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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 ...

A civic duty for today’s news consumer: Identify fake news

Pennsylvanians are social people, often engaging with family, friends and others through numerous social media platforms. Information shared on these platforms can come from reputable news sources or, unfortunately, from other untrustworthy contributors that publish verifiably false content. ...

A set of standards that spin doctors don’t want you to see

The year is 1975. The alarm clock is set for 5 a.m. The gas station opens at 7 a.m. If you get there two hours early, you will be near the front of the line waiting to purchase the $5 limit of gasoline. The gas only costs 80 cents a gallon ... if you can get it. There is an oil embargo ...

Americans must come together — it’s what we do best

America is divided. We see and feel it every day, and one can become discouraged. Then, when we recently marked the 19th remembrance of 9/11, something happened: Americans from all across the nation put politics aside and honored the brave people we lost. We were reminded of an earlier time ...

Jean Staiman: A Lost Art

Jean Staiman, a lifelong member of the Williamsport Jewish community, recently departed, was a lost work of art! There was a time when the “woman of accomplishment,” subject of the well-known Proverb, was the power behind the throne occupied by her husband. Jean fulfilled that role ...

‘We need to remain vigilant’

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. David Lopatofsky, chief medical officer, UPMC in the Susquehanna Region, agrees with and regionally UPMC supports the following statement authored by his colleagues on the Western PA Regional Chief Medical Officer Consortium. “COVID-19 is real, it is still here, and it ...

Self-awareness helpful during COVID

In a conversation with a physician, I learned that there are more COVID cases in the White House than in all New Zealand. I don’t know if that is true, but close is embarrassing enough. As a result, New Zealand is not really shut down. We could attribute this to their totalitarian ...

Time for Pennsylvania to take control of its economic future

Cheaper natural gas flooding the markets in Pennsylvania has pushed costlier coal-fired power to the brink of elimination. Lost in the bargain is the fate of workers and communities that have long labored for coal. Who will come to their aid? In the past, no one has. I grew up in the small ...

Trust the science — including the virus vaccine

Trust the science. That’s the lecture we have been getting for eight months regarding the coronavirus. Based on that, an economy was shut down – much of it is not yet reopened – masks have become a debate topic and dilemmas over public gatherings and business operations have become ...

Pandemic hasn’t broken the system of employer health insurance

Over 55 million Americans have filed for unemployment since COVID-19 struck. But for the most part, they haven’t lost their health insurance. An astounding 98 percent of workers who had employer-sponsored health benefits before the pandemic are still enrolled in workplace plans, according to ...

Let’s talk about compassionate reform

Victims and survivors of violent crimes are often faced with questions about forgiveness. About healing. About compassion. Individuals often misunderstand the healing journey of a survivor, making comments and judgments based on how they think they might feel if their own loved one was ...

Nothing new under the sun

“Nothing new under the sun.” These famous words were first written by Kohelet, also known to the Western World as Ecclesiastes. The author, most say King Solomon, bemoaned the sameness of circumstances and the tendency for humankind to repeat its mistakes. The “Defund Police” ...

Moms know best

All across the country, moms are asking, “Why can’t we have whole milk back in our schools?” The answer is simple. The Obama administration had whole milk removed from all of our schools across the nation. The Trump administration hasn’t done anything regarding placing whole milk back ...

Go for the Gold and gain a competitive edge

For as long as I can remember, the SAT and ACT scores were the most widely used and accepted admissions criteria for colleges and universities nationwide. While I might be dating myself, my SAT score arrived by mail in an official envelope with a perforated tear on one side. It was at that ...

A post-election, 8-member Supreme Court would invite chaos

The system our founders designed as the American democracy positions the Supreme Court as the adults in the room. And the evolution of the other two branches of our government into food fights rather than problem-solving the past few decades has underscored the high court’s role. Two of ...

Hey Pennsylvania: Don’t we need the arts?

“There’s no business like show business,” we sang, “like no business I know.” As a member of Mansfield University’s elite group of singers, The Mansfieldians, I was filled with pride as we packed the auditorium. Our 28 performers sang and danced like clockwork and I have seldom felt ...

Get ready for an American energy comeback

Judging from the headlines, America’s energy sector could collapse at any moment. Scattered amidst coronavirus coverage are reports of plummeting energy stocks and commodities traders paying people to take barrels of oil off their hands. The COVID-19 outbreak certainly disrupted the energy ...

Bipartisanship key to redistricting

Crises loom everywhere during these turbulent times, so you would be forgiven if the issue of gerrymandering was far down on your list of priorities. But it should not be. In fact, it plays a significant role in how your state Legislature and elected U.S. representatives handle the myriad ...

Paving the way to Hell

We often hear the phrase that the path to hell is paved with good intentions. The post-World War II years were met with what sociologists called “urban flight”. People like my parents left the cities to move out to the suburbs and the country. As the inner cities deteriorated, white city ...