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To some people, trees are just trees. To me they provide more than just scenery and oxygen. I like the coolness of being enclosed in trees. There is nothing like it.

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Would you believe me if I told you I met a country music superstar and had no idea who he was?Well, that happened. My lifelong friends know one thing about me – I love all music with the exception of modern country. It just isn’t my thing. Believe me, they are all talented or they would not …

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Thirty-five years ago, as the editor of a suburban Boston newspaper, I faced a hostile crowd in a church meeting room over a story my newspaper had written about the public suicide of a young man. Efforts to persuade him to give up his gun blocked main street traffic for several hours and caused confusion across the city.

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You are what you eat. No, that isn’t a playground taunt that we have either said or heard in our lifetime, but it really is true.Now that summer has arrived it is time to take in all the fruits (and vegetables) of the land as farmer’s markets are heating up and the produce section of our fav…

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The book of Job (pronounced “Jobe”) is one of the hardest books of the Bible to read. It’s long, loaded with poetry, and has some tough theology in it.

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Winning the Stanley Cup is special. Winning it twice is magical.But extending Stanley Cup championships, as the Pittsburgh Penguins discovered, is not easy to do.The Penguins, who were eliminated last weekend as they were chasing a third consecutive championship, found out the hard way that …

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In the spring of 1997, my future brother-in-law and I drove through Detroit's east side, with 8Ball & MJG booming from the sound system. En route to his mother's house, we passed blighted blocks, laced with vacant houses and abandoned buildings, some so hollowed out that brush and trees had reclaimed them.

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The train would make its way around the track making a grinding noise. The bulbs on the tree would burn out and were replaced like unscrewing a light bulb. Candy canes were peppermint.

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It is often noted that the success and future of our nation lies in the hands of our young students. As these emerging innovators and pioneers make their way through our educational system, we must be sure they receive a quality education and are provided with the tools necessary to succeed …

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In the months since I first wrote about Act 152 of 2014, my office and recorder of deeds offices throughout much of the 17th District have received numerous calls concerning how landowners who have leases with gas and oil companies should handle situations in which a lease has expired. 

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As Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Emergency Preparedness Committee, it is often disappointing to hear from teachers and professors that our younger generation lacks basic civic knowledge and the understanding of how this great country was created.

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As part of the Public School Code portion of the 2017-18 budget package, the House recently passed key reforms to improve curriculum, learning environments and the educational process. These reforms are needed to give our students at all levels of education the best chance for success. 

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As Democratic Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I have made it my mission to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, to address key issues relating to veterans and emergency services.

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The first thing I hear when I talk to parents, educators and students in the 10th District about our K-12 education system is “knock it off with all of these standardized tests.”

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Earlier this year, I wrote about the Legislature’s fight against animal neglect and cruelty. I am happy to inform you that since that writing, several bills aimed at protecting our furry friends were signed into law.

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This past week in my hometown the county fair took center stage. Well, or so I am seeing on Facebook and other social media sites. As I remained here in Lawrence County all week, I didn’t get to attend the yearly event that draws thousands. But, I am OK with that.

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I have been in Harrisburg for fewer than seven months. During that time, I have heard from thousands of people in person, via email, and on social media about the need to keep more money in their pockets.

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Ever since I was a wee lad — we won’t discuss how many years ago that was — I’ve always had a fascination with the night sky. I still do to this day.

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Helping those who have fallen on hard times is the right thing to do. That’s why for decades, Pennsylvania has aided countless individuals who could not manage for themselves against the distressing conditions of poverty through our welfare system. 

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An essential aspect of Christian rest is rest from sinning. We’re able to be victorious over the task master of sin (the “sin nature”) through the sustaining presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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