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Mountainous divide should be asset

Mountains matter. Mountains always have mattered. Our Appalachian Mountains have been, from our nation’s beginnings, a barrier — for better or worse. The mountains traditionally have delineated the East from the Midwest. The mountains had to be conquered to bring railroads and highways ...

Canada, US relations are strained

MONTREAL — Chalk up another victim to the coronavirus that has swept across the globe: The decades-old amity that tied Canada to the United States in cross-border marriages and commercial relationships, that deepened during World War II, that took the form of three landmark 20th century ...

IU8 responding in time of need

Even though the buildings are closed, school is very much still in session for students in Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Somerset counties. Since Gov. Tom Wolf closed the school buildings on March 13, the 35 school districts in the Intermediate Unit 8 (IU8) four-county region have been hard at ...

What makes seniors more at risk

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in China, we’ve known that older people have the highest mortality rates of anyone should they contract the virus. As the illness has progressed and infected America, we’ve learned in even more detail about this. We now know that 13.4% of patients who are ...

China’s goal would hurt United States

In the classic play, Dr. Faustus agreed to give Lucifer his life and soul in 24 years in exchange for magical powers in the interim. In our Faustian Bargain with our Lucifer, the Communist Party of China, the U.S. consumer received lower prices on certain imports and certain businesses received ...

US can’t rely on foreign supply chains

Decades ago, corporate greed led U.S. companies to search for cheap labor in other countries — starting a trend that has relocated entire American manufacturing sectors and left millions of hard-working Americans without good-paying jobs, all while rich CEOs grew richer. Building trades, ...

Lawmakers must act to mitigate crisis

In the wake of the corona­virus pandemic, Pennsylvania workers, health care providers and students and families are faced with unprecedented obstacles that demand action from Harrisburg. Gov. Tom Wolf has taken a strong approach by closing schools and shuttering so-called ...

Trusted info is magnified in crisis

In these tumultuous, chaotic times, the new corona­virus pandemic has spawned shortages of such essential products as face masks, protective garments and ventilators. One thing is available in abundance: Information. In the age of the internet and the 24-hour news cycle, information on ...

Not crying Wolf: All business is essential

It’s funny the things that occupy your thoughts when circumstances like a pandemic afford you rare opportunities to think. It has been little more than a week since Gov. Tom Wolf rendered our chamber of commerce “non-essential” and mandated that whatever we were doing on behalf of the ...

‘These are the heroes among us’

If we follow the advice from the Center for Disease Control, as well as Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, we will be able lessen the potential effects of COVID-19. While their directives and recommendations may seem challenging — social distancing, ...

Lack of parity hikes telemedicine costs

My family physician’s office is transitioning into telemedicine services. What I’m most concerned about is the potential for additional fees due to the lack of parity laws throughout the commonwealth. Due to the recent pandemic of the coronavirus, many aspects of our daily life have been ...

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 ...