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No New Year's baby photos, sadly a sign of the times

COMMUNITY Health Systems, the company that owns Sharon Regional Health System and about 206 health-care facilities across the country, may need to change its name.

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Saturday 08/02/2014
Outgoing college chief: Grove City is remarkable
Posted: August 02, 2014

After 11 years as the president of Grove City College, as many know, I will step down at the end of August. My wife Dayl and I will relocate back to Pittsburgh.

Friday 04/18/2014
Forced-pooling hearing should include those affected
Posted: April 18, 2014

It's hard, after all we’ve seen, to imagine that the long-simmering debate about fracking for natural gas is as simple as either side says it is.

Wednesday 03/12/2014
Protecting reporters and the right to know
Posted: March 12, 2014

If it had been solely up to government officials at the time, how much do you think Americans would have learned about the Watergate break-in and the White House cover-up that followed? Maybe nothing.

Friday 02/07/2014
Dispute over meetings warrants public attention
Posted: February 07, 2014

Something funny is going on in Pulaski Township. At least it’s funny if you live elsewhere. Some of the antics by Pulaski government officials could be seen as quite entertaining.

Friday 01/17/2014
Mister Rogers vs. the Unity Tree
Posted: January 17, 2014

I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out at Christmas time — yes, Christmas.

Friday 01/10/2014
Drilling anywhere in PA has implications for all
Posted: January 10, 2014

If you drink water, read this.

Friday 01/03/2014
Sudden snow sometimes creates idiots on roads
Posted: January 03, 2014

Spring in December seemed to have sprung last Saturday when the sun was shining and the mercury rose above 40 degrees. The prediction of freezing rain for Sunday appeared way off the mark.

Online gambling study ordered for Pennsylvania
Posted: January 03, 2014

Coming on the heels of a report noting that total revenue from Pennsylvania slot machines for November was down 1.3 percent from last November, the state Senate recently passed a resolution, calling for a study of gambling in Pennsylvania, including the possibility of legalizing online gambling.

Tuesday 11/26/2013
Obamacare stumbles over the basics of signups
Posted: November 26, 2013

Every new program is bound to have a few glitches. But what’s happening right now with the nation’s new health insurance program and online signup efforts is disturbing. And it creates uncertainty regarding the entire concept of health care reform.

Anti-cyberbullying efforts may be having effect
Posted: November 26, 2013

Parents everywhere must be rejoicing, because a new poll suggests that cyberbullying among students seems to be decreasing.

A veteran, 90, recalls Patton, Ike, freedom
Posted: November 26, 2013

I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, “Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival and Freedom.”

Friday 11/08/2013
California finds way to conquer partisan chaos
Posted: November 08, 2013

California has found a formula for ending the partisan warfare that once paralyzed its government: Get rid of one of the parties, in this case, the Republican. The state’s famously dysfunctional government now hums with calm efficiency.

Tuesday 10/22/2013
Colorado residents document waste tsunami
Posted: October 22, 2013

As the people of Colorado are learning, it's horrendous enough to suffer the ravages of a natural disaster, but it's doubly horrific to then be faced with a more devastating unnatural disaster.

Wednesday 09/25/2013
Are liberals afraid of standing up for policies?
Posted: September 25, 2013

Editor's note: Stephen Dick, 60, a newspaper columnist and associate editor of The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind., died at home Monday of natural causes. Dick's weekly political column was distributed by CNHI News Service and published in CNHI newspapers across the country. At The Herald Bulletin, Ind., Dick directed news coverage. He previously worked for The Kokomo, Ind., Tribune and Alexandria, Ind., Times-Tribune.

Wednesday 08/28/2013
Welcome back, Rake
Posted: August 28, 2013

Many of you have missed the weekly Opinion Page personal columns of Herald Editor James A. Raykie Jr. During the past few weeks "Rake" has been recovering from a stroke suffered while vacationing in Florida.

PSU focus must be on students, not scoreboards
Posted: August 28, 2013

Should Penn State be spending $10 million on a spiffy new Beaver Stadium scoreboard in the midst of costly NCAA sanctions and while continuing to raise tuition for its students?

Uncle Sam no better boss than fast food giant
Posted: August 28, 2013

McDonald's really stepped in it this summer when the fast food empire created a budget for its underpaid employees to help them make ends meet on the low wages they bring home after flipping burgers all week.

Tuesday 07/23/2013
Who wants to debate NSA spying? Not Obama
Posted: July 23, 2013

"I welcome this debate and I think it's healthy for our democracy."

Saturday 07/06/2013
Conn. helps shed light on Frankenfoods
Posted: July 06, 2013

Do you have a right to know how your food is produced?

Friday 07/05/2013
Motorcycles are divisive: danger rises in summer
Posted: July 05, 2013

Motorcycles are a divisive contraption. People who own them are almost fanatical in their enthusiasm. People who don't often have a list of annoyances they will eagerly voice.

Barring press from polls leaves public in the dark
Posted: July 05, 2013

It was an Election Day in the mid-'90s. Word reached the newsroom that the power was out at the polls in Kennard.

Wednesday 07/03/2013
Unheritance: Mom had a gift, she fulfilled her responsibility
Posted: July 03, 2013

The great 20th century novelist Chaim Potok wrote, in his novel, My Name Is Asher Lev, "You have a gift, Asher Lev. You have a responsibility."

Tuesday 06/11/2013
Seizure of AP records is insult to independent press
Posted: June 11, 2013

Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.

Friday 04/12/2013
Medicare: Did you really pay for that?
Posted: April 12, 2013

Last summer, Barack Obama riled a lot of entrepreneurs when he got carried away at a campaign event and told any American who had built up a successful enterprise, "you didn't build that." An even greater backlash awaits any politician who dares to tell Medicare recipients, "You didn't pay for that" - for there are far more seniors than entrepreneurs in our country.

