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We’re here for you — now and always

During this COVID-19 pandemic, our doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, environmental service workers, and everyone in the health care industry have been doing everything in their power to help you stay safe and get well. They are the everyday heroes on the ...

An open letter to Governor Wolf, Gene Yaw and Jeff Wheeland

Dear Governor Wolf, Senator Yaw and Representative Wheeland: I am 68 years old. I have a history of sarcoidosis. This gives me two strikes and puts me in the category of being more at risk for the coronavirus than others. I was a business owner — residential construction remodeling. ...

The COVID-19 comeback: Cautiously start now

We’ve trained for this comeback, making sacrifices, with our eyes on the prize — normalcy. We are ready to live again, with caution. We are ready to open for business again, with conditions and common sense. Until a few days ago, Gov. Tom Wolf did not seem to believe in our readiness. ...

Let’s stop making scapegoats out of our dairy farmers

All across the United States, various farm organizations and dairy cooperatives (including National Milk Producers) coupled with many federal legislators are screaming at dairy farmers, telling them you are producing too much milk. These dairy farmers are only doing what they have been ...

When can we stop being afraid?

Lying awake and worrying about COVID-19, I had my own “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going take it anymore!” moment. I wanted to shout: “When can I stop being afraid?!” The simple answer is that we don’t know and we’re all going to be afraid for some time. Yet, why am I so afraid ...

Real heroes don’t wear capes

Anyone who ever attended high school knows that those who are most popular and most admired, are sometimes those who least deserve it. Students who “burn midnight oil” on their studies, perform volunteer work for local charities, and get up early to practice with the marching band, often ...

Pandemic shows need for Legislature to form a remote learning task force

For most Pennsylvanians, the COVID-19 pandemic became real on March 13 when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered Pennsylvania’s schools to close. While there was resistance in many quarters, this action protected our children from illness, and protected their parents and grandparents from this rapidly ...

Update on COVID-19

In Harrisburg this week, the General Assembly sent a number of bills to the Governor which would allow businesses in PA to operate in the same limited manner as our surrounding and most other states allow. It is my hope that the Governor will sign these bills and let PA businesses and workers ...

Wherever PSEA members are, we’re there for our students

A global pandemic has closed schools across Pennsylvania and the nation, creating unprecedented challenges for public education. That’s the bad news. The good news is that educators, support staff, and parents are rising to meet this challenge and make sure students continue to learn and ...

It’s time for Governor Wolf to be honest

Pennsylvania has managed to navigate dark times across the generations, and our state has overcome each crisis better and stronger than before. Yet, as I look across the centuries, I cannot recall any governor in our history who has exercised so much power, with so little accountability or ...

PBMs practice prescription drug price gouging during pandemic

We want the public to know that Pennsylvania’s independent pharmacists are doing all we can to make sure families in our local communities have the medicine they need while remaining at home and practicing social distancing. We are following the practice of: Step Up — Pitch In — Limit ...

Pennsylvania Bus Association letter to Congress on stimulus

Dear Representative: I’m asking you to reconsider a serious oversight made in the third stimulus package recently passed by Congress where you overlooked the U.S. motorcoach industry. This last package specifically earmarked grants and loans for the airlines, airports, public transit and ...

The arts are a business

I, as many of you, sit in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. I read and hear about its economic impact and personally feel the devastation on a non-profit arts organization I helped found 44 years ago. C.T.L’s mission is “to create dynamic, meaningful theatrical experiences that ...

As calendar turns, our world doesn’t

When a month ends, I turn the wall calendar in the den and there is the next month, with the list of things planned. It’s pretty old school. Most people do that on a cellphone app these days. But it delivers control and contentment with moments ahead: Lunch with the guys on Fridays, the ...

Passover, freedom and the coronavirus

Here in Israel, we will be celebrating Passover because our flights back to the United States were canceled due to the coronavirus. We are about to begin celebrating the first night of Passover. Passover is an easily defined holiday for Jews. “It is the holiday of Freedom.” The Founders ...

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 ...