Author Archives: David Loomis

Purchase Line school board’s gun debate

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – In political discussions about guns in schools, facts have come late to the debate. This appears evident among some members of the Purchase Line School Board. At a recent meeting a year into … Continue reading

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Week in review: Snapchat III at IUP

An analysis By Nathan Zisk INDIANA – With almost metronomic regularity, another racist Snapchat riled IUP students and rocked campus administrators last week – for the third time since December 2015. The Sept. 6 video shows IUP criminology student Nicholas … Continue reading

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Yet another racist Snapchat

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – On Dec. 8, 2015, the first day of fall-semester final exams at IUP. a racist Snapchat photo went viral and roiled the campus. On Dec. 9, university President Michael Driscoll addressed 50 protesters … Continue reading

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Too toxic to trash

An opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – On Saturday, Indiana County’s recycling center will host its fourth special collection of hazardous household waste. In three earlier one-day events dating to September 2017, the center reports citizens recycled nearly 12 tons … Continue reading

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Academic, economic new year resolutions

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – “Best wishes for a strong start to this new year,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said in concluding his Aug. 23 State of the University remarks to open its 2019-2020 academic year, his eighth … Continue reading

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Herding cats during dog days with deer

An opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – While lamenting deer overpopulation during the dog days of summer, borough Council early this month performed a public service by alerting cat owners to the long reach of a local ordinance – specifically, … Continue reading

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Zombie property-tax ‘reform’

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – A banner headline on the front page of The Indiana Gazette recently featured a familiar idea from an unfamiliar lawmaker. Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, proposes to eliminate the property tax in Pennsylvania, and … Continue reading

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Indiana County’s digital divide, reset

An analysis By David Loomis ERNEST – In early May, Blue Spruce Park, a gem of the Indiana County Parks & Trails system, hosted an environmental competition that drew 150 students and county Commissioner Rodney D. Ruddock. Enthused by the … Continue reading

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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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