LTE: Cut Foreign Aid, Not Our Military

The Department of Defense sent out separation notices to 1,200 Army captains, including 48 deployed to Afghanistan. They received eight to nine months of notice so they could prepare for civilian life. What good is the notice for the captains deployed to Iraq for the next eight...
Posted On 14 Aug 2014

Probing Question: What is Bitcoin?

In 1729, when he was 23 years old, Benjamin Franklin authored a pamphlet titled “A Modest Inquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency.” The revolutionary idea he advocated? Paper money printed and controlled by the Colonies. As a printer by trade,...
Posted On 13 Jul 2014

LTE: Impact of WWI on Middle East

Dear Editor: July 28, 2014 marks the 100th year anniversary of the official start of WWI. A local newspaper reader asked me to write about WWI and the impact on the Middle East. The problem in doing this is complying with the typical 200 word limit of many newspapers. But I...
Posted On 11 Jul 2014

LTE: Obama Owns Iraqi Quagmire

Dear Editor: As a Vietnam Era Navy veteran, and having close relatives who served in every war from the Civil War to the Gulf War, I am disappointed with President Obama’s dithering foreign policy. (Note: I am not a partisan person, and I have been a registered Independent for...
Posted On 20 Jun 2014

LTE: New Shale Gas Tax Proposal

Dear Editor: A proposal by Pennsylvania legislators to enact a new tax on shale gas drilling could hurt both local governments, as well as the state’s economy. Concerned citizens should contact their legislators to derail this misguided tax. Act 13, a 2012 law, established the...
Posted On 18 Jun 2014

LTE: AWC Thanks Supporters

Dear Editor: The Animal Welfare Council (AWC)//Allegheny Spay & Neuter Clinic would like to thank the supporters of its recent plant/yard sale and rabies clinic. Through numerous donations from the community, much needed funds were raised to support needy animals in the local...
Posted On 09 Jun 2014

Probing Question: Could Polio Make a Comeback?

It’s one of the most famous global public health success stories of the 20th century: the near-eradication of polio, the dreaded childhood disease that paralyzed or killed more than half a million people around the world annually at its peak in the 1940s and 50s. Following...
Posted On 01 Jun 2014

LTE: Municipal Merger

Dear Editor: I believe the merger of local government entities would be extremely beneficial to our area of Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township. The merging of local governments occurred in Elk County. St. Marys and Benzinger Township merged into the City of St. Marys with...
Posted On 23 May 2014

LTE: Save the Ritz Committee Says Thank You

Dear Editor: The Save the Ritz Committee would like to thank members of the Clearfield community for their support during its last fundraiser, a spaghetti dinner at the St. Francis School. The committee would especially like to thank Jeff Achmoody for donating many hours in...
Posted On 22 May 2014

LTE: Ostracize Bigots

Dear Editor: The despicable remarks by Robert Copeland, a police commissioner, Wolfeboro, NH; Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers; Kanye West, singer; Louis Farrakhan, spokesman for Nation of Islam; Clevin Bundy, Nevada rancher; and Glenn Miller, Kansas killer and...
Posted On 21 May 2014