We’ve made our preparations for Thanksgiving Day. Maybe the bird on the table will be a turkey breast, a duck, a small slab of vegan roast or something as tiny as a Cornish game hen. We’ve reduced the number of potatoes, the volume of stuffing.
For centuries, America has been the land of promise, and we have led the way in lifesaving advancement. In the span of my medical career alone, I have witnessed remarkable innovation — from groundbreaking discoveries to new therapeutics and even cures for deadly diseases.
Ten years ago, a general pessimism began to set in among some pundits and technologists who convinced themselves that America can’t do big things anymore. But they only got it half right.
I was feeling dejected and powerless in August when I typed my name and contact information into an online database for vaccine studies, hoping someone might want my help.
Grace, I learned many years ago, means – unmerited favor, among other things. The strange cultural paradox we live with, however is that we desperately try to earn God’s grace. This presents a psychological and social conundrum.
Thanks to COVID-19, U.S.-China relations are probably at their lowest point in half a century. However, most people don’t realize the relationship between the two superpowers began to sour long before anyone got sick.
Go away and hide, President Trump, because you botched the handling of COVID-19 except for one teensy thing, starting Operation Warp Speed to develop vaccines faster than history allows. Well, yes, the Pfizer Inc. pharmaceutical company right now has the leading one and pretty soon it could …
There are some news stories that have been buried under the avalanche of media coverage during this most contentious and controversial of presidential elections, but it certainly doesn’t diminish their newsworthiness and importance.
Veterans Day parades? Veterans Day school essays? Veterans Day ceremonies on the courthouse lawn? Star-spangled Veterans Day memes on social media? Platitude-enhanced newspaper editorials?
Those of us who assumed Election Day would mark a merciful end to the torrent of emails asking for money, obviously don’t understand the new normal in politics. On Nov. 5 the Trump campaign emailed:
I usually avoid discussing politics in my columns, mainly because I would rather not be disowned by family members, unfriended by friends, or doused with milkshakes and other beverages by complete strangers at the local Whataburger.
It will be, that by the time of this column’s publication, someone will have lost an election. That loss will be devastating to a lot of people whose hopes will have been dashed and expectations thwarted. Loss is not easy to get over and it’s complicated with a capital C.
In its last second quarter financial report, Facebook reported it had more than 2.7 billion users worldwide, and 256 million users in the United States and Canada. Based on population statistics, the huge platform’s reach among users in the U.S. and Canada is almost 70% of the entire population.
When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose a child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around …
The 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers won’t be going to the White House to celebrate. COVID-19, the great kill joy, ensured that no invitation would be extended.
Earlier this year, the media’s focus on COVID-19 centered on fears that the virus would overwhelm America’s health care services. In response, state governors — including Gov. Tom Wolf — began suspending regulations to improve capacity and care. These suspensions contained the implicit under…
There’s no escaping the fact that politics weigh heavily on the negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Trump administration over a new coronavirus relief bill.
Who was it when I was a kid, who reminded us from the television, to “put on your thinking cap?” Was it Miss Patty on Romper Room, with her magic mirror, or was it Captain Kangaroo, or Mr. Green Jeans? These TV shows and characters were the 1950s predecessors of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. A q…
If Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his ‘solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem,’ actor Sacha Baron Cohen said at the Anti-Defamation League’s Never is Now anti-Semitism summit last year.
It took some doing but the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has found the sweet spot in balancing the competing interests of pay-as-you-go protocols versus the real-time, real-life struggles of those ensnared in the economic fallout of COVID-19.
The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ new annual report to the community, based on our activity from July 1 of last year through this past June, has just been released.
Maybe no one is above the law, but unfortunately, in our democracy of more than 330 million people, the vagaries of a few individuals’ mortality determines the law.
A Jefferson County judge dismissed a lawsuit last week filed by Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati’s campaign against The Caucus and two journalists. As Mike Wereschagin of The Caucus reported, “Scarnati wanted The Caucus, a publication of LNP Media Group, Caucus Burea…
The old me would have immediately hung up the phone and fired off an instructive, detailed complaint telling that company their customer service sucks. However, the current me, the old me receding ever deeper into the past, repented for my total disregard for kindness toward that woman on th…
Become an employee with full paid benefits, or remain a mostly independent gig worker? That debate’s raging in California as November’s general election approaches, and its outcome is likely to affect the entire country.
Ever since FCC chief Newton Minow famously branded it a “vast wasteland” six decades ago, television has tried to polish its image. One way was with probing documentaries, pioneered by journalists like Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly. Today, documentaries are more popular than ever, but a…
It’s like clockwork. Every time a presidential election occurs, the issue of climate change and arguments about fossil fuels become a central theme. Obviously, it’s a topic that’s given particular attention from the people of Appalachia.