Author Archives: David Loomis

Black life, White life, Indiana, Pa.

Q&A: Melvin A. Jenkins By David Loomis INDIANA – On the last day of Black History Month 2021, Melvin Jenkins – a local professor, pastor, politician – discussed the state of local race relations. Dr. Jenkins, 65, a resident of … Continue reading

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Indiana County’s partly sunny Sunshine Act

Opinion By David Loomis INDIANA –  Good news: Indiana County commissioners on Wednesday convened a public meeting at which they signaled belated awareness of state law – specifically, Section 710.1(a) of Title 65, the statute governing public participation in the … Continue reading

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Partisan fiddling with the franchise

Opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – Maybe you missed the news last month: “Pennsylvania leads the nation in proposed voter suppression legislation in 2021, with 14 restrictive policy proposals.” (By February, the commonwealth slipped to second place behind Arizona’s 19 … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania’s bipartisan vote to convict

By The HawkEye staff INDIANA — On Feb. 13, Pennsylvania became the only state whose U.S. Senate delegation cast bipartisan votes to convict impeached ex-President Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. U.S. Sens. … Continue reading

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‘Suppressing people’s rights to make public comments’

Coronavirus diary By David Loomis INDIANA – Make it three straight for Republican county commissioners. That’s how many consecutive public meetings in which the county board’s two-member majority has exhibited or encouraged – incited — intolerance of viewpoints they dislike. … Continue reading

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Indiana County, community immunity and the infodemic

Coronavirus diary By David Loomis INDIANA – Partisan rancor has been on their unofficial agenda since Indiana County commissioners’ December meeting when they unanimously approved a double-digit tax hike, the largest in memory. At their early-January meeting, the majority Republican … Continue reading

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White Township’s whatchamacallit

Opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – Thank goodness White Township Supervisor Gail L. McCauley clarified that whole debate over White’s Woods, the 250-acre recreational forest that straddles the boundary between the township and neighboring Indiana borough. During supervisors’ Wednesday night … Continue reading

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Covid-19 Indiana County updates

By The HawkEye staff INDIANA — Data published today by The New York Times and by the Pennsylvania Department of Health provide up-to-date information on Covid-19 infections, tests, hospitalizations and deaths in every U.S. county. Following is a visualization of … Continue reading

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End of the tunnel: state and local lights

Coronavirus diary: an opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – For the past year, poor leadership plagued the nation’s pandemic response from the White House to the county courthouse. Trump talked too much but had no plan;  Indiana County had a … Continue reading

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Another year in court for Grant Township

By Sara Stewart INDIANA — The latest lawsuit filed against Grant Township wasn’t terribly surprising to the board of supervisors. But it was still exhausting, in a Groundhog Day kind of way. According to the oil and gas company Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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