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Is a fresh look at HIPAA in order?

With public schools in many states reopened, COVID-19 outbreaks were inevitable in some classrooms. That has resulted in calls to school officials from worried parents and guardians. “Sorry,” many of them will be told. “We can’t give you any details. HIPAA, you ...

It is right to look into decisions that impacted nursing homes, but …

Gov. Tom Wolf, along with governors of New York, New Jersey and Michigan, has been asked to supply COVID-19 data for public nursing homes to the U.S. Department of Justice. The DOJ says the information will decide if it will initiate investigations under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized ...

Some easing helps, but let us fight the fight … together

In what we would call welcome news, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that beginning Sept. 21, restaurants will be permitted to increase how many indoor, dine-in customers may be served at one time — moving back to 50% of “normal” capacity or exactly what it was when the takeout-only restriction ...

A cautionary note to those who took up home canning

Plenty of people have taken on new hobbies this past spring and summer, spurred by uncertainties over the coronavirus pandemic. Backyard gardening became popular again, and the past month has seen the bounty of the season being harvested for meals and preservation. Evidence of that may be ...

Prompt action will best insure mail-in ballots

Today is the first day in Pennsylvania for registered voters to apply for a mail-in ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. While we urge voters to go to the polls in person on Nov. 3, we also understand that there are reasons that may cause hesitation for some people, particularly during the ...

Help wanted; Help needed

How about rotating the Pedestrian Mall throughout targeted areas within the business district of the City of Lock Haven to help those businesses not on or along Main Street? Ask area farm markets the best day they can come downtown to sell their produce and wares— a day when their business ...

Sept. 11: On this day …

Nineteen years ago today our nation —our way of life — experienced the horrific attacks by radical Islamic terrorists. Today, let’s pray for peace. Let’s pray for that which calms us. And let’s pray that we continue to have learned a lesson in how better to protect ourselves ...

Make yourself count: Complete the 2020 Census

You count! That is, unless you don’t. That’s why we implore you to PLEASE fill out a 2020 Census form and get counted. It takes just minutes, it really does. The census is our nation’s long-standing method of knowing you’re around so it can help you. That is, to provide help ...

We will do it again

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day week for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us ...

Do more, do better

Today, many of us will pause from work to observe Labor Day. Except we don’t. Americans have a certain drive that compels them forward without pause. Our work weeks are not limited to 9 to 5 Monday through Friday with weekends and holidays off. In the 21st Century, some do their ...

Thank you, Justin Kline!

In the most difficult battle of his life against a formidable foe, Justin Kline has persevered to become an inspiration to us all. This outstanding guy, who gave his all to the youth of our region in helping to mentor and guide members of what surely can be called the legendary Keystone ...

Feeding our children

On this Labor Day Holiday, behind the unemployment statistics — between 16 million and 18 million Americans without jobs, many as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic — are children. Millions of kids across our country are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put ...

Food & Music: Thankfully, the ‘Regatta’ will go on this weekend

Congratulations to the Lock Haven Area Jaycees for forging ahead with a scaled-down version of the annual holiday weekend Regatta. The 50th version of this popular — and very important — event will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is reduced in size and attractions due to ...

Rah-rah for home sales!

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report recently that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7% last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low mortgage ...

The clock is ticking

We’re here to say that, unless restrictions on businesses — small businesses — are eased in the coming days, many likely may not be around much longer. Already financially fragile, the pandemic caused “massive dislocation” among small businesses just several weeks after its onset ...

Cheaters had no solid moral compass

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestige colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

School starts up again so please be aware

Every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to schools ...

Make America smart again

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissention in the United States. If not, it ...

It’s up to us

About 40% of the more than 170,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to happen. Many of the deaths occurred during the ...

Let them play

The pain’s not over yet, and, yes, it’s going to be a tough road ahead. That’s the unfortunate bottom line that would follow the cancellation of fall sports, from high school athletic fields to local college and Big Ten and Penn State football. The new game is about staying healthy ...