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Letters to the editor

Cris Dush is the real deal

I cannot be silent on this. I cannot stand by while Cris Dush, an honorable, God-fearing and good man, gets smeared by deceptive, misleading ads. I found the most recent smear to be particularly egregious, one which implied that Cris is sympathetic toward child molesters. I have staked my ...

Kudos to Eli and Kyper

I think this cute little story will give people a lift during these trying times. On March 17, after 25 years at my job I was layed off due to COVID-19. Of course I wasn’t the only one who lost their job, but you feel like you are the only one in the world who has a problem. There were ...

Kent State, by Sgt. Thom Rippon

Fix bayonets! As an Armored Division of American troops stationed near the Iron Curtain separating East Germany from West Germany at the height of both The Cold War and the proxy Vietnam War in May, 1970, we had practiced this tactic many times, for two reasons: we might charge to close in on ...

Please wear your masks properly

JANE WYNN Lock Haven As a mask maker, I’m very proud of our sewing community world wide stepping up to make those much needed items to healthcare facilities, nursing homes, VA hospitals, and so many more needed facilities. I am also dismayed at the amount of people out in the public ...

Better way to address nursing home COVID-19

JAN MILLS, SR. Altoona I ain’t no doctor. But I did play an attorney once in a Renovo High School play! Cross Fork’s Tom Labant knows all about that. He made me see the light! I do not have statistics on certain data for these nursing home victims that die from COVID-19 as the ...

Something to think about

EUGENE MOORE McElhattan Here is something for all the history buffs to think about on Presidents Day. Abraham Lincoln was elected to congress in 1846. John F. Kennedy was elected to congress in 1946. Abraham Lincoln was elected president in 1860. John F. Kennedy was elected ...

The real reason for opening up Pennsylvania

There’s a reason why conservative state legislators are urging “re-opening Pennsylvania,” a reason they aren’t talking about. It’s money. Closed businesses don’t pay taxes. Not paying employees means no payroll taxes. Less buying and selling means less sales tax collected by the ...

A fantastic job

On March 18, the man in the White House declared we were at war with an invisible enemy and he was now a “War President.” So, did he work to unite the country to fight this common enemy? Did he use the authority the War Powers Act gives him to coordinate a strategy to make sure we, as a ...

The problem with ‘rights’

These last two weeks (April 13-27) have been marked by protest against the social distancing safety measures imposed by state governments with the sometimes-confusing support as well as opposition (go figure!) of the President of the United States. The basic gist of the argument used by the ...

Sounds good to me

There are many postponements—ball games, graduations, fairs, carnivals, church, schools and on and on. How about postponing the general election for president until next year with two new candidates? Sounds good to me, even if it’s not a possibility. I keep singing the World War II song, ...

‘Perjury trap’

In a break from the incessant news about the coronavirus pandemic, the really big news of the day appears to be the recent release of documents regarding the investigation of former Lt. General Michael Flynn. What we have learned so far is that corrupt agents at the top echelon of the FBI were ...

Geisinger salutes nurses during National Nurses Week

As Geisinger President and CEO Dr. Jaewon Ryu and I rounded across the hospital campuses the past few weeks, we were impressed by the skill and compassion of our healthcare teams. Our patients are complex, and you’ve sacrificed yourselves to rise to your calling: taking care of others. I can ...

Celebrating National Nurses Week

Every day, Pennsylvania nurses are on the front lines of our health care system, delivering high-quality patient care and saving lives. During National Nurses Week May 6-12, I want to recognize and thank the more than 500 nurses and health care workers whom I represent as president of ...

Fully fund WHO

On April 14, President Donald Trump announced a hold on U.S. funding for the World Health Organization pending a review of actions related to the pandemic. Such a move would endanger lives at home and around the world. We have already seen COVID-19 overwhelm nations large and small, rich and ...

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers give us so much. When we struggled in class, they were there to lend us a helping hand. When our kids are having a terrible day, their teachers are ready with welcoming smiles and encouraging words. Every day, they inspire all of us to achieve great things. It’s National Teacher ...

One more reason to trust the experts

If you, dear Reader, have ever participated in a play, you know the challenge of memorizing lines word by word. Because brain storage room is limited, remembering content without exact wording is usually sufficient. But is it really? In 1972, American psychologists John D. Bransford and ...

Grateful thanks

During this stressful time with the pandemic in the world, let us put our differences aside and come together. We must pray to God for healing and not take for granted the blessings of what we already have. Give thanks to the many healthcare workers, first responders, grocery workers, ...

Open letter to state senator

Dear state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-23rd District: I was appalled to read your open letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf advocating for early opening of business in disregard for the life and death restrictions of social distancing and stay at home. I realize that the loss of jobs and the temporary ...

Not about liberty

I cannot believe how some think in regard to the Covid-19 virus that has the world in quarantine. The outrage that a minister in Florida was arrested for holding church service. In my opinion he deserved to be arrested. He put people’s lives in unnecessary peril. He is a megachurch ...

A graduated income tax

Are you tired of paying the lion’s share of these regressive state, county and local government and public school taxes (gas, state personal income and sales tax, earned income tax on workers and occupational and per capita taxes) out of your wallet while the wealthy get wealthier and the ...