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AMBUCS mission pedals forward

By Rachael Lenhart Close your eyes, and think back to the moment you received your first bike. Do you remember the color? How about the wind in your face when you took off from your parents into your new-found freedom? Did you brag about to your friends at school the next day? This is ...

Insurer steps up in fight against opioids

Insurance companies, part of the health care industry, don’t often resort to military analogies to tout their initiatives. But Highmark Inc.’s announcement last week declaring a “war on opioids” seems apt. The company rolled out two new promising programs to enhance its other ...

Public education is a civil right

By Doug Rosenberry As both a public school teacher of 21 years and a former student in the Altoona Area School District, I have seen firsthand the impact a quality education can have on a child’s life. Pennsylvania was one of the first states in the nation to establish a free public ...

Graham offered words to live by, a life to admire

On a cool Tuesday night in October 1958, the Rev. Billy Graham walked onto a stage at the Charlotte Coliseum for the 26th sermon of a five-week Charlotte crusade. “Tonight,” he began, “I want to talk on how to live the Christian life.” More than 13,000 people had jammed the arena ...

Writing Pennsylvania’s next chapter

In his fourth budget address, Gov. Tom Wolf challenged lawmakers to write “a story about a brighter future we can build together.” Nice rhetoric, but the truth is, the strides Pennsylvania has made in recent years have come despite Wolf’s opposition, not because of his ...

County made right call on opioids suit

Last week, the Dauphin County commissioners filed suit against 11 drug manufacturers and three doctors for ignoring the effects of prescription opioids and pursuing profits over patients. We support that litigation. We acknowledge that the solution to the opioid crisis is complicated, and a ...

US infrastructure needs better access

For a White House often accused of being divisive, President Donald Trump may yet bring warring parties together on a major initiative that few voters will oppose. In his State of the Union address last month, the president declared a major priority of his administration will be the ...

Districts should consider school starting times

Penn State researchers are far from the only ones who have found that later high school start times would better serve the adolescent internal clock. This isn’t a matter of “babying the future generations,” as one commenter on LancasterOnline put it. It’s a matter of biology. We know ...

TCJA benefits significant for many

The benefits of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) passed at the end of 2017 will positively impact the take home pay of many Americans as soon as this month. Unfortunately, to listen to many media reports and some politicians, it amounts to “crumbs” and favors the “rich.” This is pure ...

Newspapers’ real news never left

Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that Facebook would begin prioritizing high-quality news on the social network by allowing its users to rank news sources that they see as the most credible and trustworthy citing “too much sensationalism, misinformation and polarization in the world ...

Justices ignoring constitution

HARRISBURG — We’re nearly a week removed from one of the more consequential decisions rendered by this current iteration of our state Supreme Court, and we still don’t know how the court came to that decision. Sure, all the people moaning and writing about “gerrymandering” in the ...

Opioid addiction has no limit

By Teresa Osborne and Bill Johnston-Walsh Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf took an unprecedented step for Pennsylvania by signing a disaster declaration to fight the heroin and opioid crisis. In doing so he acknowledged that the epidemic is a public health emergency affecting every walk ...

New tax law could contribute more confusion

Hate the Internal Revenue Service? Worried that you won’t be able to fill out your returns correctly under the new tax law? Do not take it out on the poor IRS employee who could not answer your tax question, even after you spent a half-hour on hold. Blame the GOP-led Congress, which, in ...

‘Proud he was my president’

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, ...

Pa. hurts small business for casinos

In the spring of this past year, the Pennsylvania House passed a bill allowing liquor license holders in the state of Pennsylvania the opportunity to install up to five video gaming terminals (VGTS) in their place of business. Our lawmakers had the chance to gain substantial, recurring ...

Papers should be exempt from tariff

The viability of local newspapers, including the Mirror, is being challenged by the proposed newspaper tariff on the import of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada — the type that is used to print this newspaper and others across Pennsylvania. Simply put, newspapers in the commonwealth ...

Voucher plan bad for public schools

Someone once said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” When I think about some legislators’ latest tuition voucher scheme, that sentiment comes immediately to mind. For the third or fourth time in the last quarter ...

Police shooting probes: Report favors rethinking

Pennsylvania State Police, who deserve praise and support for the work they do every day, have good cause to take another look at their approach to investigating troopers’ use of deadly force. A Northampton County grand jury that looked into the agency’s investigation of the May 20 death ...

Button, button, who’s got the button?

In the early evening of Jan. 2, the president of the United States tweeted this boast: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear ...

No farewell for a real non-statesman

The longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history announced this week that he will finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally, finally retire. That’s seven “finallys” — one for each of the consecutive six-year terms Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, served. He begin his ...