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On a recent flight from Texas to North Carolina, a woman came so unglued that she tried to open the plane's door. The flight crew had to bind and gag her with duct tape. This was an extreme example of a disturbing trend in air travel: People are becoming unruly or even hysterical.

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There are many amusing and interesting names of places across the land. How about Rough and Ready, Calif.? Or Two Egg, Fla.; Slickpoo, Idaho; Santa Claus, Ind.; Burnt Porcupine, Maine; Hot Coffee, Miss.; Mud Butte, S.D., or Lick Fork, W.Va.? A whole book could be written on unusual names of …

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The attack on the foreign flags at the George C. Marshall Memorial Plaza at Uniontown’s Five Corners – the suspect in the case told police the national emblems had no business flying in the good old U.S. of A. – brings to mind this fact: General-of-the Army Marshall was a nationalist in an i…

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Who or what are the people we look to for moral authority or credibility? Clergy, counselors, (grand)parents, perhaps the court system? But what happens when they do things that are regrettable, and let expectations down? It is acknowledged that people may not remember the thousand things yo…

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If you’re in the neighborhood this week, you might want to stop at the mountainous Route 40 Summit hotel – officially the Historic Summit Inn Resort. It’s an anniversary, of sorts. Ninety-nine years ago on July 2, the president of the United States stayed the night, along with his wife the f…

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Following their success in limiting Gov. Tom Wolf’s powers by constitutional amendment, Republicans in Harrisburg are considering a slew of new constitutional changes that could give them an edge in future elections.

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A. James Manchin, whose nephew, the senior lawmaker from West Virginia, is all over the news as the key Senate vote on a variety of topics (from infrastructure to voting rights), never shied away from the spotlight and, as a lifetime Democrat, worked for a Republican governor in the Mountain State.

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What is RCA? It is the process of identifying the root causes of problems and issues for future mitigation and prevention solutions. It’s going upstream, tracing beginnings or origins of what went wrong to keep them from happening again. This is effective for businesses, accident investigati…

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Bob Dylan has a song titled, “Gotta serve somebody,” that punctuated the reality that we humans will “serve” or worship somebody or something no matter what status we hold in life or endeavors we accomplish. Many have identified with that sentiment by recognizing the spiritual truth embodied…

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Alert to the fact that Donald Trump loves to riff, some party operatives are bracing for off-the-cuff zingers directed at Republican Party Trump dissidents, when the former president speaks this weekend in North Carolina.

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Before you give me credit for being a voracious reader, let me explain that I was drafted to spend a week away from home, and we decided to skip TV and read every night. I also realize most of you have more pressing realities to deal with like raising kids, working, and simply getting on wit…

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Liz Cheney, representative from Wyoming, spoke last week on the floor of the House of Representatives, hours before she was booted from her leadership position by House Republicans.

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A milestone is an event that means something has been achieved or changed. According to my records this is my 100th published article with the Greene County Messenger. It has been and continues to be a blessing for me and hopefully for any thoughtful readers. But that got me to thinking abou…

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Days after a group of state senators took preemptive aim at so-called vaccine passports, another state lawmaker is pushing a sweeping ban on private businesses requiring immunizations.

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In Economics 101, the principle of supply and demand is explained. In the most simplistic terms, it comes out like this: The amount, or worth of “something,” is determined by how much someone is willing to pay for that something. Generally, the more of something that is available, the worth …