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A giant who stands only 5 feet tall

Although the six mile long bridge which carries four lanes of Interstate 65 northeast of Mobile, Alabama, is named in honor of General W. F. Wilson Jr., the bridge is not always referred to by his name. Owing to its red warning lights on top of two, adjacent, high steel arches, it is commonly ...

The End of the Party?

Will Rogers is credited as having said: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” So too it may be an exaggeration to argue that Donald Trump has destroyed the Republican Party. Republican officeholders and officialdom are beginning to panic. Running for the life rafts, which ...

‘Democracy does die in darkness’ — meet the sponsors

The Washington Post inserted Democracy Dies in Darkness below its Page 1 banner shortly after President Trump took office in 2017. The slogan’s timing left a clear message: The administration and president were a threat to our democracy. It turns out the sponsors of the darkness are the ...

It’s a matter of choice

Every day we’re faced with choices. Some are less important than others, like deciding what to wear or what to pack for lunch. Others are choices that put a lot of stress on our shoulders, like dealing with finances or how to care for an aging loved one. But right now, we’re dealing with a ...

Trusting science during COVID-19

Science helped to save my life. I was born in Lewistown with a rare genetic disorder of the immune system called Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, a disease that killed my uncle 30 years prior. When I was 3 years old, I had a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Many people provided love and support ...

To better understand our Constitution, consider reading the Owners’ Manual

During each Presidential election year, our national media seems to “rediscover” the Constitution of the United States. Politicians from both major parties, and the political pundits who follow them, all pretend to know the document, and pretend to know exactly what the Framers had in mind. ...

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 ...