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Pennsylvania cities need the American Rescue Plan — we cannot wait

As mayors of Pennsylvania cities, we witness the human toll the pandemic takes each day it stretches on. We see families losing loved ones, jobless workers struggling to make ends meet, kids stuck at home and isolated, and businesses closing their doors for good. Across our Commonwealth, ...

A Call to Arms

The history of violence in the United States political history is long and sordid. Whether it was the Whiskey Rebellion, whose perpetrators were ultimately tried in Washington DC, or the Bonus March during the Great Depression, the District of Columbia has known its share of violence. In 1968, ...

Voters will have their say on emergency declarations

Pennsylvania voters will finally have a say this spring in the state’s handling of extended disaster emergencies. At the upcoming primary election, on May 18, voters will be asked to vote on a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would limit the duration of an emergency ...

MASK CONFUSION: Let’s be clear about best practices

If you were asked to name three safety measures to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, most likely at the forefront would be wash your hands, social distance and wear your mask. You know when to wash your hands. You know when to social distance. But do you know when to wear your mask? Is it ...

The political evolution of adult-use cannabis: why postpone the inevitable?

There has been a seismic change in the country’s public opinion toward the legalization of adult-use cannabis sales, including here in Pennsylvania. A Franklin & Marshall poll released last fall indicates that 58 percent of Pennsylvania voters support recreational legalization as a ...

Should double-charging patients be legal?

Imagine going with a friend to your favorite restaurant. When the bill comes, your friend offers to cover it — and plops down a gift card. The waiter charges the card without issue. But as you get up to leave, the waiter demands more cash. “What do you mean?” you stammer. “We just ...

The label that I like … and live by

Blue collar. That’s the label I like. That’s the label I try to live by. The meaning of that label is what I tried to teach my kid. Yes, that’s the label I prefer in an America gone crazy with labels, with choosing sides and picking fights if a person’s beliefs don’t meet ...

How COVID-19 vaccines work, why we need them

A little more than a year ago we started hearing that a new coronavirus was making people sick in China and might spread around the world. It did just that, making 2020 the hardest year many of us have known. It has felt like the longest year we’ve ever known, too. But our doctors and ...

The vaccine clinic heroes – and those who have undermined them

There we were at the vaccination tent on Super Sunday, the few, the proud, the ones with injections canceled six days earlier by a snowstorm. The faces are weathered but expressions hopeful. The comaraderie is a throwback to a year ago — when 30 people could socialize at a Super Bowl party. ...

The 1917 Russian Revolution and the insurrection against the US Congress

As I watched the attempted overthrow of our government on Jan. 6, I was appalled at the parallels of the February 1917 Russian Revolution. I taught Russian and Soviet History in the Russian Studies and International Relations Programs at Bucknell for 20 years and was startled to see the ...

Goodbye, Dr. Levine

Along with many Pennsylvanians, I was astounded upon learning that Secretary Levine was promoted into the Biden Administration. Failed policies should not be rewarded. Where is the accountability? Rather than accountability for policies that led to over 10,000 deaths of our elderly, ...

How COVID-19 will impact seniors long term

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated information regarding the long-term effects of COVID-19 by the middle of November 2020. The organization states they are actively working on learning more about the whole range of short and long-term health effects associated with the ...

Familiarity spreads COVID

We should all know by now the safety measures to apply to keep safe from COVID-19: wear a mask correctly, socially distance, practice proper hygiene, and avoid indoor gathering. Simple measures to help protect us all, however, are not always easy to apply to family. Familiarity lessens our ...

The wrong solution to a very serious problem

The Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has resigned her position, because the Department of State failed to properly advertise a proposed Constitutional amendment, which would retroactively extend the legal deadline for the filing of civil claims for child abuse. In my personal ...

America’s energy industry hangs in the balance

In his inauguration address, President Biden spoke of a nation moving forward as one to overcome the many challenges ahead, proclaiming that doing so “requires the most elusive of things in a democracy: unity.” Unfortunately for the hardworking men and women employed in America’s energy ...

National Women Physicians Day serves as reminder of strides in medicine

When I was 13, I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, a disorder that causes the thyroid to overproduce hormones. Symptoms can include anxiety, tremors, hair and weight loss and puffy eyes, among others. The disease is treatable, but it was pretty scary stuff for a teenage girl. ...

The path forward

With the handoff of power from one president to another, we enter this new phase of our national life in deep distress. We are divided and polarized, struggling to communicate reasonably with one another, and seemingly unable to find common ground on basic issues. Yet the path forward is ...

Changing times means opportunity for students, inclusivity of process

For more than 60 years, Lock Haven University has held a special place in my life and heart. Lock Haven State Teacher’s College, as it was known when I attended in the late 1950s and early 60s, gave me a wonderful start in life. In 1961, I graduated with a degree in Health and Physical ...

Tools for ending COVID-19: Reduce risk with vaccines, behavior change

COVID-19 vaccinations are rolling out across the country!  Last month healthcare workers and nursing home residents started getting their shots as part of Pennsylvania’s Phase 1A. Just recently the 1A category was expanded to include anyone over 65 as well as those 16-64 with conditions ...