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Watching the news this morning, a Pittsburgh area Catholic parishioner wanted people to know that human frailties are not the Catholic Church. In other words, the Church is separate from the rape of mostly young male children by the men their Pope has chosen as men of a god.

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Finally Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed with a 50-48 majority, simply, a win is a win! Kudos to Senators Joe Manchin (D), and Susan Collins (R) for having the mettle to vote in favor of confirmation! Both senators will have hell to pay, but they are principled! Let it be known that all of…

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We get a constant barrage of howling from esteemed members of our community about “the left is this, and the left is that,” all of which is a repetitive list of infantile name-calling. “Lunatic left, cesspool party, Feminazis, radical deadbeats, and government freeloaders” are offered rather…

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If you guessed my headline is about Gov. Tom Wolf, you win the prize. This is about the article in the Sept. 8 Derrick where Wolf states he will sign a bill about domestic violence which states you must give up your guns (or have them confiscated) to a government agency. You can’t give them …

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Kickoff time is fast approaching and you should have butterflies in your stomach. It’s the game of your lifetime with the commonsense, conservative team up against the rowdy, subversive, progressive, liberal team. Should the liberal team win the elections, American doesn’t stand a snowball’s…

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The Union All Sports Booster Club and the Union COG Pool Park would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Golf Scramble at Clarion Oaks Golf Course on Sept. 29 a success.

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I have had many good foremen over my working career. Larry Oliver of Original Fuels Coal Co. comes to mind.

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The Rimersburg Veterans Memorial Park and Museum board would like to thank those who responded so generously to our request for donations this past spring: The Baker Street Church of God, Stanley and Martha Kline, Attorney Ray Scott, Clarion County Community Bank, the American Legion, Dennis…

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The last Sunday in September has been nationally proclaimed Gold Star Mother’s Day, but what does this mean and how are we to acknowledge this day?

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Do you want to know where the real collusion is? Mush-mouth John Kerry, who speaks and sounds like a poop salesman with a mouth full of samples. He and the Iranian leader are very close friends, and he was in on the Iranian deal with Obama when they gave Iran $150 billion and five terrorists…

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I want to give a big thank you and a handshake to everyone who was involved with this year’s Poker Run at Redbank Valley Municipal Park. It was wet, it was cool, and it was a success.

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Some information for the reader. Assume nothing. My parents were split in terms of political affiliation. My father a staunch Republican, my mother a Democrat. Neither one being a stronghold to the extreme spectrum and both dead since 1989-90.

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School sponsored breakfast and lunches are a great thing, but the absence of those meals on Saturdays and Sundays can be a problem. That is why the Blessings Bags program began last year in the Redbank Valley School District.

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The third Friday of September has been designated as National POW/MIA Recognition Day. What does POW/MIA mean and how might that day be recognized?

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The Lunatic Left has hijacked the Democratic Party. The once-great Democratic Party, that stood for the working person with family and Christian values, has sunk into a cesspool party dominated and controlled by radical deadbeats and government freeloaders — the “I Want What Others Earned” crowd.

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Upon graduation from RVHS in 1982, I joined the Army. On June 21, I was on a plane to St. Louis then a two-hour bus ride to Ft. Leonard Wood.

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I am not going to put much time into responding to Anne Callenberg’s letter in last week’s Leader-Vindicator. I get the feeling she doesn’t support our military, can’t see how biased the news media is, can’t stand someone that made it big in the USA, and can’t stand that our country is bette…

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There has been discussion in the press recently about claims from the Scott Wagner camp that Governor Tom Wolf intends to enact — or “supports” — massive cuts in funding to Clarion County schools. That’s based on an offhand comment that the governor made about the ideal method for distributi…

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How short our memories are! Republicans seem to think it is outrageous that the Mueller investigation is still going on and the reality is that he has only been investigating Mr. Trump for a little over 15 months. (And let’s not forget, Mr. Trump brought this on by firing FBI Director James Comey.)

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On Aug. 6, I went to the Redbank Valley Youth Football League practice, to watch my grandson practice. It was 95 degrees that day, and there was a patch of shade about 12-feet by 16-feet directly in front of a little white building (facing the creek). I went in the gate, spoke to young kids …

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The last time I looked at the Farewell Address of George Washington I was a junior in high school. There was an excerpt of it in my American Literature textbook. Some facts to share with you about it: The Farewell was meant to be read and not given as a speech. It is quite lengthy and it is …

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Recent hearings on C-Span with Commerce Department Secretary Wilber Ross, exposed some truths. Previous administrations were willing to give power to an unconstitutional, unelected World Trade organization, removing the Constitutional decree that Congress regulate trade.

