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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.

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I am a pastor who teaches grace and forgiveness. I encourage many to step out of their old lifestyle and trust God enough to be loved and become transformed by the “renewing of your mind.” I am the pastor of The Harbor. This week we celebrate signing our lease at 55 W. King St. five years ag…

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There is bipartisan agreement in the state Capitol that school safety should be one of our highest priorities in the weeks and months ahead. I am extremely thankful that my colleagues in the Senate and the House of Representatives are taking this issue seriously and working to safeguard our …

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Chances are, you know a relative or friend with Lyme disease. Sometimes, months or even years pass before you know you’re infected with the tick-borne illness, and the effects of delayed treatment can be catastrophic.

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COMMENTARRecently the Public Opinion published an article “Another View,” by Colin Fleming entitled, “National Anthem doesn't belong in sports.” I have lived in a time where the National Anthem was played at all movie theaters, also where both the American and State Flag were displayed. My h…

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Driving in almost silence on Route 641 from Newville to Carlisle on this almost perfect midsummer morning, the light reaches from the east and spreads itself over the valley, defining fields and farms, and you can see that it is good.

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The recent rash of mass shootings has unfortunately been accompanied by an unprecedented assault on our constitutional safeguards by the liberal left. The Pennsylvania Constitution says it even better than our Second Amendment to the United States Constitution – “The right of the citizens to…

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Gov. Tom Wolf signed the 2018-19 state budget into law last Friday night following House and Senate passage earlier in the week. There is plenty to like in what was negotiated and passed, but I chose to oppose the plan and would like to explain why.

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Monday was Memorial Day, but one single day should not be the only instance when we remember and honor those who served and are serving our country. We tend to focus on our nation’s military branches – Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. I want to take some time to acknowled…

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Our head is full of important numbers -- birthdays and anniversaries, pin numbers, passwords, old phone numbers and the list goes on. But do you know the most important numbers of all? Your blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol level and blood sugar level are the most important numbers you need t…

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You would no doubt agree Pennsylvania is a significantly rural state. We have our two big cities, but the “T” dominates the rest. To put it in some sort of perspective, rural Pennsylvania is larger than the states of New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont combined.

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In the wake of the Florida school shootings and rash of bomb threats at south-central Pennsylvania schools, the House Education Committee recently held a public hearing on school safety. Further ensuring the safety of our school students is a worthwhile endeavor the General Assembly needs to…

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March 20 was National Agriculture Day – a day designated each year by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) to celebrate the accomplishments of agriculture. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) joins the council in thanking American agricultural producers, especially in Pennsylvania, for their c…

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March 20 is National Agriculture Day – a day designated each year by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) to celebrate the accomplishments of agriculture. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) joins the council in thanking American agricultural producers, especially in Pennsylvania, for their co…

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There are countless ways that Pennsylvania residents interact with their county governments every day, probably without even realizing it – everything from services for those with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse issues, to child abuse investigations, to local co…

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A recent letter to the editor in the Public Opinion (“Senate Bill 2 would siphon more money from public schools,” Jan. 9) called on me to oppose legislation that would expand education opportunities for students who are trapped in failing schools. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.

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I was privileged to represent the citizens of the 88th Legislative District in Cumberland County from 1981-1988. I believed then, as now, that citizens should serve in the General Assembly for a brief period by offering up the best ideas for making our commonwealth better for all, and then r…

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Sexual harassment and misconduct are serious and pervasive issues, including in the workplace. Employees who are victimized can feel threatened and unsafe and be forced to make a choice between their livelihood and their safety. That is a choice no one should have to make.

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Here’s a trivia question – how many pieces of legislation have been drafted at the halfway point in the General Assembly’s 2017-18 session? While you ponder that answer, let’s take a look at some of these bills and issues that have made headlines in the calendar year.

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Pennsylvania’s approach to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay watershed is a prime example of antiquated, dysfunctional government at its worst. The current program is riddled with conflicts of interest and sorely lacks transparency and accountability to taxpayers. The only interest group that i…

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The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs until Thursday, Dec. 7. Are you fully aware of what your existing health care insurance policy actually covers? If not, this is a time for senior citizens/Medicare beneficiaries to review their coverage and determine if health and prescription plans c…

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The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs until Thursday, Dec. 7. Are you fully aware of what your existing health care insurance policy actually covers? If not, this is a time for senior citizens/Medicare beneficiaries to review their coverage and determine if health and prescription plans c…

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National Newspaper Week is a time to celebrate the impact newspapers have on their communities, and to recognize the dedicated individuals who work diligently so that you, the reader, receive the news and information that you want and need, day in and day out. A free press is more important …

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The proposed regulations for the outdoor burning ordinance in the Borough of Newville were once again reduced based on pressure from a few residents in town.

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Since my last column, the state Senate has come up with a solution to funding the state budget spending bill that was allowed to become law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Its answer to funding it, which the governor endorses, is not sitting well with the overwhelming majority of people with whom I’ve spo…

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Judging from the lack of emails and telephone calls I’ve received, I get the feeling most people think the state budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year is a done deal. The fact is, our financial house is far from in order nearly two months into the new year.

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For the second year in a row, the PA General Assembly has passed an unbalanced appropriations bill and Gov. Wolf has decided to let it pass without his signature. Over the last year, the state collected over $1 billion less than originally estimated, but that did not stop the General Assembl…

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Gerrymandering is a serious problem in Pennsylvania. Fair Districts PA is currently supporting and campaigning for redistricting reform bills SB 22 and HB 722. These bills might seem to be an improvement over the current system, but when we consider them closely, we may decide they are not.

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No business would give a refund without first verifying a receipt. Our government should be held to the same standard. Yet, under current law, the Treasury Department pays health care tax credits to individuals without first verifying that they legally qualify to receive them.

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Pennsylvania enjoys a rich tradition of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation that has been passed down from generation to generation. One of the qualities that makes Pennsylvania’s community of sportsmen truly unique is the spirit of cooperation, generosity and goodwill that helps bring u…

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One month from now, the General Assembly will hopefully be putting the finishing touches on the 2017-18 state budget. From my point of view, we appear to be a good distance away from accomplishing that. One of the components of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan proposes to save $90 million by combining f…

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Newville council's Public Safety Committee met last week to revise a proposed outdoor burning ordinance for the borough. However, I don't feel the public's safety is being considered with the newly revised ordinance.

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American taxpayers pay far more than any other country in the world for health care, but are we getting what we pay for? Skyrocketing premiums, lack of choices, insurers pulling out of the market, and canceled plans are all symptoms of a deeper problem I have been pointing to for years – tha…

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In March, Sen. Rich Alloway (R-33), state Rep. Dan Moul (R-91) and I joined House members from Lancaster and York counties for a meeting at the state Capitol with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Representatives from local governments were also in attendance to discuss the c…

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As Carlisle Regional Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer, I’m often asked to speak to students who are interested in – or on a path to – a career in medicine. With the celebration of National Doctor’s Day on March 30, I’m reminded how critical is this role of mentor, educator, and cheer…

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As a member of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is part of the strategic review being undertaken by the State System — a top-to-bottom examination of the operations of all 14 system universities and the Office of the Chancellor.

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President Donald Trump’s decision to select Betsy DeVos as education secretary has reignited the debate over school choice. Secretary DeVos’ history is shining a light on the costs associated with cyber and charter schools. While I’d rather not discuss the merit of cabinet members at this ti…