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Our Opinion

Our Opinion: Part of the ‘new normal’

Mission not really of much use probably is not the slogan those in the military would choose for their genuinely superhuman efforts to help areas such as New York City that have been slammed hard by COVID-19. And in truth, the armed forces have done an excellent, life-saving job. But ...

Our Opinion: Lifting our spirits

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its toll on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirits a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts ...

Our Opinion: Don’t let them sweep this under the rug

Capt. Brett Crozier should be reinstated to his command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top brass are recommending. His removal in the first place raises questions about what led up to that — and whether the military did an acceptable job of protecting service ...

Our Opinion: We — Americans — can do it

We Americans have paid a high price — more than 52,000 deaths as of Saturday — for not stockpiling enough medical equipment and personal protective devices to cope with the COVID-19 onslaught. But here, some states seem to have begun flattening that a statistical curve you read so much ...

Our Opinion: Pioneering a path

A great experiment is underway in the United States. Led by a few states — notably, Georgia, and quite possibly right here in this part of Pennsylvania by week’s end — we are trying to determine how and when to begin recovering from the COVID-19 epidemic. We know the risk: Allow ...

Our Opinion: We’ll deal with them later

Within a month, Congress and President Donald Trump have increased the national debt by more than 10% by enacting about $2.7 trillion in bailouts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. American families, businesses, hospitals and local and state governments are among the beneficiaries. That is ...

Our Opinion: Left up to, you guessed it

The $150 billion in federal aid intended to help states with expenses related to COVID-19 should not be a case of water, water everywhere — but not a drop to drink. Unfortunately, some governors worry that may be the case. One might have assumed that in the 880 or so pages of text ...

Our Opinion: When this is over…

An early step most states took in dealing with the coronavirus epidemic was closing public schools. That was wise for the good of both students and those to whom the children, perhaps not showing symptoms, might have transmitted COVID-19. Many, probably most, school systems already had in ...

Our Opinion: Gov. Wolf, more than most, ought to know it’s not that simple

During Monday’s press conference in which Gov. Tom Wolf announced an extension of the stay-at-home order for Pennsylvanians until at least May 8 — while providing a glimmer of hope that limited parts of the business sector may finally come back to life soon — a question was asked ...

Our Opinion: The result of ‘one bad day’

Following the chain of command can be imperative in the military. Failure to do so can have both fatal and national security implications. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier is a hero to many sailors about the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which he captained earlier this year. After the ...

Our Opinion: Time to be smart

Last week, we ran an editorial supporting a Republican bill that passed the House and Senate. The bill would have loosened Wolf’s control of non-essential and essential businesses in Pennsylvania and required him to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. ...

Our Opinion: A bitter pill to swallow

COVID-19 has reaffirmed two things Americans ought to have reflected upon previously about China: First, relying on the veracity of China’s government is foolish. We know Beijing has lied about various aspects of the coronavirus epidemic. Second, this country is far too reliant on ...

Our Opinion: Be careful with testing kits

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often, defeat ...

Our Opinion: It would work

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted, 107-95, to pass Senate Bill 613, which changes how Governor Tom Wolf will respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The PA Senate did the same on Wednesday, 29-21, moving the bill to Wolf’s desk for a signature or a veto. The bill ...

Our Opinion: Another victim of COVID-19

COVID-19 is focusing attention on another epidemic in the United States. It is the national debt, now at approximately $24.3 trillion. To that, of course, will have to be added at least $2 trillion in federal funding to save the economy from being another victim of the virus. Think about that ...

Our Opinion: Don’t forget the ‘little guy’

It is an indication of how devastating the COVID-19 epidemic has been to America’s economy that a $2 trillion relief bill was not enough. Without more, some segments of the economy may suffer permanent damage. Included in the CARES Act relief measure is a $350 billion “paycheck ...

Our Opinion: Don’t lock out small businesses

With Congress considering another expensive bill to help small businesses and their employees deal with shutdowns and slowdowns due to the COVID-19 epidemic, it important for lawmakers to remember that money is not everything. Obviously, tons of it will be needed to help small businesses. ...

Our Opinion: Watching out for our neighbors

Had COVID-19 unleashed its full fury on every region of the United States at once, the situation now would be nearly unmanageable — and much more deadly than we hope will be the case. Fortunately, the disease is progressing at different stages in different places. Large cities such as New ...

Our Opinion: Fishing… but not golf?

There seems to be a disconnect with Governor Wolf and what is an essential and non-essential business. Blueberry Golf Course is suing the state to be allowed to run its business. The state claims entities suing the governor “plainly lack rudimentary understanding of this pandemic.” The ...