Monthly Archives: July 2019

Indiana County’s opioid epidemic, by the numbers

An election-year analysis By David Loomis INDIANA — Last week, well into the second century of the nation’s endless war on drugs, The Washington Post and The New York Times independently reported on the opioid epidemic with an element absent … Continue reading

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Reviewing Burrell’s bike-path roadblock

An opinion By David Loomis INDIANA — Last week, it finally dawned on Burrell Township supervisors that their lonely four-year fight against a decade-long effort to extend a regional network of bicycle and pedestrian pathways across their dominion lacked one … Continue reading

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Immigration debate erupts on sidewalks of 7th Street

By David Loomis INDIANA – A heated national debate over immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border echoed for an hour on opposite sidewalks in downtown Indiana on Friday evening. Social media earlier in the week had promoted the 5:30-6:30 p.m. protest … Continue reading

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Road rage at 11th and Philadelphia

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – For a half century the borough’s population has been sliding. In 1970, the U.S. Census recorded 16,100 residents; in 2010, the head count dropped to 13,975, a decline of 13 percent. The 2020 … Continue reading

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Parsimony and partisanship in Harrisburg

An opinion By David Loomis INDIANA — The nation’s largest full-time state  legislature checked out of Harrisburg last week for a summer-long vacation after passing a $34 billion budget just in time for the new fiscal year, an achievement for … Continue reading

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