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Count your blessings

March 14, 2015

Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr., an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Lawrence Township Fire Company, was laid to rest Friday in a large but solemn ceremony in Clearfield.
Jeff's sendoff was complete with roughly 200 emergency response vehicles in the procession.
While it was a sight to behold, what is even more impressive are the accomplishments this young man made in such a short period of time.

Pa. voter ID law: Disenfranchisement 2012

April 13, 2012

On March 14, 2012, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law a contentious piece of legislation requiring Pennsylvania voters to present photo ID at the polls in order to cast their ballot this coming November. The law has proven to be a polemical issue, resulting in a schism in which the Republican sponsors and supporters of the legislation argue its necessity to ensure against voter impersonation at polls and opponents claim it is a thinly veiled attempt at voter suppression or disenfranchisement.

Veterans’ healthcare needs a booster shot

March 25, 2012

Leroy Wehler. George “Pizza” Pirraglia. Most recently, Ron Guilyard. And the list of the Vietnam-era veterans who died from the effects of Agent Orange continues to get longer. It’s just one of the complications our veterans are facing following their service to our country.

Buy low, the end is nigh: For-profit prophets

March 10, 2012

With Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more weeks of winter this past Groundhogs Day, one has to wonder what winter we will be seeing more of as it implies that we have already seen winter this year and that much is debatable.
A majority of the North American continent is seeing temperatures well above or well below normal. Mediterranean portions of Europe have plunged into the Ice Age. In much of the American Northeast, winter fests, ski and ice fishing trips are being cancelled and what we have seen in the way of precipitation of the frozen variety has not been typical or significant.

The sky is cryin'...

February 25, 2012

Pretty much everyone has cursed PennDOT at one time or another, but I have to say they were Johnny-on-the-spot as I was driving home after the midnight hour on Thursday. I passed at least two trucks throwing down anti-skid to combat the snow soup that came down. I knew we were going to have a storm, but I thought it would come later and that it would be either snow or rain, not the weird mixture that signaled Mother Nature couldn’t decide if it was still winter or the beginning of spring.

Wings on Wednesday only creates monotony

February 25, 2012

I’m wondering who decreed that Wednesday is Wing Night in Elk County. This question occurred after my sisters and I took a quick trip to Pittsburgh to spend a lovely time with my niece, and on the return trip we stopped to eat. We were looking at the specials advertised for each night of the week and realized that once again, Wednesday was wing night at this establishment. We wondered if maybe someone would kick the curve and maybe have wing night on, say, Monday or Thursday. What if you really aren’t hungry for wings on Wednesday?

Newt Gingrich and the man on the moon

February 3, 2012

With Republican candidate Newt Gingrich's moon-colony proclamation made at a recent Republican debate and the ensuing dismissal and derision surrounding the quote, it appeared to many that the former speaker of the house may himself be either in or from outer space.
While campaigns are always stoked by "tell you what you want to hear" rhetoric, it would appear that Newt's campaign in now focusing not only on the American frontier of Western states like Arizona but more along the lines of the Star Trek's "final frontier."

Sports: The great escapism

January 21, 2012

Maybe you find ludicrous the idea of a grown man yelling at grown men playing a children's games on his television, but for those of us who are sports fans and look forward to their team's next contest, pacing and psyching up as if we ourselves were preparing to enter the fray and arena of professional sports, the game, as any form of entertainment, serves as a means of escapism and fulfills a fundamental need to feel a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Tebow the Terrible?

January 21, 2012

Why are so many people making fun of Tim Tebow? 
Nobody who watches football regularly seems to make fun of the guys who do a goofy little dance in the endzone or the fans or wear cheese hats on their heads or paint their faces and bodies in their team’s colors. Is it a big deal that the kid (I call him a kid because if I were in the NFL I would be at retirement age) kneels down and says a prayer in midfield? I guess I don’t see what the big deal is – it seems he’s expressing himself in a way that’s comfortable and familiar to him.

St. Marys Legion's Dan Stauffer slides into third base during the Region 8 Tournament.
The St. Marys junior baseball all-star team advanced to the final of the winner's bracket with a 13...
The second-seeded St. Marys Legion baseball team opened the Elk County League playoffs on Wednesday...
Jeffrey Scott Buck Jr., an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter with Lawrence Township Fire Company,...