Author Archives: David Loomis

‘Year of the Woman’ in Western Pennsylvania

The HawkEye interview By David Loomis INDIANA – In federal and state elections, 2018 was the Year of the Woman 2.0. Except here. On Nov. 6, Susan Boser, of Indiana, an IUP sociology professor, lost by 62-38 percent to five-term … Continue reading

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Here comes the sun

An analysis By David Loomis INDIANA – A front-page story in The Indiana Gazette on Sunday reported on this year’s local weather. Slow news day? Hardly. The story was about a superlative – wettest on record in Indiana County. “Through … Continue reading

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Burrell Township’s missing link

An opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – When it comes to a decade-long plan to build a roughly $3 million bridge to bear bike and foot traffic safely above busy U.S. routes 119 and 22 at Blairsville, supervisors of neighboring … Continue reading

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Election 2018: a youth wave at IUP

By Nathan Zisk and David Loomis INDIANA – Local election returns show that Indiana University of Pennsylvania students generated a youth wave in Indiana County’s Nov. 6 balloting, a local political activist said. The university’s two polling places are Pratt … Continue reading

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Incumbent trivializing of the 2018 election

An Opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – The campaign lacked substantive issues, despite a national agenda begging for debate and action. Polls showed the Republican candidate was not very popular.  His supporters decided to go negative with an attack ad … Continue reading

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Trick or treating the property tax

An Opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – ‘Tis the season — Halloween’s coincidence with midterm elections. Trick or treat? This week, consider Donald Trump, who managed to freak out members of his own party with his Tuesday remarks about birthright … Continue reading

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A vigil in Indiana for Pittsburgh

INDIANA — On Sunday morning, the word spread on social media: “Vigil for the tragedy in Pittsburgh at 7 pm on the Courthouse steps. Spread the word.” The call echoed in communities around the country. In Indiana, Pa., hundreds heeded … Continue reading

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IUP’s ‘year of free speech’

An Opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – At a rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday night, President Trump addressed the bi-coastal bomb-scare that blanketed news media that day. He mouthed words about unity. Then the divider-in-chief returned to blaming “mainstream media” … Continue reading

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‘The vision thing’ and climate change

An Opinion  By David Loomis INDIANA — Tonight, candidates seeking to represent Indiana County (and the rest of the sprawling 15th Congressional District) in Washington may appear on the same stage in Centre County. This could be a rare moment … Continue reading

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A focus on fascism

An Opinion By David Loomis INDIANA — Is it just me? Or is a focus on fascism pervasive in media at this moment? Maybe it’s me. After absorbing the 2016 presidential election, especially the part about Russian interference and Trump’s … Continue reading

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