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Opinion

How’s it done?

Letters to the editor

WILLIE NORMAN Jersey Shore I’ve read where what I call the “Gestapo” has been shutting down and fining restaurants for allowing “we the people” to sit down and eat in public. How do they do that? That would not happen if me and my buddies (most ex-military/combat veterans) were ...

Good riddance to 2020

Our View

We can only hope and pray that 2021will be a much, much better year than 2020. Eventually, anyway. It certainly won’t start out well, what with this God-forsaken pandemic stealing what we cherish. Let’s insist that our government leaders stop crying about most everything, get a handle ...

Worst ever

Letters to the editor

DAVID KAGAN Pine Creek There is no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump will go down in history as the worst President the United States has ever had or ever will have. And those who still support him after almost eight weeks of the insanity and chaos that he is responsible for since the ...

Et tu, Fred?

Letters to the editor

PETER MAZURKIEWICZ Beaver Springs In 1861, the U.S. Congress expelled 10 of its elected members for aligning their faith and values with the treasonous confederacy. They were charged with sedition, a law passed by Congress under our second president, John Adams. The law is still in effect ...

Holiday gift

Letters to the editor

KAREN ELIAS Lock Haven Back in 2014, we had free-standing solar PV (photovoltaic) panels installed on our property. The panels, set up to face the South, are designed to convert sunlight to electricity automatically. If the amount of energy produced exceeds consumption, the excess is ...

Be charitable, but also be very careful

Columns

MacKenzie Scott has achieved what no other philanthropist has. With no massive Gates Foundation-like staff to assist her, she sought out some of the neediest charitable groups in the nation and donated nearly $6 billion to them. Six billion dollars. Think of that. Think of how much good ...

It’s time to change the rules in Harrisburg

Letters to the editor

RON WILLIAMS Pennsylvania Furnace One thing that most of us can probably agree on is that our national politics are way out of whack. A government that used to be the envy of much of the world has become a laughingstock. So if it’s true that “all politics are local,” is it possible ...

Dear Annie: Party is risky 80 times over

Columns

Dear Annie: My husband has a HUGE family. They gather every year between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a hotel for at least three days. They are planning to do so this year, during the pandemic. So far, most of them plan on going, which would be almost 80 people. They are coming from ...

NFC Least

Letters to the editor

JAKE PICKERING Arcata, Calif. The unavoidable fact that one of the NFC East’s four terrible teams is going to make the playoffs this season as a National Football League division winner is a travesty. The Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Washington football team ...

A single word can have several medical meanings

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: What’s the difference between a tubal pregnancy and an abortion? Are they the same thing? — J.K.S. ANSWER: The term “abortion” has several meanings medically, but most people think of only one type, the elective abortion. A “spontaneous ...

Fred Keller’s hypocrisy

Letters to the editor

JAMES KNIGHT East Buffalo Township Like Fred Keller, I took an oath to support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States. Which makes it all the more disappointing that Mr. Keller has violated this oath by supporting the frivolous and unconstitutional lawsuit, brought by the ...

It’s time to show our resilience

Columns

If you pay attention to global affairs, you know that increasing numbers of people believe U.S. leadership in the world is coming to an end and the West more broadly is being eclipsed. I think these predictions are exaggerated, but they are not without some basis. Our challenges have ...

Dear Annie: Disappointed with dishes

Columns

Dear Annie: My son has been dating a girl for a little over three years. My husband and I really like her. Our son loves her. Here’s the problem: I have asked her before to help in the kitchen with meal preparation and cleanup, and she refuses. They come once a week for meals, and we eat ...

A strategy for the pneumonia vaccines

Columns

DEAR DR. ROACH: Whenever I go to my local VA clinic for a checkup, I’m asked if I want the pneumonia vaccine. I’m 70, and I wonder if that vaccine has proven to be beneficial. Thank you. — L.B. ANSWER: There are two pneumonia vaccines. One is the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide ...

It won’t work with China

Columns

It's easy to miss, given how polarized our politics are, but there is a growing consensus around a very big issue: China. Foreign policy experts, military leaders and politicians across the ideological spectrum all tend to agree that a new era of confrontation with China has begun. Many on ...

More caution ahead of Jan. 1

Our View

We urge area residents thinking about gathering to celebrate the New Year — understanding that most of us can’t wait until 2020 is over. Yes, we are beating the drum of caution and safety again because with COVID-19, we are not out of the woods yet. In many ways, COVID-19 is more ...

Dear Annie: It’s your life

Columns

Dear Annie: I am a highly successful professional single mother in my mid-40s. My ex-husband and I divorced 10 years ago, and we have two wonderful children. I am happily dating a colleague, and all of my friends and some of my family are happy for me and like my boyfriend. The problem is my ...

Time and effort needed to treat intermittent explosive disorder

Columns

BY KEITH ROACH, M.D. DEAR DR. ROACH: Recently, you wrote about intermittent explosive disorder. I have this condition and would like your help dealing with it. I can lose my self-control and get so upset that I swear. I have attempted to control myself, but if I do not watch myself, I get ...