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Editorials

Get outdoors — just do it safely and with respect

Feeling the cabin fever from sheltering at home and doing your part to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve? Then get outside — just do it safely. People were surprised this past week when the state suddenly opened trout season days early and mid-week, but it came as a welcome surprise to ...

Safeguarding our nursing homes should be priority

By Sunday, more than 2,600 of the Americans killed by COVID-19 were known to have been residents of nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. And that could be an undercount as the federal government does not keep track of the number of coronavirus deaths in nursing homes, according to ...

Buyer beware if looking at antibody tests for COVID-19

Going on the offensive against COVID-19 will require knowing more about who has had the disease, perhaps without showing symptoms. To that end, new tests have been developed and are being perfected. Most seem to rely on detecting antibodies the body produces to fight and often, defeat certain ...

Realistic federal stockpile should be states’ backstop

Nearly 6,000 of the protective masks sent to Alabama from the federal stockpile of medical supplies were supposed to have been thrown away a decade ago. Materials in them had sustained dry rot and were unusable, according to The Associated Press. Meanwhile, more than 150 ventilators sent to ...

It’s time for U.S. manufacturing to return to our soil

With a widespread shortage of medical supplies, we should be concerned that the vast majority are manufactured in China. We should be particularly concerned as there is a tendency to publicly assign blame. We need to be cautious about that. We should instead focus on the cure — not on ...

Valuable lessons being delivered at terrible price

Democratic Party leaders are preparing to launch a formal investigation into how President Donald Trump’s administration has handled the COVID-19 crisis, it has been reported. At some point, such an examination needs to be conducted — but not as an exercise in political point-scoring. Has ...

CARES-2 Act needed to correct flaws in original

A CARES-2 Act needs to be written and enacted as soon as possible in Washington — not necessarily to pump more money into the national COVID-19 recovery effort, but to correct flaws in the original law. The ink is barely dry on the coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which ...

American tradition of watching out for neighbors important

Had COVID-19 unleashed its full fury on every region of the United States at once, the situation now would be nearly unmanageable — and much more deadly than we hope will be the case. Fortunately, the disease is progressing at different stages in different places. Large cities such as New ...

Seniors, please don’t fall victim to latest COVID-19 scammers

Where most of us see tragedy, a few scum see opportunity. Their newest crime is preying on people who expect federal payments to help them get through the COVID-19 outbreak. Needless to say, senior citizens are the preferred targets. Some are receiving calls offering to help them register for ...

Food chain still up, thanks to truckers, farmers, providers

While all the world around us is in a state of chaos and health peril, one of our most basic needs — food — is being met, despite challenges. Food production remains safe, accessible and reliable, according to Russell Redding, state agriculture secretary. And a trip to any of the ...

Brutal week ahead means greater care must be exercised

This week will be a brutal one for Americans. As President Donald Trump put it during the weekend, “There will be a lot of death, unfortunately.” By Monday, 330,891 Americans had been diagnosed with COVID-19. More than 8,900 had succumbed to the disease. In Pennsylvania, the state ...

CARES should not be giveaway for special interests

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on Earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Transparency will build trust at all government levels

“Transparency builds trust, especially in times of crisis.” That is the message from Erik Arneson, executive director of the state Office of Open Records, to government leaders at all levels — cities, boroughs, townships and school districts included. As business has ground to a ...

Local news matters to help us all be safe

Dear reader, The past few weeks have been full of uncertainty for all of us here in north central Pennsylvania when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted today to provide you with an update on how we have been covering the crisis here at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and the resources ...

Education remains important, at home as well as in school

For millions of students here and nationwide, public schools have been closed since mid-March. School has been wherever a quiet place could be found in the home. For most, class starts when they and their parents decide it will. That simply will not work for many children. There is a reason ...

Feeling helpless? A blood donation will help save lives

Most of us have had to be on the defensive against COVID-19. We practice social distancing and good personal hygiene to defend ourselves and our loved ones. Wouldn’t it be nice to go on the offensive — to save someone’s life? We can. Every day, throughout our country, men, women and ...

Rumors make matters worse in trying times

“Please stop the spread of rumors.” That’s the plea that recently accompanied confirmation of the first positive test for the COVID-19 virus of a person living in Lycoming County. It was made by Jeffrey L. Hutchins, director of the county Department of Public Safety, who said: “We ...

Today we count — it’s time to fill out decennial census

Today we count. Today our numbers matter. Today is the day of the decennial census of America’s population. Every state and community depends on an accurate population count. Figures that come from the Census are used in calculating the distribution of government resources to states. ...

Risky behavior endangers more than just oneself

It is difficult, frankly, to view people refusing to join the rest of us in attempting to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus as anything but spoiled brats. The vast majority of them appear to be young. We see some particularly disturbing and infuriating news coming from abroad. In Germany, ...

Existential peril for universities coping financially even before virus

A significant number of colleges and universities in the United States were coping with financial challenges, some severe, before COVID-19 reared its ugly head. Now, with many forced to suspend operations and send students home, these institutions of higher learning may be in existential ...