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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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‘Dueling’ downtown festivals: The rest of the story

An Opinion By Tony DeLoreto INDIANA – A recent account of last month’s sixth annual Northern Appalachian Folk Festival only scratched the surface of the reported “dueling” between festival organizers. The two organizations have a common origin in former Indiana University … Continue reading

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Indiana County’s new eye in the sky

By David Loomis INDIANA – On Saturday, a state police helicopter drew donuts in the night sky atop a shaft of searchlight over downtown during IUP Homecoming 2018 weekend. The roar of the low-flying chopper was inescapable, its beam accentuating … Continue reading

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Mary Cease and Indiana County’s Catch 22

An Opinion  By David Loomis INDIANA — No wonder Mary Cease, of Clymer, wants to flee Indiana County. Its housing authority has repeatedly denied federal assistance to the medical-marijuana patient in a classic case of Catch 22. In Joseph Heller’s … Continue reading

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Beer cups, Indiana borough and the experience economy

An Opinion By David Loomis INDIANA – For its preview of the sixth annual Northern Appalachian Folk Festival earlier this month, The Indiana Gazette went with a conflict angle in the headline: “Dueling folk festivals scheduled this weekend for downtown,” … Continue reading

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