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County vaccine effort still needs shot in arm

March 13, 2020 feels like a lifetime ago. Since then Blair County lost more than 330 citizens to COVID. Over 10 percent of our residents tested positive. Many more were probably never tested. From our youngest students to our oldest residents, from our cities and towns to our farms, ...

Honoring our health care heroes

What is a hero? Maya Angelou famously said, “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” In our leadership roles within the Conemaugh Health System, we have the privilege of working with an incredible team of health care heroes who work ...

Radar would better protect citizens

On Tuesday, April 20, the Mirror published a letter from an individual representing the PA Advocate National Motorists Association requesting Pennsylvania citizens contact their local state representatives and request they vote “no” on House Bill 606, which would allow local municipal ...

Fair schools funding fight gets its day

Advocates for fair school funding in Pennsylvania are watching the calendar, but the anticipated date isn’t on the docket of the state legislature. A lawsuit filed seven years ago by parents and school districts against state government has been given a tentative trial date in September ...

Biden takes gun violence seriously; state should, too

After four long years, and at a time Philadelphia needs it most, there is an occupant in the White House who understands the value of gun control. The White House has announced initial actions the administration is taking to address gun violence. Unable to impose gun control requirements ...

Antibody treatment proves effective

Rising rates of vaccinations against COVID-19 across Pennsylvania and the country are certainly cause for celebrating — and bring much-needed hope for the return of the kind of summer activities and gatherings that we’ve all longed for. But as our own data show, some vaccinated people ...