Author Archives: David Loomis

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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Survey: Burrell supervisors, citizens on different bike paths

By Nathan Zisk BLACK LICK – For four years, Burrell township supervisors have clashed with Indiana County officials over prioritized construction of a grant-funded, bicycle and pedestrian path and bridge through the township. But a new survey conducted in and … Continue reading

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Grant Township v. Goliath

An opinion By Stacy Long GRANT TOWNSHIP — This missive addresses Mike Butler, author of a May 28 letter to the editor of The Indiana Gazette. Mr. Butler, mid-Atlantic executive director of Consumer Energy Alliance, made a wildly condescending attempt … Continue reading

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The new tornado alley

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – Last week’s severe weather made banner headlines in The Indiana Gazette, and not because it was a slow news week. On May 28: “Two tornadoes confirmed in Indiana County.” On May 29: “New … Continue reading

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Senator Pittman’s constituents

An analysis By David Loomis and Nathan Zisk INDIANA – As he celebrated on election night last week, Republican state Sen.-elect Joe Pittman responded to his Democratic opponent’s pointed campaign assertion that she refused to take corporate political-action-committee donations. “Corporate … Continue reading

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Town-gown comity during annual ‘senior bar crawl’

  An analysis By David Loomis and Nathan Zisk INDIANA – You may have missed it. On Saturday, May 4, IUP students indulged in yet another “high celebratory event,” as the university euphemizes. It was the annual “senior bar crawl,” … Continue reading

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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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