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Budget impasse justifies worries at area libraries

December 26, 2015 I am, by nature, a worrier and fretter. I worry about things I think I cannot change. I fret about decisions that are, somewhat, in my control. more »»

Open Line

December 26, 2015 Editor’s note: Comments published in the Open Line reflect the views of the caller, and not The Sentinel. more »»

The best presents

December 19, 2015 Books, as well as newspaper and magazine subscriptions make the BEST presents! And here is how I know this to be the truth. more »»

Dear Santa

December 12, 2015 The staff of the Mifflin and Juniata county libraries have been very good boys and girls this year ... well, most of us have been good ... OK, some of us have been good .. more »»

Balance must be struck between national security and compassion

December 11, 2015 A photo of a little boy lying face down on a Turkish beach. His cheek resting against the sand as if he were sleeping, except for the waves rushing to meet him. more »»

The lasting effects of December 7, 1941

December 7, 2015 I miss a man I never met. Howard Keniston. He had two sons. He lost two sons. On the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941—a day that shall indeed “forever live in infamy. more »»

Why don’t you ...

December 5, 2015 I (mostly) love it when someone appears in my office door and wants to help me do my job and/or make a suggestion about how the library can better serve the community. more »»

Thanks for life’s many blessings

November 28, 2015 As November comes to an end, and we rush forth into the holiday season, I hope I continue to be thankful each day for life’s many blessings. more »»

This Thanksgiving, remember the good times in our history

November 24, 2015 An Ohio farm girl’s 1895 ride over a mountain is a metaphor for why we’re thankful for being Americans. more »»

Thankful again

November 14, 2015 Last week, I said, “It’s never too late to say thank yo. more »»

Affordable living through energy efficiency

November 14, 2015 The housing market is gaining momentum. Mifflin County last year issued its most building permits since 2010. An increase in construction is not only good news for the economy. more »»

A day late?

November 7, 2015 Sometimes, I feel like I am a day late and a dollar short. Sunday, Nov. 1 an interesting post appeared in my Facebook newsfeed. more »»

And the killer is …

October 31, 2015 Are you a mystery reader? Mysteries are the second most popular fiction genre around the world. Why do we like these novels so much? Perhaps it’s the examination of the clues and solving the crime. more »»

Just in case vs just in time … Part 2

October 24, 2015 Do you remember last week’s column? It was such a seminal piece that I know you are just waiting with bated breath for this week. (I only suffer from delusions of grandeur occasionally. more »»

The empty words of politicians

October 22, 2015 At the recent televised debate among candidates for the Democrats’ nomination for president, Hillary Clinton declared that “the wealthy pay too little” in taxes and “the middle class pays too much. more »»

Just in case vs just in time … Part 1

October 17, 2015 I’m going into my teacher/educator/instructor mode (with a little rant thrown in) for the next two columns because I want to fuss at you about “collection development. more »»

Amid uncertainty, county’s begin work on 2016 budgets

October 10, 2015 GUEST OPINION On Friday, the state’s budget impasse officially stretched beyond the historic 101 day mark reached in 2009, leaving counties struggling to manage the impacts of delayed payments and... more »»

Shorthand for all generations

September 26, 2015 There I sat at Senator Jake Corman’s Senior Expo yakking away to attendees and passing out post-it notes ... more »»

Professions of Faith

September 18, 2015 “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. more »»

September is workforce development month

September 14, 2015 The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals has set aside the month of September to recognize and honor the contributions that workforce development staff all over the country ar... more »»



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