know what terror was unfolding in New York City until after I arrived in the classroom across campus.

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Gov. Wolf’s charter school overhaul would cut funding for charters, cap enrollment, and place a moratorium on new cyber charter schools, even as tens of thousands of students are on waiting lists for charter schools across the state. In short, it would deny families the schooling options they seek.

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The legislative session has been quite productive. The House passed numerous bills to improve Pennsylvania and those who live here. Though the General Assembly is not currently in voting session, I have been busy here in Adams and Cumberland counties meeting with residents to learn how the b…

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The PA Libertarian and Green Parties agree that SB 300, which will disenfranchise nearly a half million voters, must be struck down.

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Election Day is just around the corner. Tuesday, May 21, is a critical election for our community. These local elections are where significant changes are made. The vote you make on Tuesday will have the most impact in your day-to-day lives and that of your family.

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At USDA, we celebrate Earth Day 2019 by offering big thank-yous to farmers and ranchers here in Pennsylvania for all they do. Every day we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, fiber and fuel for people in their communities and around the world. They are doing…

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When I review how the framers of the Constitution wanted our government to be established, I realize that the House of Representatives, is truly the People’s House – a House that should be composed of farmers, businessmen, and yes, even doctors.

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There comes a moment in every person’s life when they realize it is time to move on to other endeavors. After serving in the Pennsylvania Senate for the past 10 years, I recently announced that I am retiring at the end of February to explore new career opportunities.

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As the last year of this decade is underway, and the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives and destroy families, we are encouraged to share what we hope is a sign of progress -- a ray of hope.

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As the last year of this decade is underway, and the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives and destroy families, we are encouraged to share what we hope is a sign of progress -- a ray of hope.

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Working for a small-town newspaper is a tough job. It requires long hours, dedication and a keen eye for the news readers want and need to know.

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Thanksgiving is a time for reflection on all of the blessings in our lives. I am grateful that this year featured significant progress on a number of issues that local residents have identified as priorities.

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A number of public assistance programs are available to help struggling individuals and families endure difficult financial circumstances. One challenge that lawmakers face is ensuring these programs help people who are truly in need, and making sure these programs are not abused.

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As fair-minded citizens of both parties and no party have been shaken to their core by the seemingly endless tribalism, the brazen us-versus-them politics of division that is ravaging our nation, it is time for all good men and women of character and conscience to stand up and be counted.