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Squirrel Hill

Leave it to my mother, the daughter of Irish Catholic Republicans from Pittsburgh, to move our small family to Squirrel Hill in the 1950s.


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The healthcare election

Some analysts say the coming midterm election is a referendum on President Donald Trump. But judging from the political television ads this season the election is also about healthcare. The Wesleyan Media Project said it this way: “It’s official: the 2018 midterms are about healthcare.


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Grandpa’s ride

My truck was at the mechanic, which was about a mile from the train station, not a bad walk at all. It was pouring, and I had foolishly turned down a ride from a friend on the train, thinking my rain jacket and hat would be enough. Man, was I wrong. As I stepped from the train, the heavens opened and I made a mad dash for the shelter.


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Religious symbols on public property

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other founding fathers believed that a “wall of separation” should exist between church and state. They therefore created the Establishment Clause of First Amendment, which says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...”


Lord have Mercer
Cartoon submitted by Andy Weil of Summitville, NY

[The Mercers are a Long-Island-based family who are major supporters (e.g., $25 million in 2016 political contributions by Rebekah Mercer) of various Republican and conservative groups, including Donald Trump, Breitbart News, and conservative advocacy group Reclaim New York. They have also contributed to Faso’s campaign both directly and through super-PACs.]

Letters to the Editor 10/18/18

Light it up!

As a former member of the Honesdale Borough Council, I am greatly disturbed by the attempt to remove the star and cross from historic Irving Cliff, which is part of Gibbon’s Park.


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Going over the cliff

Next time you’re in Honesdale, PA, give yourself a treat and drive (or walk!) up to Irving Cliff. It’s an ideal spot for a family picnic or a romantic moment, and the view it provides of our little borough is, well, spectacular. While you’re there, you can’t help but notice a tall piece of scaffolding, festooned with lightbulbs.

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