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Animal research playing vital role

By Matthew R. Bailey The race to vaccinate the country is on. People are beginning to receive the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna. It’s the second vaccine to receive emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, closely following the one from Pfizer and ...

Don’t hate players; hate game

Many Americans are upset that President-elect Joe Biden has replaced President Donald Trump. For most of them, it’s not that they will miss Trump, it’s that they fear that the size and scope of government will grow so fast that it will permanently change the country they love. And this ...

Here’s hoping Biden equal to challenge

Joe Biden faces many challenges as he embarks on his presidency today, after taking the oath of office at noon. Not since Abraham Lincoln has a president faced a nation so deeply divided. While the issues are different from those in the 1860s, the intense split could result in a kind of ...

Regulate social media like utilities

Democracy took a big blow when Twitter shut down President Donald Trump's accounts and Google and Amazon ousted Parler, a site favored by millions of conservatives. Big Tech, which is run by the left, is robbing Americans of their right to communicate freely and exchange ideas. The ...

Republicans getting stripped of money

With much of corporate America vowing to withhold donations to Republican insurrectionists, party leaders have a choice to make. The Trump cult or the money? The money or the Trump cult? One hoped that love of country and its democratic institutions would have been reason enough to strongly ...

Americans deserve $2K without delay

It’s shameful that Republicans in the U.S. Senate have slowed to a tortoise-like pace when it comes to providing $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks to Americans, many of whom need help for the first — and perhaps only — time since they’ve been paying federal taxes. While Democrats, along ...

US democracy must be protected

For nearly 250 years, free and fair elections have been a hallmark of American democracy. In their pursuit to counter a king’s oppressive tyranny, our nation’s founders forged a representative government that gave power not to an elite monarch, but to the people. Since the founding of ...

Finding pandemic’s silver linings

WASHINGTON — Trying to find a silver lining in the pandemic while it’s still raging may be a fool’s errand, but evidence abounds that the curse of the coronavirus has had some positive effects on us, both individually and collectively. While we can hardly believe what’s happened — ...

Education being shortchanged

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted childhood education. In many countries, kids have physically returned to school. In others, schools were never closed. Yet in the United States, many public schools have been closed since March, yielding disastrous results for ...

Trump aids transformational shift

Many years ago, I was introduced to key Republican policies of fiscal discipline (balancing the federal budget) and smaller, less invasive government (modest spending programs and individual initiative and responsibility). Individuals, families, and businesses live within their means, ...

State provides insurance option

One thing we’ve all learned in 2020 is that good health is everything. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that it’s more important than ever to have access to the insurance you need to live a healthy life. That’s why we’re happy to introduce Pennie, Pennsylvania’s new health ...

Trump is winning economy

Trump is winning economy By Cal Thomas Some people can’t handle success. The latest jobs report shows that despite the pandemic President Trump’s policies of lower taxes and reducing regulations continue to work. Raising taxes and imposing regulations, as Joe Biden has pledged to do, ...

Wolf leaving too many in cold

By Gene Barr In a year that’s already been plagued with financial hardships, small businesses, nonprofits, day cares and the education and medical communities recently received more troubling news when Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed critical liability protections on the last day of the 2019-20 ...

Innovation brings hope to horizon

For centuries, America has been the land of promise, and we have led the way in lifesaving advancement. In the span of my own medical career alone, I have witnessed remarkable innovation — from groundbreaking discoveries to new therapeutics and even cures for deadly diseases. In 2020, ...

We are in ‘bluebird moment’

It is Judy Garland versus Vera Lynn. It is The 1939 song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” versus the 1942 hit “White Cliffs of Dover.” It is America in its prewar reverie versus Great Britain in its wartime trial. This is, for America’s two political parties, a Bluebird ...

America’s presidential process matters

The 2020 presidential election is not over yet. There are multiple legal challenges and recounts pending in key states, and, under a long-standing legal process, those events must play out before a winner is officially declared. I know roughly half the nation does not want to hear that, ...

Court ‘balance’ has often swung

Recent controversy over the recent Supreme Court nomination and its impact on the balance of the court suggests an historical analysis might provide some insight into the matter. I use the political party (D or R) of the president making the nomination as proxy. Judicial temperament ...

School bus industry in jeopardy

Most of us remember the popular children’s song, “The Wheels on the Bus.” When we were kids, we sang it with our friends as we rode a yellow bus to school; as parents, we taught it to our own children. But in every school district across the state, the future of the yellow bus is at ...

Kudos to Direct Support Professionals

This week, Sept. 13-19, is observed nationally as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, and for good reason. Direct Support Professionals, or “DSPs” as they’re often called, are the frontline workers at human services agencies that support people living with intellectual or ...

Kudos to Direct Support Professionals

Local Voices By Rebecca Aungst This week, Sept. 13-19, is observed nationally as Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, and for good reason. Direct Support Professionals, or “DSPs” as they’re often called, are the frontline workers at human services agencies that support ...