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After coronavirus, what?

The coronavirus pandemic will long be remembered as a time which upended people’s lives and livelihoods and caused too many family tragedies to count. Each day, there is more depressing news about more cases and more deaths. It creates a shadow of doom over our society and world. Many ways ...

What’s the goal to win the war against COVID-19?

In any battle, clear objectives are imperative. Unfortunately, in fighting a virus invisible to the naked eye, the end goal has become nearly as intangible: flatten the curve, slow the spread, contain the virus. But how flat? How slow? How contained? When will we know if we’ve succeeded? ...

Gone in plain sight

The world economy has never shut down this fast. Within a matter of weeks, the lethal effects of the coronavirus have literally brought America to a halt. Isolated Pennsylvanians are discovering new employment terms. Who are “essential” and who are not? The jobless rate precipitously grows ...

A virus steals the rhythm of our lives and time stands still

This must be how soldiers felt while writing home from the front lines during World War II. Except the enemy does not fly a bomber. The enemy is a germ. The concentration camp is a living room sectional. And our rations for supper last night were boneless pork chops cooked on the back porch ...

Risks abound as Pennsylvania expands online sports betting

As we appear to have entered pandemic status in the United States with the coronavirus, its impact on Chinese supply chains has rocked our financial markets and taught an important lesson: We live in a hyperconnected world, so we need to be extra careful in picking our business partners. A ...

Distorted view of the First Amendment

The National Socialist Movement, the American Nazi party, does not have a First Amendment right to rally at Brandon Park (or anywhere else) because their agenda is to encourage violence. A lawsuit is underway by the City of Charlottesville based upon the efforts of the organizers of the ...

The importance of transparency

Most of us prefer sunshine. It’s rare to hear someone say, “That was a nice, cloudy day.” We’re invigorated by a glorious sunrise and spend hours outdoors on brilliantly sunny days. As John Denver so succinctly sang, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.” In journalism, the ...

Charlotte air service and Williamsport

Beginning Aug. 18, American Airlines will discontinue service to its Philadelphia hub and begin connecting service to Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) from the Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT). The carrier will upgrade the aircraft serving the airport to its dual-class 65-seat, Canadair ...

Farmers — and what the Bloomberg narrative left out

Soon they will be tilling the fields in our region and state. Then they will be planting corn and a whole bunch of other stuff that will eventually wind up on your dinner table. They will nurture and harvest their product crops and receive not nearly enough compensation for them. And most ...

Pro-energy, pro-manufacturing approach is best for Pennsylvania

An extremist policy advocated by many Democratic presidential candidates — banning fracking — would cripple Pennsylvania’s economy and leave hundreds of thousands of families destitute. Even Lt. Gov. John Fetterman acknowledged to the New York Times that the Democratic Party’s embrace ...

A Sanders’ nomination means a Trump landslide

Bernie Sanders is so far out of step with the majority of Americans, his nomination will ensure a second term for Donald Trump. Who says so? A January 2020 poll. When added together, Americans calling themselves “conservative” or “moderate” outnumber those who call themselves ...

Working together for good jobs

How often do you see Democrats, Republicans, and Independents working together to make government work for you? How often do you see organized labor and corporations working together to create good paying jobs? It is rare to find common ground on anything in these divisive times, but ...

Once upon a turnpike

It’s like a recurring bad dream. A new year, a new turnpike toll hike. Now, driving the length of the highway costs upward of $65.70 — not counting the return trip. Only, this nightmare is real. We know the usual suspects: infrastructure needs, mandates that the turnpike fund mass ...

Getting to know office seekers? Money has made it harder

Campaigning — which will dominate virtually every news cycle the next eight months — has changed a lot over the past four decades. It used to be a national or state campaign could be built around a caravan of open-topped Cadillacs parading down a street with the office seeker standing up ...

Pelosi’s drug scheme robs patients of new medicines

The House of Representatives passed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented crackdown on the pharmaceutical industry. Her bill, “H.R.3,” would allow the government to dictate prices on a broad array of drugs, with the promise of bringing domestic prices closer to those in foreign countries ...

Another victim of child abuse

For far too long, the sexual abuse of children and young women has been given little attention by our society. As a result, many thousands of victims were scarred for life. Fortunately, that outrage is finally getting the attention it deserves, and those accountable are being brought to ...

A responsible state budget? Only in your dreams

In his sixth budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf asked us to “imagine” what Pennsylvania would look like if he could purchase everything on his wish list. To cover the costs, he wants to raise overall spending a massive 6.1 percent. He also wants to borrow $5.5 billion — a loan that our kids ...

Where America comes together

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The “Miracle at Philadelphia” in 1787 that resulted in our enduring Constitution, united a fractured country struggling to find trust in its government, balance individual freedoms with national sovereignty, establish checks and balances through three branches of ...

Pot push lives in labor la-la-land

While Lt. Gov. John Fetterman crusades on legalizing recreational marijuana, one poll released last fall suggests Pennsylvanians may not be eager to jump on the bandwagon. They’re right to be cautious. Lost amid the legalization hullabaloo is the chaos unfettered pot will wreak on labor ...

What have we become? Whatever it is, we are better than this

So, there is this annual ceremony held to celebrate the Foley American Hostage Freedom Award. The award is named for James Foley, the American journalist who was kidnapped and beheaded by the Islamic State. It is meant to honor exemplary work to free American hostages. Did I say it’s an ...