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Opinion

August will not be the same without 2020 World Series

Editorials

August will produce a silence that will echo around the world. There will be no youngsters arriving on airplanes from distant lands. There will be no dreams to chase on baseball diamonds in a few short months. Nobody will become champion of a 2020 Little League World Series. The ...

Factory farming rethinking in order in light of pandemic

Editorials

Hundreds of thousands of hogs raised by farmers to provide Americans with ham, bacon and other meat products will not make it to the slaughterhouse unless ways are found to cure a nasty side-effect of COVID-19. It is that a number of meat processing plants have been shut down because of the ...

This is the start of the next chapter of local journalism

Editorials

You may think you are reading the final Sunday edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and to a degree, you are correct. This is the final Sunday in which a multiple-section edition of this newspaper, complete with circulars and coupons, arrives on the doorstep of subscribers. But this is ...

‘Believe the (political) science’

Opinion

It’s not an understatement to say every Pennsylvanian has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands have faced the virus itself, over a million children are not in school, and more than 1.5 million workers have lost their jobs as a result of Gov. Wolf’s shutdown. The governor ...

Space exploration adventure to boost spirits nationwide

Editorials

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its toll on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirits a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts into ...

Remember, yellow normally does not mean it’s safe to ‘go’

Editorials

A yellow traffic light typically does not mean “proceed with caution.” Typically, it means slow down. A red light is coming. But today, we get the yellow light that signals an ability for life to get moving again — with extreme caution. Today most counties in our region enter the ...

Census response rate shows region only half counted

Editorials

More than a month into the 2020 census, many people have yet to respond. As of Wednesday, 56.8 percent of households nationwide had responded, and just a bit more, 59.1 percent, of Pennsylvania households had responded. In Lycoming County, 59 percent had responded, while in Williamsport ...

Investing in tablets and laptops a wise decision for future

Editorials

Virtual learning for every student is the goal of a $366,480 investment into laptops and electronic tablets in the Montoursville Area School District. That sounds like a lot of money for a district that not long ago was in financial turmoil and board upheaval over an expensive high school ...

Pandemic makes case for lessening FDA obstacles

Editorials

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. On Friday, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency ...

Sight of orange today may be welcome vision

Editorials

Did you ever think you ever would be happy to see the orange cones return to area highways? Well, get ready as this week they should be back. The state Department of Transportation has indicated that it will resume activities related to a host of highway projects this week. The city street ...

We’ll power through COVID-19 together

Opinion

The impacts of the coronavirus epidemic are everywhere. There is the sad toll of illnesses and lives lost. There are economic repercussions in millions of lost jobs, closed businesses and more. The economic effects may make it harder for some customers to pay their electric bill and we’ve ...

Stimulus dollars could help local eateries, workers

Editorials

Among the loveliest of developments in recent years has been our local restaurant scene. We’re not talking about the chain restaurants that have popped up in certain areas, but the locally owned food and drink establishments that specialize in their craft, whether it be a fine dining ...

Trump’s viral legacy

Opinion

“Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is ... fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. “Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. ...

Life in the brave new world

Opinion

In my day, the fear and terror were of nuclear holocaust. I remember as a child going to the home of some of my parents’ friends. The older boy in one of those families showed me a puzzle map of the United States. He showed me the destruction that would occur at the time of a nuclear ...

Americans — when we can, we help others in need

Editorials

We Americans have paid a high price for not stockpiling enough medical equipment and personal protective devices to cope with the COVID-19 onslaught. As of Friday, more than 62,000 people had died in this country from the coronavirus. But here, some states seem to have begun flattening that ...

Bailing out pensions not the way to go during pandemic

Editorials

Within a month, the national debt was increased by more than 10 percent by enacting about $2.7 trillion in bailouts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. American families, businesses, hospitals and local and state governments are among the beneficiaries. That is entirely appropriate. The ...

A compassionate gesture would be appreciated now

Editorials

Today is the deadline for paying county and most municipal taxes within the discount period. The savings on most tax bills do not amount to much to some people, but to those who live frugally, it is a goal worth achieving. If they have a mortgage and escrow account to cover the bill, it’s ...

Gov. Wolf ought to know — it’s not that simple

Editorials

When Gov. Tom Wolf announced an extension of the stay-at-home order for Pennsylvanians until at least May 8, while providing a glimmer of hope that limited parts of the business sector may finally come back to life soon, he was asked what would happen if a furloughed employee refused to return ...

We’re here for you — now and always

Opinion

During this COVID-19 pandemic, our doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, environmental service workers, and everyone in the health care industry have been doing everything in their power to help you stay safe and get well. They are the everyday heroes on the ...