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Friday 07/31/2015
Where are you going, little one?
Updated: July 31, 2015 - 11:18 am

Last week, an unmanned spaceship named New Horizons, nine months after departing Earth, zipped within 8,000 miles of our last planet, and continued on toward well, we're really not sure what it will find. But that's the point of such trips, isn't it.

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Thursday 07/30/2015
I wish I had said
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 8:32 am

From time to time we all regret not having said something. Someone gives an opinion that you totally disagreed with, and you don't offer your view. Possibly a statement is made that you know to be false, and you don't bother to point out the error. Or maybe someone says something to you that is hurtful and unkind, or complimentary and encouraging and you let it pass with no effort to rebuff the insult or acknowledge the compliment. In any of these situations, you may later tell yourself, "I wish I had said. . ."

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Tuesday 07/28/2015
Truck issue decades old
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 8:33 am

I was somewhat surprised to read in the Gettysburg Times that the Gettysburg Borough Council has resurrected the truck issue that I thought had been settled about ten years ago. But since apparently not, I would like to offer some background on the matter based upon my experience and recollection as a former council member.

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Monday 07/27/2015
Consider second chances
Updated: July 30, 2015 - 8:33 am

One out of every 99 U.S. citizens is behind bars. That's amazing.

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Saturday 07/25/2015
Hayes' Hits: Sudden death, lasting impact
Updated: July 25, 2015 - 10:35 am

Did you ever think about what your own funeral would be like? Morbid thought, I know; but the amount of people at a funeral is a good indication of the impact someone had people's lives and what people actually thought about the person.

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Reporter's Notebook: Let's get serious
Updated: July 25, 2015 - 10:36 am

Holly Fletcher

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Wednesday 07/22/2015
Time to end stalemate
Posted: July 22, 2015

We are three weeks into an unnecessary budget stalemate. By vetoing a responsible spending plan, Gov. Tom Wolf is withholding billions of dollars in undisputed state and federal funds, since two-thirds of the line items in that plan distributed either the same or more money than he requested. While the governor does have line-item veto power, he chose to veto the entire plan, something that has not happened in more than 40 years. Does this sound like "working with the Legislature" to you? It doesn't sound that way to me either.

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Tuesday 07/21/2015
The rich are winning
Posted: July 21, 2015

In my last column, I included a quote from economist Adams Smith's book "The Wealth of Nations" (1776), in which he postulated the theory of the Invisible Hand. He wrote, "The rich...are led by an invisible hand to make nearly the same distribution of the necessaries of life, which would have been made had the earth been divided into equal portions among all its inhabitants, and thus without intending it, without knowing it, advance the interest of the society..."

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Monday 07/20/2015
Symbolic step is a start
Updated: July 21, 2015 - 7:52 am

It's merely a symbol, but it's down.

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Saturday 07/18/2015
Hayes' Hits: Progress does not happen overnight
Updated: July 18, 2015 - 10:42 am

There are not too many hard news stories that cause everyone to cheer. Usually, people are on one side or another of an issue and heavy debate ensues. Sometimes the debate is productive, but other times it spirals into personal attacks.

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Reporter's Notebook: Keep them guessing
Updated: July 18, 2015 - 10:41 am

Vanessa Pellechio

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Thursday 07/16/2015
Vetoes jeopardize millions in state funding, revenue, savings
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 8:57 am

Negotiations continue following Gov. Tom Wolf's veto of the state budget, as well as liquor privatization and pension reform bills passed in both the House and Senate.

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Tuesday 07/14/2015
Flying flag important to freedom of speech
Posted: July 14, 2015

I grew up in a blue collar, ethnically enriched community of the coal region. There I was taught a healthy appreciation of diversity. As a young boy, my family spent most of our summers in Smithsburg, Md., where my mother was raised. My father was a devoted student of the Civil War. Whenever we walked through the various battlefields, my father would teach me about the great sacrifices made by both the North and the South. At our home in Wilkes-Barre, we would paint military miniatures and build dioramas. My father had volumes of books on military uniforms. Historical accuracy was crucial to my father. As we painted, he would teach. My father was the recipient of two purple hearts during World War II. He experienced the horror of war and believed I should know that side of it.

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Monday 07/13/2015
Condemn the trumpeting!
Updated: July 13, 2015 - 6:15 pm

Admittedly, it is a remarkable diversion, Donald Trump's sideshow, that is. He is brash, outspoken and thrives in the limelight. His specialty appears to be outrageous behavior. He also appears to enjoy bullying folks. Wasn't that the highlight of his show "The Apprentice"? Didn't he take undue pleasure in trumpeting, "You're fired"? I ask because I could never bring myself to watch his show, so all I know is what the show's promotional ads revealed.

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Saturday 07/11/2015
Reporter's Notebook: The beat goes on
Updated: July 13, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Tom Fontana

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Hayes' Hits: Room for more
Updated: July 13, 2015 - 6:16 pm

We are seeing some positive signs in Gettysburg.

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Friday 07/10/2015
Illegal alien has nothing to do with it
Updated: July 10, 2015 - 10:03 am

The national network news reported a young women shot and killed July 1 on a San Francisco pier. She was reportedly out for a stroll with her dad and a family friend.

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Thursday 07/09/2015
Medicare at fifty needs to grow
Posted: July 09, 2015

In America everybody has a healthcare story. A bill impossible to read, an inscrutable "additional" charge, trouble getting insurance, trouble keeping it, a friend or family member who's fallen between the coverage "cracks."

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Tuesday 07/07/2015
0707Berg
Posted: July 07, 2015

As I sat sandwiched in my seat in steerage, a/k/a tourist class, during my flight home from vacation, I got to thinking about the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age in was the period from the 1870s to about 1900. The term was coined by Mark Twain in his 1873 novel "The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today," which satirized an era in post-Civil War America when serious social problems, greed, and political problems were covered over by a thin layer of gold. "Gilded Age" is not to be confused with an ideal "Golden Age," a time of harmony and prosperity.

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Monday 07/06/2015
Believe it! It's real!
Updated: July 06, 2015 - 9:16 am

According to some folks, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is stirring up trouble, again. His latest action went nearly unnoticed in the news cycle because his 184-page letter was released, at noon, Thursday, June 18. That was the day after the murders of nine blacks in a church basement in Charleston, S.C., and we were, understandably, caught up in that moment.

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