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  • By Patti Slaughter
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The book of Ecclesiastes is often attributed to King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. Though he was wise in many ways, King Solomon was not perfect. But he did realize that there has to be a balance in our lives, and perhaps his most recognized writing is that in the third chapter, in…

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The Brookville Borough Council had one of its native sons propose a Riverwalk project this week. Many seem to be already in favor of it and it would beautify the area along the rivers that converge in Brookville.

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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Not everyone is drawn to small town living. Some people prefer the anonymity of city living. And while I will grant that city living may offer a wider variety of restaurants or more chances to attend top star performances, it still doesn’t have what we find here in Jefferson County.

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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I had the pleasure a week or so ago to sit down with Ellen Neyman for a chat. I had heard her comment that she lived on the family farm and that the farm had been in her family for more than 100 years. That fact prompted me to reach out to Ellen to learn more. She graciously agreed to talk w…

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Do you know anyone who has a treasure chest, where they keep mementos of special moments from their past? Those hidden treasures might be a flower, a ribbon, a card, a coin – anything that brings back memories of a person or time that we want to remember always.

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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Saturday was a beautiful day in Brookville. The day itself was cold despite the sunshine, but the weather wasn’t what made it such a beautiful day. The people who braved the cold to do for others is what really warms the heart.

  • By Patti Slaughter
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With the recent school shootings and even threats of violence in our own high school, safety for those in the schools has become a daily topic of conversation. The questions I hear most often is “Why” and “How could this happen?”

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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We are bombarded daily with bad news. So much so we begin to think that is all there is.

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This morning the daily thought on my desk calendar asked a question: “If it were against the law to be a Christian, would there be enough evidence in your life to convict you?”

  • By Joy Norwood Jeffersonian-Democrat Editor
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How often have we heard in recent years about the dangers of texting and driving? Alas, nothing seems to change though as we drive along. People are forever looking at their cellphones.

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Saturday night – or was it Sunday morning? – we lost an hour of sleep as we turned our clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time.

  • By Laura Lynn Yohe
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BROOKVILLE — My perspective of Randon “Randy” Bartley, as editor of the Jeffersonian-Democrat newspaper, initiated in November of 1994 when one of the several freelance writers at the time, Joey Ann Payne, introduced me to him.

  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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This edition marks the close of another year, a year that has brought with it tragedy and triumph. We all know the bad news but maybe we should look at the good news.

  • By Patti Slaughter
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Had I been a reporter in Israel around 2000 years ago, on this week in time I might have written a story something like this:

  • By Patti Slaughter
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One of the things I like best about Christmas comes when we have a free evening and can just start driving, looking at all the beautiful Christmas decorations and lights.

  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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Recently Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill that expanded gambling “opportunities” in Pennsylvania. This was part of the deal to try and balance Pennsylvania’s budget. It was a bad deal.

  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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Veterans Day is an event that is often overlooked these days. It wasn’t always so. Not so very long ago the streets would be lined with people honoring veterans. There would be a parade and marching bands.

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  • By Randy Bartley J-D Editor
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History is a great teacher. History shows us the problems faced by our ancestors and how they resolved those problems. A study of history also illustrates two things: We seldom learn from our previous mistakes and, secondly the human condition, in spite of our great advances in technology, h…

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Tomorrow (Friday) is a day loved by pranksters of all ages — it’s April Fool’s Day.

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It was nothing short of an Easter miracle: Pennsylvania has a budget! The nine month old budget impasse has ended when HB 1801 went into effect.

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We are hearing a lot about plans these days. Having a plan is a good thing. Hopefully having a good plan will avoid pitfalls and save the government, that is to say you and me, money.

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In this life we meet many people. Some of them pass through almost unnoticed but others have a substantial impact. One of those people was William D. “Daisy” Gilbert.

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  • By Randy Bartley
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I am a political junkie. That means I am one of those people who watch debates and stays up late to watch primary results.

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  • By Randy Bartley
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Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over” and the Pennsylvania budget battle is far from over.

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  • By Randy Bartley
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I am always amused by the antics of the Hollywood elite. These self-important people are never shy about sharing their opinions with the common folk. By common folks I mean the average Joe and Josephine on the street who pay their hard earned money to see these folks pretend to be something …

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  • By Randy Bartley
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National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was observed on Saturday, Jan. 9. It was a day overlooked by most Americans but it should not have been. This day does not get the national spotlight like other special days. There are no parades, no mass meetings or rallies attended by noted orators…

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  • By Randy Bartley
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It is always fun to pull out the old crystal ball, gaze into the orb and try to predict the future. I looked deeply into my “crystal ball” and came up with my own set of predictions.

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  • By Patti Slaughter
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In just a few hours Christmas trees around the world will be surrounded by gaily wrapped packages of all shapes and sizes. Each of those gifts will have names on them, showing to whom and from whom they are given.

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  • By Randy Bartley
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I have often been accused of being a big kid at heart. My wife told me that I enjoyed taking the grandboys shopping for toys because it legitimized my secret desire to buy toys.

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  • By Harold Pease, Ph. D
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Every scientist looks for the best place to study his targeted phenomenon—tornadoes in the Mid-West, hurricanes in the Caribbean, ice thinning in the Artic or thickening in the Antarctic.  For gun issues this would be Chicago because it is the murder capitol of the United States and the hand…

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  • by Patti Slaughter
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Nearly 400 years ago a group of tired men and women set aside their concerns of the day to give thanks to God for all that He had provided during the year.

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  • By Patti Slaughter
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Last week something really nice happened in Brookville.

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  • By Randy Bartley
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I was watching a news show one morning when I saw a film clip of a Black Lives Matter rally in New York. The speakers were unanimous in their opinion that the police in this nation are gunning down innocent Black men at an alarming rate.

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  • By Randy Bartley
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Veterans Day is six days away. That is the “official” day we honor veterans. For many Americans that is enough. For others it is never enough.

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  • By Randy Bartley
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I have never been to Syria and I am pretty sure I don’t want a quarter million Syrians coming here. That is why I was concerned when I heard President Obama was sponsoring the migration of that many Syrians to the United States. It struck me we have a bad enough immigration problem already.

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Last week I was asked to address the folks down at the Heritage House on the Constitution. I thought that was an appropriate time as this date marks the formal presentation of the Constitution to the Congress on Sept. 17, 1787.

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  • By Randy Bartley
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Twice in the past few weeks local elected “leaders” attempted to use their position to benefit themselves. One of these attempts I witnessed first hand. The second one I was told about more than once.

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  • By Randy Bartley
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A recent survey of Pennsylvania’s counties was not good news for our region. The survey ranked the counties in order of poverty. Four of the top 10 counties were in our area. Jefferson County came in at 10.

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  • By Nathan A. Benefield
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Would you take out a second mortgage on your home to bet on the stock market? Such an idea deserves ridicule—if not alarm. You’d be putting your home and your family at risk.