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Editorials

Government should give public more virtual options to observe, participate

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, government entities, which are required under the Sunshine Act to meet publicly at times and places advertised to the public in advance, have had to be creative to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of everyone — including the members of ...

Buck hunters need to keep CWD in mind

The continued presence of Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer population is no doubt inflicting some measure of unease in what the Pennsylvania Game Commission labels as the “regular firearms season” that concludes this weekend. This was only the second year in more than half a century ...

Local businesses need your support this year more than ever before

It is no fault of billionaire Jeff Bezos that COVID-19 is the grinch who stole Christmas from many people in our communities. Bezos did not bring the virus to our country. We have no hesitation in suggesting that if he could end the epidemic by spending his entire fortune, he would do ...

Second wave of COVID relief from Congress needs to be approved now

A second round of federal COVID-19 relief money, more than $900 billion, may be on its way to Americans soon. Thank a group of U.S. senators and representatives who have grown sick of the partisan bickering that has delayed a new relief bill for months. They are unlike many politicians, ...

Congress must not let already-stressed hospitals face needless budget cuts

Many U.S. hospitals are under siege because of COVID-19. Both in personnel and other resources, they need all the help they can get. Earlier this year, when most people thought the epidemic would peak by this fall, Congress acted wisely by including in the CARES Act a provision suspending ...

This year especially, charitable giving is more important than it has ever been

With the Christmas season in full swing, we’re sure those of you with the means to do so are trying to navigate your gift shopping while attempting to do it safely amid the persistent presence of the coronavirus. And while stressing about how to get gifts for everyone on your list, get them ...

What we learn from COVID-19 may help us better fight the next epidemic

Racial minorities have been hit far harder than white Americans by COVID-19. Throughout the epidemic, that has been a constant. But why? Theories abound. One is that African-Americans, whose incomes in general are lower than those for whites, do not benefit from as high a quality of health ...

As soon as we can, we must evaluate how effective remote learning has been

COVID-19 has been an enormous challenge to the nation’s public school system. It has forced tens of millions of students to stay at home, often for months at a time, rather than go to class. Give educators credit for doing what they could with “remote learning.” Thrown suddenly into a ...