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Long-haul COVID-19

A few months into the pandemic, when doctors were working to understand the new disease and develop vaccines to control it, patients who had recovered from COVID-19 began reporting problems that lasted weeks after they first became ill. Similarly, many survivors of the Spanish Flu and the ...

So many questions, so few asked, why?

Remember Walter Cronkite? The CBS anchor was known as the most trusted voice in America for his balanced interviewing and delivery. His product gave no hint of the very liberal thinker residing within. Cronkite knew his beliefs were secondary to his professional doctrine. What would he ...

The fight to protect women’s sports in PA

Did you know that in 2018, 275 high school boys ran the 400 meter faster than the lifetime best of Olympic Team USA member and world-record-holding sprinter Allyson Felix? It’s a fact that perfectly illustrates why we need to ensure only biological females are eligible to participate in ...

Save customers millions by giving them the protections they deserve

Here in Pennsylvania you can shop for your electricity supply. Just like you would shop for a car, you compare different offers and choose what is right for you at the lowest cost. Then, if your home or business is part of our service territory in Eastern or Central Pennsylvania, PPL Electric ...

Immunity for the community: How to find your COVID vaccine

The public wants to know how to find appointments for getting immunized against COVID-19. With a majority of Americans eager to be vaccinated, we are cautiously hopeful this long pandemic will end. Significantly more vaccine doses are being manufactured and distributed free to all adults, no ...

Now more than ever, support Pennsylvania farmers

It is really hard to believe that in two months I will place my Lycoming County Dairy Princess crown and sash in my memories box, on the shelf. My heart and life are full of new friendships, countless memories, thousands of miles traveled and many worn masks from this past year! I have been ...

Reclaiming STEM education

STEM — the acronym coined by the National Science Foundation two decades ago to mean “science, technology, engineering and mathematics” — has become commonplace in education. Schools aim to ensure K-12 students receive solid STEM programming. STEM Days connect kids to fun science, ...

Dedicated to the business of caring

Last March Evangelical Community Hospital activated its emergency command structure, declaring a pandemic. Since then, the staff have been nothing but dedicated to the business of caring for our community, both COVID-19 patients and others who found themselves needing care. This gracious ...

How our healthcare heroes are caring for the community

As doctors, we have an inherent love of learning. We’re naturally curious problem-solvers, and we’re driven by a desire to help people. This last year no doubt brought unprecedented challenges, and it taught us even more about our calling: We have true gratitude for our colleagues, and we ...

Support emergency powers amendment to restore transparency in state government

For over a year, Gov. Tom Wolf has dismissed calls for transparency as he enforces restrictive emergency executive orders. His disaster declaration for COVID-19 — renewed four times since last spring — has allowed him to exert a level of control like nothing our commonwealth has experienced ...

Your old, energy guzzling fridge is costing you money

Do you have an old refrigerator taking up space in your kitchen or garage? It’s not just an eyesore — it’s also a money pit. According to ENERGY STAR, there are about 190 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers in use in the United States today, and more than 68 million of them ...

Why do interest rates matter?

With the passage of another multi-trillion dollar spending bill, making the total federal government spending in the last year in the order of $5 trillion, the question for economists is how will this affect interest rates and why does it matter? Many people think that when the government ...

Love your neighbor

We have passed the year mark since COVID-19 appeared and changed life as we knew it. Those of us who survive, (way too few) are at a turning point. We can see the possibility of a return to normality. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, as they say. Unfortunately as we turn this ...

Getting back to normal should not be this hard

A year later, every statistical indicator shows we have — as ordered — flattened the COVID curve. And armed with effective vaccines increasing the numbers of those protected by millions every week, hospitalization and death numbers will continue to plummet. This was supposed to be the ...

Caution: Risky behavior ahead

Several years ago, I attended a local youth conference, the purpose of which was to help high school students make good choices and avoid “destructive decisions.” A variety of presentations demonstrated numerous situations in which choices made today could have positive consequences or ...

Gov. Wolf hiding COVID data again

Do you remember in the early days of the COVID pandemic when Gov. Wolf promised his decisions would be “data-driven”? “We have to follow the science,” he reminded us. So convincing was this supposed “data” that Gov. Wolf temporarily shut Right-to-Know (RTK) offices so we ...

Let’s make campaign financing democratic

Campaign finance reform is high on the Democratic Party’s to-do list and a bill on campaign finance reform is already in committee in the House. The Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case not only unwound the McCain-Feingold Campaign Financing Act but overturned 100 years of ...

Ending the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccinations

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives every single day for a year, and those disruptions have made fear, uncertainty, and fatigue a part of our daily experience. In spite of the many individual and collective sacrifices we’ve made, life hasn’t felt normal for quite some time. But, ...

Response to Sen.Yaw

In his recently-published Op Ed, state Sen. Gene Yaw attacked a new PennFuture report that shows how Pennsylvanians doled out $3.8 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry in 2019. It’s no surprise that Sen. Yaw is going to bat for and echoing the talking points of the fracked gas ...

A year of lessons: COVID-19’s impact on older Americans

One year ago, the Wolf administration did something both unthinkable and absolutely necessary: It closed nursing homes to all visitors to combat the COVID-19 virus. Long-term caregivers understood that isolating the residents from their families was vital in protecting them from a deadly ...