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Diligence key to controlling the spread

On behalf of the UPMC medical staff and providers in the Susquehanna region, we want to re-emphasize a few important messages about COVID-19, a pandemic that we are all still very much facing today, and acknowledge the heroic response to this pandemic by healthcare workers across the region ...

Is there a crisis in child care?

Health-care access, educational inequities, and racial disparities are issues that are not new to the United States, but COVID-19 has certainly brought new attention to these issues and others and forced the nonprofit community to speak out and advocate for systemic change. The holes in the ...

Joe the Uniter? Early opportunities have been missed

The one message of Joe Biden’s basement campaign to become president of the United States was that he would unite us. It was transmitted in staged news conferences where the chosen few hurled softball questions to match teleprompter-level answers. Biden got elevated in a COVID-injected ...

The integrity of the election process lies at the heart of any republic

“The integrity of the election process lies at the heart of any republic.” Those words are found within a Third Circuit Court of Appeals opinion, regarding one of the most corrupt and unabashed election scandals in Pennsylvania history. It was in the Marks vs Stinson case from March ...

Colleges and Thanksgiving: Fauci’s right — holiday plans may have to change

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, warned this week that families may need to change their Thanksgiving plans to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus. The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, expressed similar concerns in ...

As university integration moves forward, your voice matters

Last month, the Pennsylvania State System’s Board of Governors unanimously approved the process and next step for university integrations after Chancellor Dan Greenstein presented findings from an initial financial review of the proposed integrations. Together with Bloomsburg University and ...

What a tie election looks like

No overtime. No free throw. A good old tie, parliamentary style. We were in Israel for the third election, while visiting our daughter. There was a virtual tie. It was the third tie in which no party could obtain a ruling majority. The deal making began, but neither of the top two vote ...

Averting painful legislative session will require unprecedented collaboration

As the Senate Republicans, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and the Trump Administration fail to reach an agreement regarding the desperately needed second COVID-19 assistance package, the stage is set for a bitter funding battle in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Budget talks began Nov. ...

Caring for our veterans, today and every day

Every November, we set aside a day to recognize all those who served in our military. Veterans Day is important, but it’s also important to recognize that veterans need our support throughout the year — especially to make health easier. With the fourth-largest veteran population in the ...

Chaos: They asked for it; we don’t deserve it

They — especially elected Pennsylvania power brokers — asked for this. We — the people — deserve much better than this. Add presidential elections to our democratic foundations being shaken this year. Under cover of COVID-19, we were told mail-in balloting had to be our voting way ...

Elections turn on a dime

Elections can turn on a dime and a lot more money than that. One of the issues in the current matchup between President Trump and challenger Joe Biden addresses the security of an election utilizing mail-in ballots. While the question has tweaked the passions of President Trump, who fears that ...

A civic duty for today’s news consumer: Identify fake news

Pennsylvanians are social people, often engaging with family, friends and others through numerous social media platforms. Information shared on these platforms can come from reputable news sources or, unfortunately, from other untrustworthy contributors that publish verifiably false content. ...

A set of standards that spin doctors don’t want you to see

The year is 1975. The alarm clock is set for 5 a.m. The gas station opens at 7 a.m. If you get there two hours early, you will be near the front of the line waiting to purchase the $5 limit of gasoline. The gas only costs 80 cents a gallon ... if you can get it. There is an oil embargo ...

Americans must come together — it’s what we do best

America is divided. We see and feel it every day, and one can become discouraged. Then, when we recently marked the 19th remembrance of 9/11, something happened: Americans from all across the nation put politics aside and honored the brave people we lost. We were reminded of an earlier time ...

Jean Staiman: A Lost Art

Jean Staiman, a lifelong member of the Williamsport Jewish community, recently departed, was a lost work of art! There was a time when the “woman of accomplishment,” subject of the well-known Proverb, was the power behind the throne occupied by her husband. Jean fulfilled that role ...

‘We need to remain vigilant’

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. David Lopatofsky, chief medical officer, UPMC in the Susquehanna Region, agrees with and regionally UPMC supports the following statement authored by his colleagues on the Western PA Regional Chief Medical Officer Consortium. “COVID-19 is real, it is still here, and it ...

Self-awareness helpful during COVID

In a conversation with a physician, I learned that there are more COVID cases in the White House than in all New Zealand. I don’t know if that is true, but close is embarrassing enough. As a result, New Zealand is not really shut down. We could attribute this to their totalitarian ...