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Potter Creek, Cove mourn selfless Corle

The Northern Bedford and Southern Cove areas lost an extraordinary member of our community last Monday with the passing of Wayne Corle. Perhaps you knew Corle as a talented body shop owner who could repair a crashed vehicle and make it appear brand new like few others. Or maybe you’ll ...

PA must do part to stop killing Chesapeake Bay

State Sen. Gene Yaw of Williamsport is correct. The pandemic-induced economic downturn and resulting $5 billion state budget deficit make it highly unlikely Pennsylvania lawmakers will rally now to make right the state’s shameful failure to meet its obligations to clean up the Chesapeake ...

State bus group opposes added fees

The decision to toll bridges on the interstate system is one that the Pennsylvania Bus Association (PBA) strongly disagrees with. Our industry already pays more than its fair share to operate on Pennsylvania roadways and additional tolls would only add to that increasing cost. The ...

THON credit to PSU

Each winter the Bryce Jordan Center, normally the home for Nittany Lions basketball and other indoor sports, is put to a far more significant purpose as the headquarters of a remarkable charitable endeavor. THON, a 46-hour dance marathon led by Penn State students, raises money for pediatric ...

Misericordia testing program could be model

From the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak in this country and this state about a year ago, the nation has constantly been unwilling or unable to mobilize sufficient people and resources to conduct testing sufficient enough to really keep track of the virus spread, and in turn to effectively ...

All ears when it comes to mask wearing

To say this past year has been difficult would be an understatement. People keep asking, “When will we get back to normal?” I am not sure this is not the new normal. In many ways, this pandemic is like getting a big wad of chewing gum stuck on the bottom of your shoe. No matter how ...

Opioid addiction: Resuming war important fight

The COVID-19 pandemic’s myriad effects on society and the economy have accelerated Pennsylvania’s other tragic public health emergency — deadly opioid addiction. State Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jennifer Smith disclosed recently that 2020 might have eclipsed 2017 ...

Thinking outside box to survive

Americans are no strangers to hard economic times. Poverty still exists. Millions struggle with financial despair. The answers are not always easy but here are possibilities. Look into your local community college and see what training is offered. One- and two-year programs are ...

Nursing homes need answers, more protection

At The Gardens at Stevens, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Denver, Pennsylvania, 39 residents had died of COVID-19 as of the publication of LancasterOnline journalist Nicole C. Brambila’s investigative article published in the Jan. 17 edition. “The Gardens at Stevens is ...

State should meet duty on recovery homes

Even if the unfolding vaccination effort against COVID-19 has the desired effect of suppressing the pandemic, Pennsylvania still faces another public health emergency. The scope of the COVID-19 emergency has worsened the opioid addiction crisis. Pennsylvania is one of the states most ...

Don’t forget horrors of Holocaust

“When evil darkens our world, let us be the bearers of light. When fists are clenched in self-righteous rage, let our hands be open for the sake of peace. When injustice slams doors on the ill, the poor, the old and the strangers, let us pry the doors open.” Spoken softly by a small crowd ...

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 ...