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We’re paying for China’s doctrine

Virtually no media coverage of the COVID-19 Virus is directed where it should be — to the Communist Party of China. Reportedly, the virus started in October 2019, but was not acknowledged for three months. In any country with a free press, news would have spread quickly and early action ...

Coverage of the virus ‘essential’

What day is it? Oh, Sunday. The days since initial concern over the coronavrius quickly morphed into a pandemic — challenging our world like never before — are running together so please forgive me. You’re seeing designations of “essential” and “life-sustaining” references ...

Bar, restaurant owners are heroes, too

Monday’s announcement from Gov. Wolf left many wondering why bars and restaurants were ordered to close. And it didn’t help matters that after the order was made, there was significant confusion due to different interpretations of the order until Wolf sent out a clarification later that ...

Take time to reflect on the sun

Today at noon, unplug your backlit screen, stroll outdoors and take in the buoyant charm of reflected light. Afterwards, take a few minutes to reflect on the sun, the superstar powering the existence of the earth — including us, all things animate and inanimate, everything. The Vernal ...

Time right for redistricting reform

“That’s all we’re asking for: an end to the antidemocratic and un-American practice of gerrymandering congressional districts. ... The fact is, gerrymandering has become a national scandal.” — President Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan understood the dangers of gerrymandering, and his ...

Celebrating life of the common man

Have you stopped to think of the people in your life who make the hardest tasks possible? On Jan. 22, I traveled to the home of a long-term member of our company, Russell McGuire, to visit as he had just started hospice care because of his battle with cancer. McGuire was engaged in ...

Coronavirus response is team effort

Over the past weeks, Americans have watched as COVID-19, or coronavirus, spread from China to other parts of the world. As a doctor, father and grandfather, I understand Pennsylvanians’ growing concerns about this virus and its potential consequences not only for our nation, but also for ...

Fix state’s shortage of educators

Do you like living in a world with doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and artists? We wouldn’t have any of these professionals — or countless others — without educators. Education is the career that makes every other career possible. So, it should trouble all of us that Pennsylvania, ...

Vaping becoming national epidemic

The Federal Drug Administration has declared the practice of vaping a national epidemic, and I agree. As a practicing pulmonologist, I have seen the devastating and longterm effects of tobacco smoking. E-cigarettes and vaping devices were introduced to the U.S. market in 2007. The initial ...

Appreciation worth a day to celebrate

Today is Valentine’s Day. And while most of the thoughts of love and affection on this day are of the romantic variety, the truth is that a significant number of the population may not have a “significant other” with whom to celebrate. But Feb. 14 need not be for romantic couples ...

To boost economy, fight disease

To understand the health of an economy, look at the health of those who participate in it. About six in 10 U.S. adults have at least one chronic disease, such as diabetes, cancer, or heart disease. These conditions, also called noncommunicable diseases, are expected to collectively cost the ...

Impeachment meant to be rare

The impeachment experience provided a civics lesson opportunity. Media reporting did not do justice to that opportunity. My analysis does not depend on fact witnesses, but rather law, the constitution and the legal process. It is taken from the defense presentations of Ken Starr, ...

Pot push lives in labor la-la-land

While Lt. Gov. John Fetterman crusades on legalizing recreational marijuana, one poll released last fall suggests Pennsylvanians may not be eager to jump on the bandwagon. They’re right to be cautious. Lost amid the legalization hullabaloo is the chaos unfettered pot will wreak on labor ...

Greek engagement or estrangement?

By Kelly Lewis Surrounding the nearly $2 trillion university industrial complex is the $250 billion alcohol industry with alcohol marketing budgets in the billions openly celebrating the consumption of alcohol across college football, March Madness, spring breaks and in movies and ...

Wolf, DEP must police Mariner East

In December 2017, Sunoco Pipeline reported that 25 gallons of drilling fluid had leaked into Raystown Lake during construction of its controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline. Flash forward to January 2020. Earlier this month, regulators announced that the spill was actually much, much larger ...

Region important to Amtrak, too

By Dennis Newman A Mirror editorial published Jan 10 was titled “Amtrak important to region.” We completely agree. And the region is important to Amtrak, too. For Amtrak, Pennsylvania is truly the Keystone State, with more than 120 daily trains, and nearly 6.7 million people boarding or ...

Volunteer fire services on life support

When I joined the fire service in 1969, the last thing on any department’s agenda was recruitment and retention. In fact, a few years after I joined, my department closed its charter because we had so many members. Times were different then. The local economy was booming. You could ...

Program makes insulin affordable

April 19,1775 at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts was the “shot heard around the world,” which is the beginning of the American Revolution. This first bold statement by the American colonists was the initial phase of what most believe to be the greatest overthrow of ...

Editorial sells short role of free press

By Andrew Leheny I have serious concerns regarding the Mirror’s Dec. 22 editorial “Impeachment doesn’t deter Trump support.” Our Founding Fathers demonstrated clearly the importance of a free press to our nation. Their incorporation of a free press within the First Amendment of the ...

Trains chug with enduring appeal

There’s an excursion line operated by the Everett Railroad that makes regular runs out of Hollidaysburg. You ride in restored vintage passenger cars pulled by No.11, a coal-fired steam locomotive built in the 1920s. Chugging along on an old track through narrow ravines and deeply wooded ...