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If you want to reopen schools, conquer COVID-19 virus first (UPDATE)

Schools can’t reopen for a “normal” school day until the U.S. has a better handle on the transmission of the novel coronavirus. It’s a broken record by this time, but public health experts have made it clear that the infection rate must be lowered before schools can reopen. The latest message is from U.S. Surgeon […]

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We can all be heroes in the time of COVID-19

News stories are filled with images of health care heroes in medical facilities nationwide treating patients sickened with the novel coronavirus. No one would disagree with that characterization — those working on the front lines deserve nothing less than our full respect, not to mention hazard pay. That includes not only health care workers, but […]

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After COVID-19 closures, economy is returning with a whimper, not a roar

What if you reopened the economy and nobody shopped? It’s still way too early to measure the economic effects of several states allowing the reopening of retail stores, restaurants, salons, gyms, doctors’ offices, and other businesses that have been hit hard by stay-at-home orders because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence is based on anecdotes rather […]

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How to mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary during COVID-19: online

In the face of a pandemic, Earth Day 2020 is going digital. COVID-19 has rightfully seized the world’s attention, and many around the globe are on lockdown. But being stuck at home doesn’t mean we can forget the long-term struggle to save the environment and fight global warming. Groups marking the 50th anniversary of Earth […]

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COVID-19 relief law will send you a check. If you’re able, pay it forward — now

The extraordinary $2 trillion coronavirus relief package approved by Congress and signed by Donald Trump will offer help to individual Americans, small business, cities and states, hospitals, U.S. industry, and more. The most immediate effect will come in the form of a $1,200 payment going to nearly all Americans (those with incomes up to $75,000, […]

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A St. Patrick’s Day song parody about coronavirus (WITH POLL)

Bald Piano Guy, the New York state public school music teacher who regularly posts ditties against Trump, is offering us an original St. Patrick’s Day special. Bald Piano Guy, whose real name is Alan Schwartz, has taught music for some 25 years at a middle school on Long Island. His first claim to fame came […]

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Biden displays compassion, competence over Trump on coronavirus

Former Vice President Joe Biden has shown us why he deserves to be the Democratic presidential nominee and why he will beat Donald Trump in November. While Americans are left confused by inaction, contradictions, and downright lies from the Trump administration — mostly from Trump himself — on how best to fight the novel coronavirus […]

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