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Opinion

China must be held accountable

Letters to the Editor

As of December 2019, the United States was in debt to China $1.07 trillion. Who else thinks the U.S. should hold China responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak? The coronavirus is costing the U.S. billions of dollars as it attempts to control and treat the disease. Then there are the loss of ...

‘These are the heroes among us’

Other Commentaries

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, ...

Keeping nonprofits in mind

Editorials

We Americans are renowned for our compassionate generosity. When we learn of a need, we rush to fill it. It is time to double-down on that attitude of helping others. Throughout the nation, tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations — some big national ones, others strictly local — are ...

Shutdown leaving some mixed messages

Letters to the Editor

It is an indisputable fact that the number one contributor to the spread of the COVID-19 virus around the world is mass transit, specifically airline travel. Just as with schools, mass transit is also a major contributor to the spread of any illness. You can go to a state park to enjoy ...

President pivoted ‘180 degrees’ on virus

Letters to the Editor

My wife and I were riding in our car this week when the daily White House briefing on the COVID-19 virus came on the radio. I turned it off, but she made me turn it back on. What I heard was the stunning and frighteningly fact-challenged performance by President Donald Trump. I pitied poor ...

Be wary of inward enemies

Editorials

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our atmosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health ...

‘Longer’ lunch break will be remembered

Letters to the Editor

My husband and I took his two-year-old grandson, Gabriel, up the street for lunch on Thursday, Feb 13. We went to D’Ottavio’s on The Diamond in Hollidaysburg. It was filled with about 20 sixth graders and one teacher assistant/chaperone from Longer Elementary. At first, I thought, “oh, ...

‘Skull break challenge’ alarming

Editorials

The coronavirus pandemic is dominating people’s attention, but they must not close their eyes to other potential perils. Unfortunately, there’s one that has been lurking in the proverbial shadows for some time that demands vigilance and parental communication, before it has the ...

Irresponsible letter should sound alarm

Letters to the Editor

I was dismayed to see Don Mencl’s letter (“Coronavirus threat being fueled by media”) from March 17. It was irresponsible in the extreme, and believing it will mean that many of our friends and neighbors will die. We can no longer prevent COVID-19 finding its way into our ...

Lack of parity hikes telemedicine costs

Other Commentaries

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 ...

B-A leadership was anything but super

Letters to the Editor

Along with many others, I attended the most recent Bellwood-Antis School Board meeting. I’m sure that many of those present came away thoroughly disgusted and disillusioned over Superintendent Thomas McInroy’s handling of the recent alleged sexual abuse situation involving one of our ...

We’re paying for China’s doctrine

Opinion

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 ...

Spreading deer disease taxing, too

Editorials

Hunters have been persistent in their opinion that culling is not the answer to eradicating chronic wasting disease from the deer, elk and moose populations, and a meeting of Pennsylvania Game Commission representatives, lawmakers and hunters on March 7 in Blair County did not change that ...

Coverage of the virus ‘essential’

Opinion

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 ...

Socialists are trying to change America

Letters to the Editor

Don’t hit the snooze button. “Beep. Beep. Beep.” Wake up America. That’s the alarm sounding. We need to have another Paul Revere moment in our country. This time it’s the far-left liberal socialist party that’s coming. The Democratic party today is not the Democratic party my ...

‘When you live in a bubble, it bursts’

Letters to the Editor

For those who consider the coronavirus to be the flu, and those who believe the media and or the Democrats are behind it all, can you please explain to me how the Democrats or the media were able to convince the Chinese to quarantine 40 million people and the Italian, French, German and Spanish ...

Bar, restaurant owners are heroes, too

COVID-19

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 ...

In praise of UPMC diabetes program

Letters to the Editor

I have just completed a six-session diabetes management course presented at UPMC Altoona. It was delivered by three outstanding health professionals. The presenters were engaging, compassionate and informed. Pat, Monica and Tom are experts and committed to the art and science of diabetes ...

Bellwood shouldn’t rush to judgment

Letters to the Editor

I believe that Bellwood-Antis residents should wait for all the findings by the proper agencies before any more hearsay regarding the current issue is offered. Various school boards and administrations have brought our school district into prominence, and we must wait until all factual ...

Take time to reflect on the sun

Opinion

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 ...