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Local Commentaries

Wolf must be accountable in failed pandemic policies

The truth will set you free. A bombshell recently revealed that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo misled the public about nursing home deaths, triggered by his failed COVID mitigation policies. The fudgy figures resulted in the Cuomo administration under-reporting the number of COVID-19 related ...

Going in circles over traffic issues

According to the City Council, within the city we have issues with traffic flow and are attempting to help address them with a roundabout at Pennsylvania Avenue and Market Street. Most citizens and many business owners never felt the need or desire to have one. OK, sure, put it in and ...

Thinking about the future

A church in this area posted a sign that said, “We know who holds the future.” That immediately made me think of a song that Dick and I sang together in church. I think we sang it for Easter Sunday. Since my daughter has the piano at this point, she also has all of the books of music. ...

The driver’s license is a rite of passage

Do you remember the excitement of getting your driver’s license? Oh, the freedom. The big deal of it all! And the games that had to be played with the keeper of the keys: “I’ll drop off the dry cleaning and pick up milk if I can go to Julie’s house for just a little while. Please?” ...

City park offers the ‘potential’ for tourism

As a founding member of the Northern Allegheny Mountain Bike Association, I can’t help but notice that the conversation surrounding Washington Park is once again placing the mountain bike sport in an undeserving negative spotlight. I find this ironic, since a good share of our planned ...

A realistic climate agenda for our environment

There are many things Pennsylvania state government should do this year to address climate change — but won’t — given the political composition of the state legislature. But a few significant things are possible. Pennsylvania emitted about two hundred and fifteen million metric tons of ...

Love is in the air

During your lifetime you meet many people who profoundly affect your life. Some are casual relationships while others are lasting ones. Years ago, I read a book about the people you will meet in heaven. Some of them you have met before while others are new relationships. I read with ...

A need for speed no matter the age

There’s a quirkiness about being older that reaches out and grabs me occasionally. It’s the disconnect between being old and feeling old. Many of my friends agree. “I was 39 the other day, I blinked, and I got THIS?!” No fair. Advanced years take your speed. I want my body to do what ...

Familiar name keeps link to NFL

I’d like to introduce former NFL offensive lineman Lilja and former NFL offensive lineman Lilja -- no relation. While watching a recent football game, a reporter saw a name that caught his eye. It must have been an ad for ESPN’s Peyton’s Places. Peyton Manning was talking about why ...

Cooking up new ideas

​During this pandemic I have done a lot of cooking and baking. Friday night date night has ended up to be Friday night date night at home. That is really all right with me since I like to cook. Coming up with the menus is the issue. I try to have different things for us to eat. ​I have ...

High costs of COVID, but some savings

Almost every calamity that happens in our lives cost money, sometimes big bucks. But when it’s a fire, a flood, a hurricane or a mudslide, the human cost is exponentially more expensive than the act of nature. I don’t think anyone ever gets over the anguish of losing loved ones, their home, ...

Dark day in January has put party, country in disarray

By JAMES E. SCHRADER Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, is a date that will be seared in our minds for the rest of our lives. It is the day that violent, armed insurgents tried to overthrow our government and subvert their will on our duly elected government officials and overturn a valid and legal ...

Rural areas still miss link to Internet

Late last year, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed two pieces of legislation that will help deploy broadband to our state’s rural areas. Act 98 of 2020 relaxed restrictions on the ability of Pennsylvania electric cooperatives, cable companies and other entities to attach broadband units ...

We need ‘Lights of Love’ during a dismal time

It’s hard to keep secrets in the snow. Footprints large and small, human and animal appear with great clarity. Differences become well defined: boots leave tracks distinct from athletic shoes and coiled “x”s are sure signs of slip-on grippers. Miniature skis indicate a rabbit’s path ...

A ring and a prayer

Have you ever lost something? About three years ago Don lost a ring that he had purchased years ago. The ring had the Masonic insignia along with sapphires and diamonds. He told me that it cost a lot of money back then. He remembered making several payments. That day he had been to the ...

The world needs some good boxes

“What are you doing with those boxes in the dining room?” was Dear Richard’s question last weekend. Every Sunday night, Richard drags a big, black, trash bag through the house. When he is finished, he has emptied all the wastebaskets into the one bag for easy hauling to the end of the ...

Wolf edicts take toll on economy

In the face of an emerging crisis, swift and extraordinary action can be warranted. This was certainly true last March, when Gov. Tom Wolf-confronting a deadly, mysterious virus-issued a disaster declaration that granted him emergency powers. There was little time to debate details and build ...

Uncle’s rich history benefits region

Although both were “Erie success stories” in their own chosen lives, my father and my maternal uncle were about as different as two people could be with the same general ethnic background and who similar environments as they faced the challenges of their respective lives This seems rather ...

The power of touch

For the past 10 months the sense of touch has been severely limited. We have never seen anything like this. I was led to believe that touch was essential to our being. After all, when babies are born the first thing they remember is being held. Studies have been done with babies and touch. ...

In time of separation, reach out to others

Reach out and touch Someone COVID’s devastation has invaded all our lives. Whether you have had it or not, living with the pandemic’s rules has changed everything … for everybody. Our very survival, family economics, and future well-being are all in jeopardy. Our smiles are masked and ...