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Brian Sims is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, a homosexual activist and a man not known for his ... prudence.

“So tell me,” John Park said, as he slung his long frame between the arms of a porch chair, “how in the world do you come up with the ideas for all the things you write?”

I will be spending this coming week as a respectable vagrant. Yes, the Native is rewarding herself with something of a vacation. I’m busy tying up some loose ends today, leaving the next seven days reasonably free of outside commitments.

I have noticed that, just when you think things couldn’t get more ridiculous, they do just that. Last week, I read an article about a college providing “petting donkeys” to help students relieve stress over finals. Instead of studying for their exams as they should be, students can spend som…

There are too many people on Earth.

It’s a funny thing how tragedy can bring people together. Last week was a rough one in our general area. Loved ones died from various causes, and there is a certain subset of our population who stuck together through it all.

I watch TV shows for two reasons: I wish either to be entertained or informed. Occasionally, a show such as “Antiques Roadshow” will offer both. Average folks haul their old stuff to some convention center and stand in line waiting to find out the insurance or auction value, the history, or …

“Some Trump voters,” wrote Gene Lyons of the Arkansas Times, “are just now awakening to the deep fraudulence of the President’s vaunted tax cuts, which delivered vast benefits to the fat cats.”

The United States Constitution, Article I, Section 2, states: “Representatives ... shall be apportioned among the several States ... according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including ... three fifths of all other Persons…

I don’t know what possesses people these days. What is so bad and rotten about life that you feel the need to go out and shoot other human beings who you may not even know?

We are all presented with challenges in life and some people are better able to respond than others.

At this time of year, most of us outdoor folks are at least somewhat obsessed with fishing. We humans, however, are not the only anglers out there. This week, let’s look at some of the critters with which we compete for fish.

I’ve been spending some time slogging through excerpts detailing the current farm debacle in relation to our government. As near as I can tell, the only conclusion on which anyone can agree is our agricultural system is a mess.

All this rainy weather we have been having makes me grumpy. There is one sure cure for the grumpies, though — going out and being around good people.

I was thinking of a story that my mother told us about our dad when he was a teenager working at GC Murphy’s in New Bethlehem. He was tasked with counting the store’s goldfish during inventory season one year. Management forgot to tell him that he only had to make an estimate, and so earnest…

Our current Attorney General, William Barr, has served at the CIA, as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, as Deputy Attorney General and as Bush 1’s Attorney General. He’s returned from years in private practice to head the DOJ once again. Barr is a formidable man, a …

Despite the tornado watch Sunday night and Monday morning’s random snowflakes, spring really is here. As I looked out the window this morning, the grass had turned its usual bright green and my neighbors’ forsythia burst forth almost overnight.

What’s the deal with my generation and those following gravitating towards fake food?

You know, there is just so much material to work with this time around that it’s hard to decide where to start. Jeannine Pirro would be as good a starting point as any. Not long ago she raised a question about Ilan Omar wearing a hijab, in compliance with Sharia law. The Left, of course, wen…

With Hometown Hero banners flying in most of our communities throughout the year, it is also good to be reminded about the stories behind the heroes. Heroes are also recognized in the names of area American Legions, VFWs and even bridges.

It’s the kind of irony that’s more painful than humorous. In today’s Democratic Party there’s no place for white guys in positions of power unless they’re already in positions of power and ... ready to grovel. So Democrat wannabe President, white guy and former Vice President Joe Biden went …

I will not write a cheesy one-liner based on the headline. This is serious stuff.

At last, it looks as though winter has just about had it. Oh, we’ll probably still get the “onion snow” or “Easter Storm,” whatever you want to call it. I think, though, that it’s safe to say that the brutal part is over.

I held off on writing this week’s column until Monday morning because today is April Fool’s Day. I was hoping for something mildly hilarious to show up in the news, always sweet grist for the Native’s mill. Ma Nature came through overnight, but that lady lacks a proper sense of humor.

Last fall I fenced a beautiful 11-acre piece of land sprouting succulent grass just begging to be eaten by a cow. Situated across from our house (Gina and I are now surrounded on four sides by pasture — life’s not bad), the property was a hay field; from now on, cows will harvest the grass w…

When Clarion County Commissioner Ted Tharan recently confirmed that Clarion County is not being considered for the relocation of federal USDA offices that could have brought 620 jobs to Clarion County, it really shouldn’t have been a surprise.

Did you ever see one of those “Revenge of the Nerds” movies, where the misfits take over and get even with the rest of us? Is it possible that somehow America’s misfits got control of everything and are busy trying to get even with us for just being normal?

I completed a small repair job a few minutes ago. Now, this isn’t a breakthrough in world peace or anything, but it made me think of those crazy spontaneous solutions to problems that people come up with.

If there is one thing that people of a certain age remember, it was taking a trip to the store with our parents. The town and the particular store don’t matter. It is all about a place and time.

I’ve noticed that people who are trying to promote a cause always carry with them some of the most bizarre bits of information. These are the attention-grabbers for the public: short, shocking, often horrifying sound bites that make readers read or news watchers watch or passersby pause and …

This week, you are getting something a bit different from me; a true story of my own. I changed the names.

You know, I have reached a point at which almost nothing on the news surprises me. Just when you think that you have seen the most ridiculous thing possible, something else comes along.

Last month we learned that Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam appeared in black face, not as a 13-year-old on Halloween, but as a college student, claiming he was channeling Michael Jackson. Northam was immediately condemned by Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring. At least until…

Back in 2016, I was told — sometimes humorously, sometimes insultingly — that my decision to give my November general election vote to Libertarian Gary Johnson was “throwing my vote away.”

A Himalayan Salt Room Halotherapy may be the last small business you would expect in this area, especially if you are still longing for a local KFC, but it is also the area’s newest business.

I hope you got all your timepieces set ahead again. By the time you read this column, the annual journey to Daylight Saving Time should be several days in the past. If you haven’t monkeyed with your clocks, you are either late, retired or simply tired.

I’m writing this column on a Sunday night when the snow is falling thick and fast. In this area, we aren’t supposed to get much more than four to six inches. It’s merely a seasonal snowfall.

Well, it’s finally March. February is over at last. In March, one’s attention naturally turns to spring.

For as long as I can remember, farmers in Clarion and the surrounding region have, after reading Lancaster Farming and other agricultural publications from the area, longingly looked East with visions in their minds of the flat and fertile land constituting Pennsylvania’s breadbasket. “They …

Charlie and Jessica Crosby like auctions so much they decided to open their own auction house and flea market on the outskirts of Shippenville.

Last Sunday’s day-long windstorm could well be one for the record books, but I wouldn’t count on it. I’ve never found a mention of that kind of weather in the various county histories for this area, but there really is no new thing under the sun.

Here’s how it works. A part-time journalist like Rimersburg Rules is impressed by a full-time journalist. A full-time journalist at a weekly paper is impressed by a journalist at a daily paper. The small town journalist is impressed by the big city journalist, and so it goes, much the same w…