It is always surprising to learn what folks eager to express opinions find valuable. On Saturday, June 27, you published a letter from Harry Prentiss, calling most of the well-reasoned and thoughtful commentary from John Peeler on June 21 “tripe,” simultaneously concluding that it was “refre…

July 4th commemorates our Declaration of Independence. Do you know how each of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence sacrificed and suffered enormously to create government? “Nothing wrong with suffering, if you’re suffering for a purpose.”

Pennsylvanians just voted in primary elections in June to nominate Democratic and Republican candidates for the office of state auditor general. Those candidates will face off against each other in November.

As Americans, we face unprecedented challenges with the public health and economic crises of the coronavirus. Our priority must be to find a vaccine and support our economy in a safe, responsible manner. A month ago, the murder of George Floyd brought forth justifiable hurt and anger, dividi…

Last October, Gov. Tom Wolf stated, “Climate change is the most critical environmental threat confronting the world, and power generation is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.” At that time, he signed an executive order directing the Pennsylvania Department of Envir…

I sometimes refer to the COVID-19 pandemic as “the great psychometric test.” We are all being placed under different kinds of strain, and we have the chance to react for better or worse.

The death toll now stands at 120,000. The United States, with roughly 4% of the world’s population, accounts for about 25% of its COVID-19 deaths.

Dear White Evangelicals: I write to you as a white Evangelical. I’m also male, doubly privileged. I’m asking you to help us learn from each other that God may be glorified. It would be no surprise to any of my readers that unlike most white male evangelicals, I find Donald Trump to be neithe…

Everyone, not just our kids, has experienced what we all hope will be a once in a lifetime shared traumatic experience with COVID 19. Add to that the significant trauma so many of us, especially people of color, are experiencing as we have watched and participated in the necessary fight for …

I applaud our governor’s approach to managing the COVID pandemic throughout our Commonwealth, including within Union County.  The COVID-19 virus poses a dual threat. It causes serious illness and death, and it has profoundly impacted our economy.  Our nation has lost more than 112,000 lives,…

We are living in a difficult time — a time when physical distance, uncertainty, and the loss of routine can leave many people feeling alone to face life’s challenges. For many Pennsylvanians and their families, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted their lives in significant and unexpected way…

Susie was the first true love of my life. She was sweet of disposition, incredibly smart, affectionate, enthusiastic, eager to please. She was everything I could have ever wanted. We enjoyed taking long walks together, even in the rain. We especially enjoyed special moments of petting. I’ll …

I’m the son of a loving mother and father who have been very active parents. I am a brother to four sisters. They are my best friends, and everything that I aspire toward is for them.

We call June Pride Month. We call the celebration Gay Pride because Self-Respect and Respect for Others of Our Spectrum of Sexualities, Orientations, and Choices can’t fit on a bumper sticker or look good on a float. June marks the date of the Stonewall rebellion in 1969, a protest we celebr…

The first six months of 2020 have ripped the Band-Aid off our collective assumptions about the health of our community — and what a healthy community looks like. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the clear disparities in a health care system that prioritizes profit over caring for those mos…

With Flag Day this Sunday, it’ll be fun to revisit the story of our nation’s flag. Flag Day, June 14 — which The New York Times once lamented as the “runty stepchild among American national holidays.”

My dear son — you don’t know it now but one of our first conversations on the harsh realities of the world took place when you were still inside my belly. Weeks before you entered the world, I watched as communities collectively mourned the loss of two more black men. Their names even now et…

Utter disregard. Unmitigated disdain. These are fair descriptions of Donald Trump’s attitude toward any science that leads to conclusions he disagrees with, whether it be the science of climate change, or that of pandemics. But Trump is not unique; he is rather the culmination of decades of …

As people of faith, we affirm that life is sacred. Life comes from God and belongs to God. Every human being reflects the beauty, value, and goodness of our Creator. Each of our Holy Scriptures describes the breath of life as God’s gift. God breathes life into every human being. As people of…

Graduates: Sorry. It may be a bummer what you are going through now. It sure wasn’t the end of the school year you expected – proms canceled, graduations zoomed, internships shot, where your best employment option is to become a COVID tracer — but, trust me, you will be able to milk this for…

George Floyd's death at the hands – or rather the knee – of Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin has sparked protests nationwide, including some looting and destruction of property in my hometown of Dallas. I do not condone senseless violence, but I understand some of the rage and frustration that fuels it.

Ever gotten the wind knocked out of you? Or been unable to breathe for even a few seconds?

Being informed is our civic duty and vital to protecting our democracy, but often we do not realize the extent to which we are being misinformed by our favorite news source.

Last week, Los Angeles Laker LeBron James posted a side-by-side on his Twitter account of two different people “taking a knee.”

Rather than sending additional federal dollars to bail out state governments and add to our already astronomical federal debt, government at all levels must work together to target relief that has already been appropriated where it is needed most and ensure that federal funds are driven out …

Sis Hause invited me to write this week’s column on local history. She and her husband, Bill, would sometimes go down to Hess Field and watch the skateboarding action. Sis said the skaters were always so nice to both of them. So this week, let’s celebrate the history of local skateboarding.

The bawdy comedy, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was on TV the other afternoon. I would never be so insensitive nor so crass as to make reference during this deadly pandemic to the movie’s most quoted comedy scene. For me, the funniest scene is when King Arthur trots up and confronts a gr…

Despite the intransigent support he receives from his base and, accordingly, lawmakers who refuse to take the blinders from their eyes, post-pandemic America deserves much better than President Trump and the policies advanced by him and his supporters.

Recently there has been an outcry of reactions to a social media post made by Dr. Jennifer Rager-Kay, former candidate for Pennsylvania state representative and former school board director for the Selinsgrove School District. Dr. Rager-Kay expressed her thoughts on people protesting the wea…

President Barack Obama weathered three pandemics in his eight years in office: the swine flu, Ebola and Zika. This gives us enough data to not merely speculate on the actions he might take against COVID-19, but to make relatively accurate predictions of what he would do in comparison with Pr…

How did we get to a place where people carry semi-automatic weapons in a peaceful protest? Where government officials — people elected to represent us — say that we’ll just have to let some of us die because re-opening businesses is more important? Declare that “lots of grandparents” would g…

This week marks National Emergency Medical Services Week. It’s a yearly observation. But this year, the brave men and women on the front lines, especially first responders, deserve extra recognition.

As American deaths from the coronavirus approached 85,000, the largest outbreak in the world by far, President Donald Trump was playing, “I Know Something You Don’t Know” with a newspaper reporter.