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Opinion

Most U.S. problems are made worse by GOP

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Michael Spahr’s letter to the editor printed May 9 has proven the power of political propaganda at perpetuating a fictional narrative that poisons the discord and feeds the divisions in this country. I wish I did not have to write a correction every time he submits his ...

Birth dearth about values, not economics

Local Columns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that births in the USA reached another historic low in 2020. For the sixth consecutive year, the birth rate dropped — this time by 4%. The average annual drop in the five previous years was 2%. The rate at which American women are ...

Tell your EMS agencies you appreciate them

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: May 16-22 is National EMS Week. This year’s theme — This is EMS: Caring for Our Communities — recognizes the EMS practitioner’s dedication to providing high level emergency care throughout our communities 24/7/365. Whether a medical or trauma emergency, active ...

Know a victim of domestic abuse? Here’s how to help them

Local Columns

Domestic abuse is a terrible cycle. Victim advocates say it takes an average of seven events before the injured person tries to leave an abusive situation for good. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the ...

Commencement of supposed to be about the graduating seniors

Editorials

As we head down the stretch of a school year unlike any before it, plans are being finalized for how local schools will honor the graduating class of seniors. And because — while we are making great progress on the fight against COVID-19 and more and more people are choosing to get ...

Why is burden always placed on taxpayers?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This past year our schools were often closed due to the pandemic. So, with the schools closed and children not being able to attend live classes everyone else in the school system seems to still be collecting their wages and benefits. I have no problem with that but am ...

Where did all those ‘capitalist pigs’ go?

Local Columns

“There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money,” is an insight the famed biographer James Boswell attributed to Samuel Johnson. Clients of the late Bernie Madoff, however, might take issue. Over four decades, Madoff, acclaimed as the greatest ...

Eight important reasons to read more books

Local Columns

Note to readers: Beginning next Saturday, May 15, Vince Giordano’s Book Report column will move to Page E2 in our Saturday Living section. ¯¯¯ When people ask “How can I read more? How can I read more books this year? What’s the secret to reading a lot?” The short answer is just ...