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The tornadoes that tore through my former congressional district that spring day in 1985 took 42 lives, injured dozens more and leveled three towns. Tornadoes are rare in northwestern Pennsylvania, but the three that clobbered Albion, Atlantic and Wheatland, near Erie, left a lasting mark — …

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With the U.S. economy running on all cylinders, enter the coronavirus. Whatever you think of this virus and how people label it – a chastisement from God, a Chinese biological weapon, a wicked strain of the flu, its economic damage is considerable having slayed and flayed an 11-year, unprece…

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Pandemic. Now there’s a big word for you. I would surmise that many of us were unfamiliar with this word a few weeks ago. However, in the context of countless articles with pandemic in the title, posts with pandemic in the subject line, and electronic commentary with pandemic used in a sente…

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Social-distancing is the phrase of the day, and what it pretty much means is staying away from people while America shuts down, the economy gets clobbered and death seeks out at a million, maybe 2 million of us. The issue is coronavirus, the fear is contagion and a primary solution is surcea…

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Every 25 to 30 years, the eminent virologist Robert Gallo has said, a gap occurs in the study of viruses, and the results are devastating. It’s one of the reasons why Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore, established the Global Virus Network, a collaboration of dis…

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HARRISBURG — Mandatory closures. travel restrictions and stay in place orders are not unique to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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After 9/11, Americans in every state rallied around our first responders. Today, with the coronavirus pandemic threatening the health and well-being of Americans in every state, our brave first responders and the nearly 5.3 million hospital workers across the country are again on the front l…

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I got an email from the ACLU the other day. I have absolutely no idea how I got on their mailing list, since I’ve written column after column criticizing them for their positions on everything from representing accused terrorists to their problem with religion in the public square. I do not …

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When the Justice Department dropped charges against a Russian entity indicted as a result of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, the resistance was alarmed. President Donald Trump’s attorney general was abandoning the case in the middle of a pandemic, they said…

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Laughing together is as close as you can get without touching,” I wrote in my first book, “They Used To Call Me Snow White ... But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor,” published in 1991.

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The COVID-19 coronavirus crisis has brought out the compassion and good-heartedness of many Americans. Unfortunately, there is no crisis that scammers will not seek to exploit.

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In my head and in anticipation of the publication of my first column in the Bedford Gazette, it was 3 a.m., when most people develop their best creations, right? I was in that half-awake, half- asleep dreamlike state known officially as a hypnopompic state. It seems that I am at my most crea…

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In its wake, the Coronavirus has disrupted, and closed businesses, schools and even churches, while every professional sports league has suspended operations and the NCAA has canceled their celebrated March Madness basketball tournament, a first in its long history.

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Before COVID-19 upended life as we’ve known it, the average U.S. home at 10 a.m. on a weekday might be a pretty quiet place. Parents at work. Kids in classrooms. Maybe there’d be a spaniel or a tabby standing sentry at the homestead, or a long-tailed budgerigar.

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Shortly after President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got into a bit of hot water when he observed to an interviewer, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

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Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders told us Sunday night how they would deal with the coronavirus and then how they would wreck America, although, to be fair, Biden was more cautious on that issue than Sanders.

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We have seen a lot of well-meaning but bad advice floating around the internet in recent days urging us to get out and support local businesses or to somehow go shopping to support the economy.

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How quickly it happened. How quickly we lost the chance to touch certain people we love, to hold a hand, to give a hug, to wipe away a tear.

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The Trump administration’s outreach to insulin manufacturers and health insurers to reduce the price of insulin for more than 3.3 million Medicare recipients is a terrific first step in addressing the rising cost of prescription drugs.

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The Centers for Disease Control’s stunning failure to provide the coronavirus testing kits needed to control the spread of the outbreak is a national outrage.

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Sports isn’t just a diversion for Americans. It’s a connection. It binds us as lovers of the double steal, the buzzer-beating three-pointer, the slap shot off the crossbar and into the back of the net. Yes, an evening of sports serves as salve for a troubling day at work, a bout of boredom o…

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If it’s on Facebook, it must be true. Right? Wrong. Even though the social media giant has said it’s taking steps to monitor fake news stories, the proliferation of such stories makes it unlikely they’ll be squelched.

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The sincere wish to be good is half the battle. – Marmee, in Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.”

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Sexism did it. A widespread sense of female inferiority pushed Elizabeth Warren from contention in the Democratic primary for president, some insist. I’d like to suggest a more powerful force was her chicanery, as in refusing on 17 public occasions to say whether she was going to hike taxes …

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There has been a lot of political chatter lately about banning safe hydraulic fracturing — better known as “fracking — and ending natural gas and oil leasing on federal land.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle swept back into London for what amounted to a farewell tour as royals the past few days. They brought their A-game as they went from grinning in the rain to kibitzing with former servicemen and women at an awards ceremony to sweeping into Royal Albert Hall, eac…

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Price controls don’t work, cause shortages, and have precipitated economic disaster in every sector and jurisdiction that has attempted to impose them on any significant scale. But their braindead simplicity – something is too expensive, so we’ll mandate that it be cheaper – makes them forev…

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On Sunday, you may have felt a little tired, a little rundown, a little off your game. This is normal. Do not despair. It wasn’t you, it was your clock. For of course, on Sunday we switched from standard time to daylight saving time. You time traveled one hour into the future. Or, to put it …

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From the late-1880s through the mid-20th century, more than 300 Major League players trained in Hot Springs, Ark., to benefit from the city’s thermal waters, a cure for the winter’s excessive food and alcohol consumption.

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Perhaps you’ve noticed: Democracy has forced you to make very tough decisions in campaign 2020. And all the usual news sources you once relied upon to make things clearer have let you down.

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Presidential general election debates are not inevitable. Our nation got along fine without them until 1960, when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon contended on national television for the first time. There were no debates in 1964, 1968 or 1972, largely because sitting presidents Lyndon John…

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The word that best describes it is “unconscionable.” A sheriff’s deputy acquires a sensitive photo of human remains from a tragic helicopter crash, walks into a bar, pulls up the photo on his phone and shows it off. Was it some kind of sick pickup line?

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Unlike the character of Daisy Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby,” my voice is not full of money. My voice is full of traffic.

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At a Wednesday rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer had some pointed language about the most recent appointees to the high court and the prospect that they may be rolling back women’s reproductive rights under a case involving Louisiana’s highly restri…