Wednesday 03/20/2013
Pa. taxes pocketbooks of working class unfairly
Posted: March 20, 2013

We often hear about how Pennsylvania's tax laws are a burden for existing businesses and a red flag for those considering setting up shop in the Keystone state.

Tuesday 02/19/2013
Teen's shooting death could have been prevented
Posted: February 19, 2013

"There are two great days in every person's life, the day they were born - and the day they realized why."

Wednesday 02/06/2013
Congress should pass sweeping gun legislation
Posted: February 06, 2013

All of the aspects of President Obama's $500 million gun legislation plan could be effective in decreasing the incidence of mass shootings in the United States.

Let's be clear when we say 'Get guns off the streets'
Posted: February 06, 2013

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan rightly said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts." He might just have rightly said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to be confusing."

Lighten up: Be free to be healthier this year
Posted: February 06, 2013

So how is that New Year's resolution diet going?

Friday 01/11/2013
After 2012 we can only hope for happier year
Posted: January 11, 2013

Our mothers taught us you only get one chance to make a first impression, but when it comes to the impression an old year leaves, 2012 may be remembered for its last.

Recalling Robert Bork's visit to GC College
Posted: January 11, 2013

On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in a little-used dining hall on the campus of Grove City College (in Grove City, Pennsylvania) for a special guest lecturer to arrive.

The holidays can be special, and stressful
Posted: January 11, 2013

The holidays can be a special time, as well as a stressful time.

Wednesday 01/09/2013
What Obama should do about gun violence
Posted: January 09, 2013

The desolation one feels over the slaughter of innocents in Connecticut is compounded by the knowledge that under current circumstances it inevitably will happen again -- that when the shock fades, the political climate will allow it to be repeated.

Friday 12/28/2012
We can't simply say it must never happen again
Posted: December 28, 2012

There is something wrong with us as a nation when 20 young children are massacred in their classroom -- one in a long line of such travesties.

Let's mourn boy's death rather than debate guns
Posted: December 28, 2012

The death of Craig Allen Loughrey is a tragedy, pure and simple, but the magnitude of it demands more than that pithy observation.

Thursday 12/20/2012
Self-control pays big dividends
Posted: December 20, 2012

As Christmas approaches, Americans are once again spending a lot of money. With that in mind, here are some thoughts on the importance of self-control in our lives.

Friday 12/07/2012
Don't give 'til it hurts; give 'til it feels good
Posted: December 07, 2012

Don't give 'til it hurts; give 'til it feels good! That's been the slogan for The Herald's Good News Fund for the last two decades when it comes to raising money to help needy people in the Mercer County area during the Christmas holiday.

Friday 11/16/2012
Holding the Federal Reserve accountable
Posted: November 16, 2012

Many hard questions have been raised in response to the Federal Reserve's decision to embark on open-ended bond buying or quantitative easing ("QE"). Can we afford it? Will it create jobs? Will the decision undermine the Fed's long-term credibility? Few have asked, though, is the Fed's latest move ethical?

Wednesday 09/19/2012
Romney’s remarks may undermine his remedy
Posted: September 19, 2012

If successful businessman Mitt Romney hopes to write the prescription that heals the nation’s ailing economy, he needs to work on his bedside manner. Stat.

Friday 09/07/2012
Shootings raise questions, few answers
Posted: September 07, 2012

The latest mass shooting incident in America will produce a disturbing list of questions and tragic lack of answers.

Friday 08/24/2012
Kelly's rhetoric could create tea party cartoon
Posted: August 24, 2012

Last week U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly's rousing, anti-regulation rant on the House floor earned him a standing ovation, a string of guest spots on Fox News, hundreds of positive comments on Facebook, and a shout out from Rush Limbaugh himself.

Wednesday 08/22/2012
Cities fighting crime could use more help
Posted: August 22, 2012

The U.S. Justice Department's surge of 50 agents, who have been working with Philadelphia police and the District Attorney's Office, is having a welcome payoff. Since early June, they've made 300 arrests on assault, drug, weapons, and other charges, and seized 80 guns.

Tuesday 08/21/2012
Ask questions at your local farmers market
Posted: August 21, 2012

With dedicated foodies hounding the public to be "locavores," consumers of locally grown farm products, and the health watchdogs urging increasingly obese Americans to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, it is no wonder that the number of farmers markets has soared to 7,175 nationwide, up 17 percent from a year earlier.

Friday 08/10/2012
On a wing, but not necessarily a prayer
Posted: August 10, 2012

Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, urging him to issue guidance to counter an "alarming pattern of attacks on faith" in the U.S. Air Force.

Wednesday 08/01/2012
Education tax credits good idea, but at what cost?
Posted: August 01, 2012

Do the dollars we spend on vacation really count? Most of us spending money on cheap trinkets and overpriced T-shirts don't believe they do - until we get the credit-card bills.

Friday 07/27/2012
When slashing funds in Pa., cooler heads should prevail
Posted: July 27, 2012

Marie Antoinette, who was later beheaded, supposedly said "Let them eat cake!" when told that poor people in France had nothing to eat.

Municipalities should pay share for state police
Posted: July 27, 2012

The cost for a municipality not to provide local police service just got a price tag.

Wednesday 07/25/2012
Jefferson remains and American enigma
Posted: July 25, 2012

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

State's voter ID law proves to be a problem
Posted: July 25, 2012

It's July 25. Do you have the proper identification card to vote on Nov. 6? When the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Legislature approved Voter ID, we criticized the law as unnecessary, politically motivated and a bureaucratic boondoggle.