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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.

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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.