‘Tasteless’: Pa. GOP lawmaker faces backlash after comparing COVID vaccinations to sexual assault

BY: - September 2, 2021

This story was updated at 5:55 p.m. on 9/2/21 to include additional information.  A Republican state lawmaker who compared mandatory vaccinations to rape, is facing criticism from a victims rights and sexual violence prevention organization.  In an Aug. 23 post to his verified Facebook page, state Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon, wrote that “What’s it called […]


Because we are involved in mankind . . . Wear a mask | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - August 27, 2021

Tone down your bombast and put on a mask. Make a noble sacrifice. You are worth it. We all are worth it.

State health officials welcome students back to school, urge districts to utilize testing resources

BY: - August 23, 2021

As many schools in Pennsylvania begin to welcome students’ return to the classroom, state officials reiterated the need for schools and individuals to follow federal guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Speaking to reporters at Mt. Lebanon School District, in Allegheny County, on Monday, state and local officials were notably celebratory in their remarks.  […]


In a hiring crisis, Pa. nursing homes push back against Biden’s vaccine mandate | Friday Coffee

BY: - August 20, 2021

Trade groups said the industry already is struggling to keep workers - and fear that the White House's vaccine mandate will make it worse

COVID-19 booster shots to roll out starting next month, feds say

BY: - August 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — Top U.S. health officials announced a plan Wednesday to begin offering COVID-19 booster shots to Americans starting Sept. 20, with the scheduling of the additional shot to be based on when a person was fully vaccinated. The new round of jabs will be extended to those who received the two-dose vaccine from either Pfizer or Moderna, and can be […]


What works, what doesn’t: An epidemiologist explains how schools can reopen safely | Opinion

BY: - August 18, 2021

A COVID-19 vaccine is the single most important tool for preventing COVID-19 in schools, as well as nearly everywhere else.


We’ve coddled ignorance for years. Now we’re all paying the price with COVID | Susan J. Demas

BY: - August 16, 2021

After this much unneeded agony, I’m done coddling the craven and crazy. And I know I’m not alone.


Should the unvaccinated be denied health care? | Trish Zornio

BY: - August 13, 2021

As hospitals reach capacity, the ethics of who is prioritized in triage gets murky

With $370M in COVID relief to spend, Wolf looking at vaccine incentives

BY: - August 12, 2021

Pennsylvania’s vaccination rate is currently hovering around 60 percent, and the number of people who are fully vaccinated in recent weeks has slowed.


COVID-19 brings front and center the tug between individual rights and the public good | Opinion

BY: - August 12, 2021

Getting COVID under control in this country is in all of our best interest — in every aspect of our lives.


Refusing the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t just immoral, it’s ‘un-American’ | Opinion

BY: - August 10, 2021

Madison and the Founders never believed that a democracy could be sustained on selfishness alone.