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Editorials

We simply must continue fighting back

This week will be a brutal one for Americans. As President Donald Trump put it during the weekend, “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately.” By Sunday, 312,481 Americans had been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 8,500 had succumbed to the disease. As Trump and members of his ...

School is not out for the summer

For millions of American students, public schools have been closed since mid-March. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for many children. There is a reason we still ...

Fight back against COVID-19

Most of us have had to be on the defensive against COVID-19. We practice social distancing, good personal hygiene, etc., to defend ourselves and our loved ones against the coronavirus. Wouldn’t it be nice to go on the offensive — to save someone’s life? We can. Every day, throughout ...

Investing in U.S. business remains a good bet for the long term

On Feb. 12, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange stood at 29,551 points. By last Friday, it had plunged to 21,636. Though the DJIA is just one measure of the value of securities worldwide, it is one seen widely as a guide to performance of the markets in general. ...

We simply can’t afford to spend money we don’t have

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Drastic measures were not taken soon enough

Elderly people with underlying medical conditions are most at risk of dying from COVID-19. They also are the men and women most likely to be residents of nursing homes. Experience during the past couple of weeks has demonstrated that outbreaks in nursing homes can serve as beach heads for the ...

A matter of life and death

It is difficult if not impossible to wash your hands frequently if there is no water flowing through the pipes in your home. Yet, even as regular hand-washing may be a matter of life and death, water service has been shut off to some American homes — for non-payment of utility ...

With any luck, COVID-19 outbreak will soon be history

It is estimated that 24,000 Americans have been killed by the viruses, thus far this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At its peak, the illness was claiming about 500 lives a week. Though the outbreak is trailing off, it may kill another 300 or more people ...

Caution needs to be the watchword

There is a reason “Yankee ingenuity” is recognized throughout the world. We Americans have a reputation for identifying challenges and devising ways to overcome them. Use your head if you decide to come up a home remedy, a way to stretch supplies such as those of food — or any other ...

A wake-up call for all

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

Consider giving masks to a local hospital or other health care facility

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

One day COVID-19 will be just a bad memory for most of us

Many local business people — and their employees — will get through the COVID-19 epidemic with their physical health intact but their finances ravaged. For those involved with restaurants and bars, the damage already is severe because of closure orders. Restaurants are permitted to serve ...

As coronavirus spreads, local governments will be critical

Most of the news about government’s response to COVID-19 has been released at the state and federal levels. But as the epidemic spreads, local governments will become more and more critical. Some municipal and county officials in our area already have begun planning for that time. Those who ...

A mistake we cannot afford to continue making

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our atmosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...

Measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 are critical

It is likely our awareness of how widespread COVID-19 is in the United States represents only the tip of the iceberg. Until widespread testing kicks in, many among us made by carrying the virus unknowingly, both to themselves and the rest of us. Still, paying attention to what information we ...

Hoarding is a vicious cycle

Prudence, not panic, needs to be the order of the day among Americans. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. During a press conference Sunday, President Donald Trump noted that heads of major retail companies had told him something he never expected to hear: Don’t buy ...

Event should have been canceled

Even on a night when all of the attendees were dressed to the nines, the Johnstown Firefighter’s Charity Ball was still a bad look. After a week that saw events at the national and local levels postponed or canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19 virus, the decision was made to go forward ...

Not the time to panic

Who would have thought no-bake cheesecake would be on the coronavirus’ hoarding list? Well, it was. I am not a panic-shopper, so I waited until Sunday morning to head to the grocery store. I like Sunday mornings because the stores are usually pretty quiet and well-stocked. Was I in ...

We’ve all got to take care of each other

It is easy, right now, to get little caught up in the anxiety that comes with the official effort to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. Certainly no one could be blamed for indulging in a little worry. But once we’ve got that out of our system, life is going to look very different for most ...

Now is the time to give

COVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions. American Red Cross officials say about 50 blood drives that had been planned across the ...