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Editorials

Let’s brace for long road to recovery

A front-page Mirror article on July 29 provided a lengthy account of fears being harbored by owners of bars and eateries stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the restrictions imposed by the state in an effort to get the coronavirus situation under control. Many of those business ...

GOP giving Democrats advantage

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire the party personnel who came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to Democrats. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather ...

Ward bill step toward blight fight

Now that her legislation has been signed into law, state Sen. Judy Ward, her legislative colleagues and other state officials need to ensure that communities across the commonwealth understand it and the window of opportunities that it provides. Actually, that might be a more laborious task ...

Representatives should reverse whitewash of political corruption

Area representatives should push their new House speaker to quickly reverse a quiet whitewash of corruption made by Mike Turzai on his way out the door. Turzai resigned as speaker and his seat in June to take a job in the private sector. Prior to his departure, he ordered plaques placed on ...

Police help students feel safer

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding that police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the few rogues among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more ...

Pandemic puts focus on parents

As the scheduled beginning of the 2020-21 school year draws nearer, the prospect of those ubiquitous yellow buses returning to the roads to pick up and transport our children to class leads to reasonable questions regarding how or even whether it can safely be done amid the continuing COVID-19 ...

Colleges must be vigilant

Many U.S. colleges and universities are preparing to reopen for the fall semester, with in-person classes scheduled widely. It is understandable that many students, parents and college officials are on edge. Science is on their side in a way. COVID-19 seems to be most dangerous for older ...

Local consumer loyalty more vital than ever

The front page of last Monday’s Wall Street Journal included an article portending trouble for businesses not only in the nation’s big cities, but also for retailers, restaurants and other consumer-reliant entities in smaller business hubs such as Altoona and Johnstown. All considered, ...

Francis must show he can take next step

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people — including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...

Boost aid for injured veterans

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, want to ...

Research on plasma promising

Public attention in the COVID-19 pandemic emergency has focused mostly on the horrific case and death numbers and the challenges hospitals and health care workers are facing. Additionally, people keep hoping for promising news about a possible quick cure or effective vaccine. The issue of ...

Ferret out truth on murders

Reta Mays’ spree as a serial killer ended in July 2018, but only after she got away with murdering military veterans for a year. Now that she has been unmasked, the question of how Mays got away with her evil for so long needs to be answered. On Tuesday in U.S. District Court at ...

Enablers should face penalties

For months since the late Dr. Richard Strauss’ misdeeds at Ohio State University surfaced, people have wondered how he got away with it for so long. While serving as a doctor for OSU athletic teams during the 1990s, Strauss sexually abused hundreds of young men. Some of them complained at ...

State parks deserve attention

This is an excellent time for state lawmakers to be more proactive on behalf of state parks and their respective facilities. The parks provide numerous opportunities to enjoy sunshine and fresh air amid the necessity for social distancing that COVID-19 has wrought. It probably is safe to ...

PA shouldn’t bet on casinos for fast tax fix

While there is no such thing as a sure bet, it’s a fairly safe wager that the upcoming mini-casino auction will be a bust. State lawmakers in June, wishing for a tax boost, ordered the state Gaming Control Board to try to auction off a mini-casino license. But unlike in Disney’s ...

Keeping close eye on Iran

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country — were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the ...

Replace monuments with signs of peace

The monuments to Confederate generals and to those who fought to maintain slavery are coming down. That’s a good thing and long overdue. It cannot stop there, however, as we move not only to eradicate their symbolism, but the very real systemic racism they represent, and which sadly ...

COVID-19 casts pall over holiday

Unimpeded by the coronavirus pandemic, many communities across America will present their traditional fireworks displays this weekend in honor of Independence Day. Virtually every U.S. city and town also will experience its share of firecrackers and colorful airborne displays. Meanwhile, ...

It’s July 4: Make safety our priority

Fireworks are part of the Fourth of July. They are more available than ever in most areas. And this year, for obvious reasons, even some people who did not buy and set off their own pyrotechnics in the past may be tempted to use them to blow off some steam — just so no one blows off a ...

Help keep museums relevant

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of the ...