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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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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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