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Civil liberties: The delicate balance

It is a delicate process to define civil rights and liberties. Many people believe that freedom of action and freedom of speech gives them the right to do whatever they want. The concept of a “protest” is thought by some to be a legitimate petition to the government. There must be a balance ...

Pennsylvania police reform

Law enforcement leaders in Pennsylvania are committed to continuing constructive changes that can make our criminal justice system fairer for all citizens. Pennsylvania is one of the few states to pass meaningful reforms into law since George Floyd’s death. This is a considerable achievement. ...

Beating COVID-19 is a team effort — our masks are our jerseys

More than 130,000 lives have been lost in the United States as a result of COVID-19. In Pennsylvania we’ have had more than 96,000 people contract COVID-19. Tragically, close to 7,000 have died. We’ve watched Pennsylvania’s case count begin to rise once again — enough so that we are ...

Mailing it in is a recipe for voting chaos

We walked into the voting precinct, gave poll workers our names, showed our identification, signed our names on the roll, filled out ballots and watched the volunteer scan them while explaining how they would be counted and safeguards against a scanning error. We left certain our votes would ...

It’s time for state lawmakers, Gov. Wolf to fund COVID-19 testing

As Pennsylvanians begin to enjoy warm summer days, thousands of older adults living in nursing homes, personal care, and assisted living cannot leave their facilities or receive visits from their loved ones. This has been the reality for many older adults since our commonwealth entered into ...

In this life or never

Mankind is flawed in so many ways. We all have made many mistakes throughout our own personal existence, we either did something or said something that we really regretted. If we did not regret what we said or did, then we are not flawed once but twice. We all have made many allies and many ...

Law enforcement defunding

Defunding or re-appropriating law enforcement funding is an impulsive, counterproductive approach to addressing issues that require a systemic set of solutions. “Defunding police” means something different to everyone, but the common theme involves cutting funding from police department ...

Protesting the statues

Protesting statutes based upon the life and works of those honored has become all the rage today. One particular toppling was that of Ulysses S. Grant. I am currently reading Ron Chernow’s book about Grant. Chernow wrote the great treatise on Alexander Hamilton which was made into a ...

Prices paid to dairy farmers are a disaster

One more time, dairy farmers thought their pay price would really rebound when they were told the Class III price (used to make cheese) for June was going to be $21.04 per cwt. (hundred pounds). If all milk was priced correctly, then the $21.04 would be great news. However, even though the ...

Who you gonna call? Parks and Rec!

It’s as predictable as gaping baby birds and late-winter potholes, all crying to be filled. Come budget time, municipal park and recreation services perennially want for funding. In a 2017 national study conducted by Penn State University, researchers found that 83 percent of local ...

Pandemic highlights the value of workforce development networks

When Maria Joseph Manor continuing care facility in Danville needed hand sanitizer, the hair care products company Function of Beauty in Catawissa came through with 100 bottles. When Geisinger Medical needed face shields for its doctors and nurses, DiamondBack Truck Covers in Phillipsburg ...

In uncertain times, parents need online options

Amid the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, parents continue to face new challenges when it comes to their child’s education. In a time where stay-at-home orders, social distancing and travel restrictions have become the new norm, parents have to make important — and potentially tough ...

Coronavirus and the US-UK free trade agreement

The coronavirus has roiled global commerce. How will this pandemic influence trade policy? The upcoming US-UK negotiations will serve as a test. A US-UK trade deal has been in the works for years. It gets outsized attention because Britain’s “Brexit” from Europe presents both sides with ...

On birthday 244, America is upside down — and it’s scary

These United States of America mark birthday 244 this weekend. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to blow out the candles when you are upside down. And upside down we are. This national nervous breakdown started with shared anguish over the senseless death of a black man at the hands of a ...

Next great cure might be in your medicine cabinet

In the race against COVID-19, biopharmaceutical firms Regeneron and Sanofi have launched clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy of their drug, Kevzara, in treating the virus’ life-threatening immune complications. Interestingly, Kevzara isn’t new; it was initially approved by the FDA in ...

COVID-19 exposes imprudence of age-based school structure

Many K-12 schools were closed for over two months — and people are understandably panicking about students “falling behind.” Parents are frantically downloading curricula and buying workbooks off the shelves for homeschooling. District administrators are uncertain which grade levels to ...

Lawmakers right to end Wolf’s extended disaster declaration

Barber shops and hair salons across Pennsylvania have sparked controversy during the prolonged business shutdown. Many have risked crushing fines and license suspensions to defy forced-closure orders and serve their customers. Cindy Schindler, owner of Papillon Salon and Skin Care Center in ...

PA State Police holds its troopers to the highest standards

Pennsylvania state troopers don’t enlist for medals or to win popularity contests. Many of us grew up wanting to be troopers, proud to serve our communities and willing to lay down our lives if necessary. Since the formation of our department in 1905, our ranks have suffered 98 line-of-duty ...

Economic and health recovery relies on funding the front lines

AFSCME District Council 86 represents nearly 5,000 workers in northcentral Pennsylvania, including 287 in local school districts; 661 at Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield Universities; 165 prison employees; 453 who work for various cities, boroughs, and townships; and 2,441 employees who ...

Get the most from your summer electricity dollar

We’ve all heard “how hot is it?” jokes, but it’s not amusing when sweltering summer temperatures drive up your electric bill. And coronavirus pandemic or not, Mother Nature will likely be right on schedule with the usual heat and humidity. The pandemic has changed the way we live and ...