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Local Commentaries

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

America can begin to move past ‘shameful’ day

There are no words which can adequately capture the unbelievably terrifying and shameful nature of the events of Jan. 6. Sadly, this was the predictable culmination of four years of hateful and inflammatory rhetoric, relentless and manipulative propaganda and disinformation, and the ...