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GUEST COLUMN: Facts, Not Hyperbole, Should Drive Tax Reform Debate

By Nathan A. Benefield and Brandon Arnold Guest columnists|

Reflections: Christmas shopping and decorating don’t bring joy to my world

The steamy breath of the holidays is upon us. I love the holidays. What’s not to love when there’s plenty of food, drink and parties involved? ...

By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

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  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: A Shared German Vernacular

    This proper Americanism, Pennsylvania Dutch, has always indicated a broader group of immigrants who came to America in the pre-American Revolutionary period from Europe’s Rhine Valley, which should be preferred by all serious scholars over the term Pennsylvania German or German-American, since the latter of which are not Americanisms. Hardly had William Penn became the proprietor of the British colony of Pennsylvania in the New World when German Protestants accepted his invitation, as...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: English architecture by Germanic builders, architecture of the PA Dutch

    America’s early hinterland houses, built of native stone, are more than just well-constructed dwellings, they reveal the desire of the frontier inhabitants to be part of the architectural fashion of the day.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    REFLECTIONS: The pause that refreshes

    Many of us, myself included, don’t seem to live in the present anymore. That’s because we never fully engage in a given moment because we’re always in a hurry to move on to something else.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my world: Creating my bucket list; be on Ellen Show, do impression of frying bacon

    On our date night, maybe two years ago, my husband and I decided to start a bucket list. I think each of us might have placed two things on our list, ended up chatting about them, and never got any farther. Today, I decided to start again and this time I was going to finish it.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Early American Scriveners in the New World

    Among the popular early American fraktur artists who designed elaborate folk art baptisms were Frederich Krebs and Frederich Speyer, who traveled our beloved Dutch Country making colorful baptism documents for farm families who were illiterate.

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my world: Some of my “fear of driving” stories

    Reprint: previously printed in “Highway News and Good News” 2012 and “Mature Years” 2017

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Columns

    A Look Back in History: Green energy long used by Old Order Mennonites in Kutztown

    Perhaps historic Pennsylvania Dutch farmsteads are more appreciated by Kutztown Mennonites than their modem Worldly Dutch neighbors, who seek to tear them down in modernizing farms. It is without doubt that Dr. Shoemaker’s “Pennsylvania Dutchman” newspaper aided in beckoning Plain Dutch Mennonites to follow him to Kutztown where he published his magazine and its successor, “Pennsylvania Folklife.” Here, in the Kutztown area is where he emphasized in his...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

  • Opinion

    Welcome to my world: Halloween, Now and Then

    Today, the Halloween holiday has become commercialized, with its own celebrations of parades, trick or treating, revelry and more.

    By Carole Christman Koch Columnist|

  • Opinion

    REFLECTIONS: A look at the American spirit in wake of terrible events

    America always responds nobly and quickly to terrible events, whether they be mass shootings, 9/11 or hurricanes.

    By Mike Zielinski Columnist|

  • Opinion

    A Look Back in History: Take a step back, remember how strong religion and faith was to our ancestors

    As we see our church numbers seemingly dwindle every year and only somewhat filling during the Christmas and Easter times, we should take a step back and remember how strong religion and faith was to our ancestors. Driven to pave the way and persevere in a new and unknowing World with unparalleled bravery in crossing the mighty Atlantic and the tremendous hardship, they faced in death of loved ones, cold, hunger, and doubt. Even if your heritage is not Pennsylvania Dutch, perhaps one can...

    By Richard L.T. Orth Columnist|

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