Author Archives: David Loomis

Why I am a journalist: a 2019 commencement address

By Paula Reed Ward The author graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s journalism program in 1996. On April 15, she and a team of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staffers won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for their coverage of the … Continue reading

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Boser v. Pittman: Inherit the wind. And the sun.

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – Joe Pittman’s campaign mailers recall journalist H.L. Mencken covering the Scopes “monkey” trial in 1925. The sensational case, depicted in the film “Inherit the Wind” (1960), centered on Tennessee’s “anti-evolution law and the … Continue reading

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Pittman v. Boser: politics, policy and property taxes

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – One of the sharper contrasts between Republican Joe Pittman and Democrat Susan Boser emerged about 27 minutes into their May 2 broadcast debate at Butler County Community College. In what may be the … Continue reading

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The imagination of Chancellor Dan

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – Daniel Greenstein, new chancellor of the state system of higher education, visited system member IUP last week to deliver bad news with a boyish grin in front of an overflow audience at the Hadley … Continue reading

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Mary Cease’s marijuana appeal

A fact-check By David Loomis INDIANA — On Thursday, The Indiana Gazette reported atop its front page that medical-marijuana patient Mary S. Cease, the Clymer woman denied assistance by an Indiana County housing agency and by a local judiciary gripped … Continue reading

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The future of free speech: coddled or gritty?

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – A couple of the biggest names in Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s yearlong “free speech project” came to campus last week. The two speakers echoed an embrace of First Amendment principles but differed on … Continue reading

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The growing pro-marijuana majority

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – On substance, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s marijuana listening tour that barnstormed through Indiana County on Palm Sunday produced few surprises. Including the preaching. Several churchmen spoke but none spoke in favor of the … Continue reading

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For neighborhood schools in Indiana Area School District

At issue By Peter Broad (Peter Broad is president of the Indiana borough council. He delivered these remarks to the Indiana Area School District Board of Directors during its public comment period on Monday, April 8.) INDIANA — Thank you … Continue reading

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A buggy ride to an Amish auction

A photo feature By David Loomis INDIANA – On Friday, Anthony Frazier hitched a ride he couldn’t refuse — in a horse-drawn Amish buggy to an Amish horse-and-buggy auction at an Amish barn in Strongstown. And he got to take … Continue reading

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The voice of Armstrong County?

An opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – John Placek, the hate-speech billboard guy in Worthington, Pa., has achieved his stated goal – to spark a “conversation” about race in America. Spark, indeed. When WTAE-TV, the ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, filmed … Continue reading

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