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Opinion

Drastic measures were not taken soon enough

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

Dangerous, false statements made by Trump on pandemic

Letters to the Editor

Imagine a crisis situation that threatens the lives of people across our county, including you and your loved ones. Imagine that survival depended on identifying trusted sources of information. Who would you turn to for that life-saving guidance? Sadly, that crisis is here now and an obvious ...

Caution needs to be the watchword

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

Banishing horse racing would create an economic disaster

Letters to the Editor

Not too long ago, a newspaper article focused upon the deaths of 30 horses at Santa Anita in six months from December through June preceeding Del Mar’s 2019 summer meeting which was among the safest in the track’s history. Four horses died in training and none during racing. In the same ...

Measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 are critical

Editorials

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 ...

Breadth of impact COVID-19 will have on aging population

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Association on Aging NY, we would like to strongly encourage the public to consider the breadth of impact that COVID 19 will have on the aging population and their caregivers. The Aging network in NYS provides services and supports for older individuals, their families, and ...

Hoarding is a vicious cycle

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...