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Commissioners did not have to restore public comments
The new Butler County commissioners are bringing back the second public-comments period. Commissioner Leslie Osche, board chairman, said Wednesday that the public comment period at the end of the meetings is being restored three years after the previous board axed it.
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Letters to the Editor

Disabled presidents
Originally established in 1885 to celebrate President George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, the nation now celebrates all U.S. presidents on the third Monday of every February.
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Sewer secrecy
We live on Dick Road in Connoquenessing Township. We just returned from vacation to learn that our township wants to build a sewage treatment plant on our property.
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Keep Clarence Brown
I am a parent of a student attending the Clarence Brown Community School in Butler. Clarence Brown offers an invaluable program for special needs children who also have behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders.
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Gun-free error
Phil Kriley’s letter (“Let’s defend ourselves”, Dec. 15), criticizing a cartoon unmasking the pattern of violence involving guns, stated that there is another pattern in the endless series of gun violence incidents: that “in every instance, the location chosen by the criminals/terrorists was a gun-free zone”.
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George Will
Progressives itching to limit speech
Bernie Sanders, greedy for power to punish people he considers greedy, has occasioned 2016’s best joke, reported in Bloomberg BusinessWeek: “In the Bernie Sanders drinking game, every time he mentions a free government program, you drink someone else’s beer.”
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Rich Lowry
Stop underestimating Donald Trump
Donald Trump’s crushing across-the-board victory in New Hampshire had the breadth and depth that one would expect of a future nominee. If the result doesn’t shake the lazy complacency about Trump that has held in Republican circles for months — and was reinforced by his disappointing Iowa finish — nothing will.
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Other Voices
Bush finds a message: ‘I’m not Trump’
A funny thing happened on the way to Jeb Bush’s long-expected disappearance from the Republican presidential contest: He became a better — and more interesting — candidate. Improbably, he has Donald Trump to thank for it.
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A wild primary season continues
South Carolina, the nation turns its troubled heart to you. And we expect you will rip it apart.
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