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Mr.Steve Smith, far left Democrat, are you that blind that you can’t see what is going on and what the Far Left is doing to the USA? I actually feel sorry for you.

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Thank you to all who attended to help us celebrate the reopening and dedication of the Climax Tunnel at Mile 17 of the Redbank Valley Trails. We thank those who sponsored or provided assistance for the celebration including Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Allegheny Valley Land Trust, Fra…

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At the Union School Board meeting on Aug. 9, the merger concerning the Union/A-C Valley bands was discussed. Parents were questioning that when attending away games why both bands didn’t perform at halftime. Especially now that the travel time to the away games is so much greater. We were in…

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In the July 25-26 edition of The L-V, Fred Shick opined that, “All they (Democrats) are doing is trying to destroy President Trump. Democrats should be real proud of their people in government getting paid for obstruction.”

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Summer is slipping away, there will soon be a chill in the air, and it is time for football. What could be more American! Black (mostly) NFL players are kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality in the U.S., statistics do not support their grievanc…

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I was reading with amazement, Joe Lewis’ Rimersburg Rules column in the July 25-26 edition of The Leader-Vindicator when I found myself nodding in agreement with his observation that: “One wonders how persons who can’t maintain loyalty to their spouses, even when times are hard and disagreem…

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We grew up on the Rimersburg-New Bethlehem Road on a farm. I worked on the neighbors’ farm owned by Paul Kirkpatrick. He and his mischievous son, Mark, taught me a lot about farming.

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I want to say how proud I am of two young, honest boys, Connor Cowell and Brady Smathers, who found a wallet Saturday at the Clarion County Fair, and turned it over to the police.

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President T-Rump (more recently known as “Putin’s Poodle”) continuously bleats about Mueller’s “witch hunt” and claims there is no proof of collusion. Well, not yet — that will come in the courtroom or the Senate chamber during the impeachment trial.

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A masterfully written letter from David Koch of Koch Industries in support of Americans for Prosperity triggered the following response I would like to share with you.

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Now that summer is here we are again hearing of kids dying in hot cars. The experts have recently given some tips on how to avoid this.

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Without the basic building blocks of grass, no man can go into a lab and mix chemicals to come up with a blade of grass!

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If the registered voters of the 63rd Legislative District and 5th Congressional District do not have the PCN channel on your television line, you really are unaware of what you are missing; but maybe it’s just as well that you do not.

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It was disgusting to witness how dishonest the national news media was in trying to destroy President Trump over his statements at the Helsinki press conference with Russian leader Putin. The following is truth.

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Have any voters asked what the Democrats have done for the people of the USA? One word describes their accomplishments: Nothing.

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The 4th Annual Firefighters Jubilee is now in the past. We would like to thank everyone who took time to come to the park and participate in honoring volunteer firefighters. The countless hours of training, sleepless nights, time away from families, are only a few of the sacrifices of a volu…

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Trump must not get to choose his judge and jury. Let’s take a hard look at the numbers — 191 criminal charges concerning at least 19 Russians and three Russian corporations, 32 indictments with at least 12 of them Russians, five guilty pleas, four cooperating witnesses, two in prison now, wi…

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On April 30, 2018, my family’s world changed. We experienced a house fire on Lafayette Street in New Bethlehem. We lost a home that we’ve lived in for nearly 22 years. Praise the Lord that nobody was injured, including family, construction crew working on the roof, neighbors, and firemen. Be…

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The Union All Sports Booster Club serves all athletes at Union High School in several ways. We provide each athlete in every sport spirit packs of the coaches’ choosing. We also provide sports banquets and senior gifts. We do this through fundraising. We have two big events a year. We hold a…

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I had to make this a two-part series as I have been blessed with knowing many heroes in my life. Also, I tend to get carried away when putting pen to paper.

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The Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following sponsors who make this show happen every year: VFW Servicemen’s Club, Nolf Chrysler Dodge, Robertson Car Wash, Char-Val Candies, American Legion Post 354, Shirey Overhead Doors, John and Shirley Milliren, Clarion County…

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Last month we successfully completed our first year of the Redbank Valley Elementary “Blessing Bag” Ministry. On average we packed 65-70 bags every other week, filling them with food items to supplement meals over the weekend, for children who might need extra nourishment.

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The Women of the Moose in New Bethlehem would like to thank the following businesses and individuals that helped make our 5th Annual Golf Tournament such a huge success!