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I have decided not to run for re-election. Those closest to me encouraged me to accept the challenge to serve as District Attorney and understand my reasons for choosing not to seek another term. They have essentially served along with me so I will always be grateful for their encouragement …

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A problem that affects and hurts a lot of American families is the high cost of a college education. I’d like to propose that we turn college student loans into college student scholarships so that one day every college graduate will not have to start their working lives deeply in debt.

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Note: The following came together after reading the Letter to the Editor by Larry A. Douglas published in the Messenger’s November 9-15 issue under the title “Opinion: The Caravan is a real threat to our country.”

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Do you believe that your local elementary school should lock the doors when school is in session? How about the middle school or high school?

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As a member of the federal community who served our country for years, I am concerned with an attempt to force current U.S. Postal Service retirees onto Medicare Part B, after they previously declined this coverage. While hailed as a way to improve USPS’ finances, this is nothing more than b…

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I was raised in the Catholic faith. I attended Saint Canice Church and school in Pittsburgh, grades 1 through 12. Our graduation was in 1959. I was taught by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Baden, Pa., an exemplary group of women that taught us well. They are still very active at their Baden lo…

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Soon our Senators and Congressmen will be making some important decisions about the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — also known as SNAP and formerly known as food stamps. We need to make certain that they give careful consideration to the facts and not fall prey to e…

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Colonoscopies are proven to prevent colorectal cancer and save lives, but any added costs can be a deterrent from getting screened. Skipping recommended screenings could mean a patient receives a later-stage colorectal cancer diagnosis that can be more expensive to treat and harder to survive.

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The Fort Jackson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution once again are asking area churches, synagogues and spiritual organizations to take part in Allegiance Sunday.

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The light twinkle of the eyes and grin of James (Fuzzy) Randolph was always at the ready for storytelling, music and laughter. His joy brought happiness to anyone just being around him. Even the most down person couldn’t help being lifted up by the sound of a favorite song on a trilling harmonica.

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Elie Wiesel died on Monday. He was one of the last great living authors of the Holocaust. His book “Night” was one I read as a boy. It was a bit of literature that left its mark on my psyche.

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As most people in this area know, when July and August comes around it’s fair time. Southwest Pennsylvania has a number of the best fairs in Pennsylvania. In fact, there are four fairs in Greene County and Washington County alone.

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Kudos to Waynesburg University Bonner Scholar Sydney Green and her team of students, faculty, family and community members who planned and executed the Empty Bowls Greene County event this past Sunday, April 3, to raise money for the Greene County Weekend Food (Backpack) Program.

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I am writing in reference to the article published in the Greene County Messenger on the April 1-7, 2016 issue titled “Statues tell history of U.S. war, unity.”

Death Notices

COLLINS - Marc A., 62, of Waynesburg, August 6.

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