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Editorials

Adults prove to kids the dangers of social media

Teens and even tweens are constantly asking their parents — or not asking — to use various and sundry social media applications on their phones. Parents try hard to persuade the youngsters of the risk involved, but who wants to listen to stodgy old mom and dad? Police agencies recommend ...

As virus spreads, vaccine rates drop, putting more children at risk

Amid these uncertain, scary times, when COVID-19 refuses to release its deadly grip on this country, the proverbial seeds are being planted — at least in some parts of the nation — for other health problems, these involving children. There have been no numbers released about how prevalent ...

A life of memories, a year of reckoning for 2020 seniors

Members of the Class of 2020: You will forever be known at the Class of 19 — COVID-19, the virus that caused your 12 years of education to end in 11 3/4. Like any group of young people reaching a milestone, yours has know good and bad. Believe it or not, the World Health Organization ...

Wolf, Levine again prove they are not up to the job

On a day that Gov. Tom Wolf called counties, including Huntingdon, “cowardly” for planning to defy his lockdown orders, his administration demonstrated exactly why Pennsylvanians have doubts about his administration’s leadership. In her regular briefing on Monday, Health Secretary Dr. ...

Sadness prevails as Little League’s boys of summer go silent

August will produce a silence that will echo around the world. There will be no youngsters arriving on airplanes from distant lands. There will be no dreams to chase on baseball diamonds in a few short months. Nobody will become champion of a 2020 Little League World Series. The excitement ...

Keeping US shut down much longer is not financially sustainable

If you are among those who have not lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 epidemic, congratulations. Perhaps you share the widespread opinion that the current “lockdown” of the economy should continue, to keep everyone safe. How would you like the government to collect your share? That ...

Gov. Wolf needs to announce all the benchmarks for moving to yellow

Over the past few weeks, Gov. Tom Wolf has revealed what would be required for counties to qualify for progression to the next step of his phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. He said a region or county could not exceed a total of 50 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a period ...

If pandemic has shown us anything it is that we need much less red tape

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. Recently, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency ...

After acting like a king, Gov. Wolf is starting to speak like one, too

How dare you! How dare you try to think for yourself, decide for your local constituents and do what’s best for you your local community? Those aren’t the exact words Gov. Tom Wolf used at his press briefing Monday — but it’s not that far off. Wolf, who seems intent on presenting ...