Give thanks for Abraham Lincoln’s audacity. In his declaration on Oct. 3, 1863, establishing the first official Thanksgiving, he invited the citizens of the United States to praise God for their incredible blessings.

Thank you to all of the essential workers who spend endless hours providing the various services needed during this pandemic and to the health caretakers, who work tirelessly at the risk of their own health, caring and protecting their patients with COVID-19. We are forever grateful. You are…

One of us is having a baby. The other of us is immunocompromised. In running our respective United Ways, we both carry part of the responsibility for keeping our community safe and well-cared-for. But if we aren’t safe and healthy, we can’t keep others safe and healthy.

Buckle up, America. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito may well have pulled the “start” switch on the First Amendment’s legal equivalent of a popular carnival attraction, the Tilt-a-Whirl — a wild, spinning legislative ride propelled by a revolving wheel of judicial review.

As I write this article, we are at the end of a long, contentious election, still being contested. I want to remind my conservative friends why they need to return to the center-right and honor the meaning of conservatism as part of the little “d” democratic process. As members of the loyal …

My grandfather, Harry S. Truman, initiated the protocols for the peaceful transfer of presidential power as we know them today. He invited President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower to send over his cabinet and staff so they could kick the tires, as it were — be briefed by their predecessors, atte…

To play or not to play winter high school sports and other activity programs – that is the decision being considered by state high school associations, state health and education departments, and state governments.

Pennsylvanians have made tough decisions amid the profound economic costs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of Pennsylvanians lost their jobs temporarily or permanently this year. Sadly, families continue to struggle and sacrifice to stay afloat.

This moment in America is a test of character, as individuals and as the society we have created. All Americans should respect the results of the presidential election, an election won by Vice President Joe Biden.

As fall turns into winter, many of us are preparing for spending more time indoors and the approaching cold and flu season. While these preparations are typical for this time of year in the region, what’s different this year is that a cough, sore throat, or slight fever may cause anxiety bec…

Our daughter drove us to the Oakland Airport for our dawn flight back to Baltimore. It took her only fourteen minutes. Her husband stayed home in Alameda in case our grandbaby woke up before mommy could return.

Every November, we set aside a day to recognize all those who served in our military. Veterans Day is important, but it’s also important to recognize that veterans need our support throughout the year — especially to make health easier.

Joe Biden has won the Electoral College — only narrowly, despite winning the popular vote by about 3.5 million votes, and the most votes ever cast for a president. His supporters can celebrate that: it means putting an end to the four years of Trump’s lies, incompetence, and abuse. Biden wil…

Following the announcement Saturday that Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States, President Donald Trump ought to concede and leave office with more dignity than he has shown as commander-in-chief.

Joe Biden described the agonizing wait for the outcome of the presidential election thusly: “Democracy can sometimes be messy.”

Some will be disappointed. Some will be ecstatic. Some will be infuriated. Some will be relieved it’s over. Some will be taunting and gloating. Some will be exhausted. Some will be seething and accusatory. Some will be incredulous. Some will be resolute. Some will be nervous, afraid and dubi…

While I have been distressed frequently by the news over the last four years, nothing has angered me more than learning that Dr. Anthony Fauci and his family have received death threats and must have bodyguards. How can this happen? How can anyone sink to such a low level to make such threat…

For a long while, I would cringe every time I came across the “Karen” meme: Some white woman threatening to call the police on Black people going about their business. It isn’t fair, I would tell myself, to be placed automatically — because I’m a middle-class White woman who is also named Ka…

This will be my seventh time voting in a presidential election. After I turned 18 in September of 1996, I was excited and proud to cast my first vote in November. I remember what an honor and privilege it was to step into the curtained machine-box: my heart raced as I pulled down the levers …

No matter who we are: White, Black or brown; no matter where we live: Urban, suburban rural; no matter whether we vote by mail or in person on Nov. 3; every voter wants the same kind of treatment in an election. We want to know that our vote will be counted — quickly, accurately, and fairly …

It has been said over and over again that this is the most important election in history. They all seemed important fairly to me but this one carries the most drastic consequences indeed. I cannot say that I have been a lifelong Republican, registering Democrat years back to help out a good …

Days away from the presidential election and it is becoming more clear by the day that Pennsylvania isn’t just going to be a swing state, it is shaping up to potentially be the pivot point for the entire election.

Until President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, I had been a lifelong registered Republican — first voting for Eisenhower in 1956, and in subsequent presidential years for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, both Bushes, McCain, and Romney. All told, an eleven out of eleven pro-Republican presidential vo…

As Pennsylvanians, we once again stand in the unique position of very likely determining the outcome of the presidential election. We did not ask for this responsibility, but we must take it seriously.

Fans and players of the Mt. Carmel Red Tornadoes football team are understandably disappointed about the loss of their football season — especially as authorities have provided few details about the alleged hazing incident. As a researcher into hazing in athletics, I want to applaud school a…

Elections can turn on a dime and a lot more money than that. One of the issues in the current matchup between President Trump and challenger Joe Biden addresses the security of an election utilizing mail-in ballots. While the question has tweaked the passions of President Trump, who fears th…

We have all suffered from trauma. And the turbulent times we are in now create the kinds of situations that push us into taking trauma and its effects seriously. Talk of trauma is not “snowflake” talk. Trauma is a little different than saying “Into each life, a little rain must fall” because…

Starting last April, for some mysterious reason, I began receiving emails from President Trump’s reelection campaign. I’ve gotten a barrage of more than 1,100 of them so far in less than six months. All of these involve some kind of request for money and many offer up spiffy Trump merchandis…

Selinsgrove, to unknown visitors, appears as a family-friendly, quaint little town. With its playgrounds, picket fences, and pretty flowers. There is just about every type of fast food joint you can think of, and all kinds of outlet stores. Everything you see resembles a perfect place to liv…

Every child born today will be affected by climate change. How we respond will determine the world we live in tomorrow and will shape the health of children across the globe at every stage of their lives.

Newspapers in Pennsylvania have a long history of providing timely, accurate and informative news to the citizens of the commonwealth. We deliver the stories that matter most to residents of local communities; stories that often cannot be found elsewhere. Despite the challenges and uncertain…

In our current climate of partisan politics, radical extremism, and social unrest, you might be searching for community — one that values reason and respects each fellow member on a human level.

Imagine a longer-than-anticipated workday that leads to a late dinner with a desire for an adult beverage. Pre-COVID, this was not only a common occurrence but also legal with plenty of dining options. However, in Pennsylvania, it is no longer feasible to enjoy a quick late-night meal while …

It is difficult to imagine the Supreme Court without Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug, 3, 1993 in a vote of 96-3. For more than a quarter-century, Justice Ginsburg advanced equality and fairness while reaffirming that the rights established in the Cons…