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In the dictionary of 2020, ‘new normal’ is the scariest term

Pandemic. Flattening the curve. Social distancing. Masks. Takeout meals. Zoom meeting. Virtual school. Essential. Non-essential. Ventilators. Vaccine. Stimulus checks. This is the dictionary of 2020, the year of the coronavirus. For millions of parents, the morning assignment is not ...

Pennsylvanians deserve an apology

Insults. Threats. Bullying. Gov. Tom Wolf’s video statement recently featured all three. Wolf launched these salvos against his fellow Pennsylvanians — local elected officials, job creators, and workers in eight counties — seeking to provide for themselves and their families. He called ...

Private schools suffering too

In late March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act for short. In part, it calls for $13.2 billion to be provided for K-12 education across the country, with an estimated $523.8 million for Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Department of ...

All first responders this year’s winners

This week marks National Emergency Medical Services Week. It’s a yearly observation. But this year, the brave men and women on the front lines, especially first responders, deserve extra recognition. The COVID-19 crisis has changed everything. People have been asked to stay at home and are ...

Thank this obscure law for a potential vaccine

According to the Milken Institute, over 70 treatments for COVID-19 are already in clinical trials or progressing toward clinical trials. Several of the inventions behind this flurry of activity resulted from government-funded research in U.S. universities. This public-private cooperation is ...

We can reopen safely — now is not time to let up

Social distancing is working. So is only leaving the house for essential trips, working from home and limitations on non-essential businesses. And as we think about gradually reopening components of our society and ramping up some of the clinical services in our hospitals and clinics, it will ...

New Civilian Coronavirus Corps fails to solve problem of Wolf’s making

Governor Tom Wolf is bringing to life the maxim: Never let a good crisis go to waste. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Wolf wants to roll out a new program that will cripple the state financially and supposedly fix a problem the governor himself is causing. Through his “Commonwealth ...

As state reopens, masking is essential

As Pennsylvania reopens, counties will begin the transition from mitigation phase red to yellow and eventually green by gradually easing stay-at-home orders and restrictions. As this happens, we all need to consider how we can continue to do our part to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 in our ...

Hope — The one thing we surely need

One of our presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, famously and rightly pronounced, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He was right then, and if he were alive today, I believe his words would again have great meaning and substance. Look, I’m as concerned as most people ...

Joseph L. Rider understood the value of a hard day’s work

Joseph L. Rider, Esquire, died on May 3, 2020. Joe was a 57-year member of the Lycoming Law Association. He served as the Association’s President in 1977. The first time I heard the Rider name was when I came to Williamsport to work for Judge Muir. I often thought that Judge Muir only hired ...

Target and stop human trafficking

Human trafficking is commonly thought of as a global human rights issue that disproportionately affects international migrants and impoverished people in developing countries. But the reality is that human trafficking affects individuals, families and communities all across the United States ...

‘Believe the (political) science’

It’s not an understatement to say every Pennsylvanian has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands have faced the virus itself, over a million children are not in school, and more than 1.5 million workers have lost their jobs as a result of Gov. Wolf’s shutdown. The governor ...

Virus aid for states: Help with costs but not years of reckless spending

Imagine you are taking 50 kids on a bus trip to Washington, D.C. They are given an allowance for stuff they might want to buy and told to bring money for meals on the way down and back. The problem is, at the first stop for gas, Johnny and Jimmy and some of their friends spend all of their ...

We’ll power through COVID-19 together

The impacts of the coronavirus epidemic are everywhere. There is the sad toll of illnesses and lives lost. There are economic repercussions in millions of lost jobs, closed businesses and more. The economic effects may make it harder for some customers to pay their electric bill and we’ve ...

Trump’s viral legacy

“Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is ... fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. “Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. ...

Life in the brave new world

In my day, the fear and terror were of nuclear holocaust. I remember as a child going to the home of some of my parents’ friends. The older boy in one of those families showed me a puzzle map of the United States. He showed me the destruction that would occur at the time of a nuclear ...

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 ...