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Should the Democrats retain Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House of Representatives?

How do you seat 20 guests at a table that holds only eight? That’s a puzzle I work on every year when Thanksgiving rolls around. You’d think by now I could solve it. But try as I might, the pieces never quite fit.

A year ago Nov. 10, I was involved in a car accident in front of the Masonic Building on Chestnut Street. I was unpacking our car when a distracted driver hit me from behind. This led to my being taken to the Meadville hospital and then helicoptered to UPMC Hamot in Erie where my injuries we…

We live in tough times. Whether you’re watching TV, reading the newspaper or looking at your smart phone, the news is all around us and it’s usually the same thing: more examples of mass shootings and acts of terrorism, more reports of destructive weather, more divisive stories involving pol…

Few things make me happier than indulging in a deep philosophical discussion with one of my favorite philosophers about our favorite topic: Life.

For many decades the world has been threatened with nuclear bombs from North Korea. None of our presidents have been able to stop this menace from developing the bomb and eventually the missiles and delivery system to even reach America.

This is for the forgotten players of football — the linemen on both side of the ball. They played the game for years, never having a chance to make the big money but they took the big hits and suffered through the injuries.

For much of my adult life, I have been researching the relationship between culture and poverty. As a result, when I discovered an opportunity to help educate the public about issues related to poverty and homelessness as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Crawford County Mental Health Awareness P…

After more than 20 years at Meadville Overhead Door, Mary Marley is retiring. Mary has been the full-time office manager since taking over the responsibilities from Lottie Schmalzried (the matriarch of Meadville Overhead Door) in 2005. Prior to that, Mary worked alongside Lottie doing accoun…

I think the cartoonist on Oct. 16 has gone too far with the old saying, there are too many hypocrites in the church, therefore I will not go to church. Answer: Come on in, there's room for one more!

In many ways, President Donald J. Trump is the best thing to happen to the GOP in recent memory. He’s energized our base and brought new voters into the Republican fold. He’s advocated a bold agenda. Because of his policies, our economy is growing at a record pace. He has instituted regulato…

The news reports I read on Foxnews.com and CNN.com on Oct. 24 stated that the suspicious and explosive packages mailed to various government officials were aimed at Democrats, including a former president and a former first lady. According to Fox and CNN, members of the media were also targe…

Are you or someone in your family on Social Security and Medicare? Do you have a relative in nursing care or child health insurance paid by Medicaid? Do you have health care through the Affordable Care Act?

Regarding the letter written by Jeannie Trudell on Oct. 20 condemning the Democratic Party for comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters and former Attorney General Eric Holder relating to several incidents against Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sen. Rand Paul and Congressman Steve Scalise: Both Holder a…

Rep. Mike Kelly tries to frame himself as a healthcare advocate for children. However, in the past he has compared cancer to drug addiction and alcoholism. Kelly also voted to increase premiums for people, including children, who have pre-existing conditions. Due to his vote, if researchers …

Usually I don't say much in the wake of mass public shootings because all I can contribute is along the lines of "my heart goes out to the victims and their families." However, in the case of the recent Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, this one hits much closer to home, and there is somethin…

On Nov. 6, voters need to bear in mind a few things before casting their ballot for an individual — will this person work to better our town, county, district, state and especially, our individual lives? Will they be open to meeting with you, have in-person town hall meetings or will they hi…

Jeannie Trudell wrote (Oct. 20) that the left is "bullying" the right's politicians. It is not "bullying" when someone tries to do a mass shooting. That's domestic terrorism.

It’s hard to watch network news or read the paper because of the constant barrage of meaningless attacks on our president and now the first lady.

When the “alternative facts” out of Washington get exhausting, I imagine myself in one of Walt Disney’s animated masterpieces, his 1940 version of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 tale of Pinocchio, whose nose grew longer every time he told a lie.

I write to commend Anna Gooding-Call for her letter in your Oct. 18 edition (“We can beat climate change”). She is a member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) in Salem, Massachusetts; and her letter mentions carbon fee and dividend, a process which CCL is advocating for implementation at the f…

After reading Ms. Marcia Metcalfe's letter to the letter in the Oct. 20 edition of the Tribune, I feel compelled to respond. Ms. Metcalfe correctly asserts that the voting public needs to know where the candidates stand prior to casting our votes in a few short weeks.

Election to public office, and its inherent opportunity to become part of something bigger than oneself and serve the greater good, is a gift few people receive and even fewer measure up to.

Now that the attempt to defeat Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court failed spectacularly, the political left is having a temper tantrum. Leaders of the Democrat party, including Hillary Clinton are urging their followers to “get in the faces” of those who oppose their policies. …

This November, we all have a chance to change a very antiquated system of taxing homeowners and businesses in Pennsylvania out of their livelihood.

Our Meadville region is blessed with numerous historic and scenic attractions. Our once busy and productive area has slumped considerably in recent years, but potentially stands to improve through the attraction of visitors, including bus tours. We have numerous railroad, machine shop, cultu…

The MASH Marching Band Boosters would like to thank everyone who helped with the MASH Fall Classic. This year’s Fall Classic was held on Oct. 13 at Bender Field in Meadville.

Mr. McDermott's letter shows us why the current Republican Party has had to stoop to all-time lows to keep power. They have suppressed voter's rights, gerrymandered, fear mongered and pandered to the absolute worst of our nature to advance an agenda which serves only the top 1 percent while …

With the mockery of the Supreme Court appointment system by the Senate and president, we have seen the Republican Party drop all pretenses of ethics, morality and civility. While some may revel in the appointment of someone clearly incapable of non-partisan and non ideological jurying, the l…

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “sedition” as “A stirring up of rebellion against the government.” It has been reported that George Soros is paying people to stage demonstrations. He is a naturalized citizen. Why hasn’t he been deported and/or serving a 20-year sentence in federal pris…

Your cartoon in Tuesday's paper, depicting an alligator saying "you'll never see me in a Catholic Church" because he's afraid of predators, was rank anti-Catholic profiling. Do you really think sexual abuse of minors is exclusively a Catholic problem? Are you unaware — as your state's attorn…

When was the last time Crawford County had a state senator who really cared about our county? Sue Ann Mulvey, who is running to represent us in the state Senate, has deep family roots in Crawford County.

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