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Opinion

Legalization of marijuana?

Opinion

As executive director of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and a former member of the state Department of Health Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, I would like to express my concerns, and those of many of our membership, about the legalization of marijuana and the relative effects ...

New city commission worthy of emulation across our region

Editorials

A new accessibility advisory commission is on the way in Williamsport. With unanimous approval of the ordinance on first reading, there is little doubt that the new commission will be finalized and seated in coming months. The new commission would come from a cross-section of the disabled ...

More on masks

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I received some interesting responses to my July 27 guest editorial, “We all need to be more tolerant about masks.” Most responders seemed to understand the main points I was trying to make – that there are reasons why some people choose not to wear masks – such as conflicting messages ...

Lawsuits and other scary bedtime stories

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There are those who are trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 disease in all kinds of creative ways. Some are the ordinary scam artists, promising instant cures or protection from the flu-like symptoms. Still others pedal stories about a dam ready to burst with a flood of lawsuits. Those who ...

Little League gives us hope for big celebration in 2022

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Should all go well, we can expect some big doings in the summer of 2022. With what would have been this year’s 75th annual Little League World Series canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans are underway to celebrate the 75th edition of the Series in 2022. In concert with that, the ...

Make Pennsylvania the Keystone State again

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As Sen. Gene Yaw represents a district where humanity’s role in climate change is often unaccepted, his declaration in these pages, “the goal of addressing climate change is desirable,” is a welcome starting point to a dialogue. Numerous economic realities join those of science backing ...

Levee project staying on track despite pandemic

Editorials

The pandemic may have dramatically changed our work, social and educational lives, but it cannot stand in the way of the forces of nature. So it’s reassuring to hear that municipal and county officials have kept their focus on the levee project through the past half year while COVID-19 ...

Federal Reserve should stay course

Editorials

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they can ...

Protecting children should be federal funding priority

Editorials

Behind the unemployment statistics — between 16 million and 18 million Americans without jobs, many as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic — are the children. Millions of them are in homes where the coronavirus continues to make it difficult to put bread on the table. Now is not the time to ...

An open letter to all Pennsylvanians

Opinion

Gov. Tom Wolf is unlawfully scheming to circumvent the Pennsylvania General Assembly and, by his own estimates, impose a $2.36 billion tax on fossil fuel-fired electric generation plants in Pennsylvania over the next 10 years. Governor Wolf’s goal is for Pennsylvania to join the 10-state ...

Let’s not let progress turn into another housing market slump

Editorials

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report last week that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7 percent last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low ...

Education officials locally should have say over decisions

Editorials

To play or not to play. To attend classes in person or study remotely from home. These are serious decisions to be weighed by individual families and students as school bells ring this fall. We believe it is important that opportunities be provided despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ...

PIAA made correct call for fall sports

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Students returned to the playing fields on Monday, three days after the PIAA board voted to allow fall sports. This is a positive sign, in our view, and we hope Gov. Wolf stays true to his word that he will not turn his “recommendation” that a return to the playing field should be delayed ...

When history’s balance is replaced by indoctrination, chaos happens

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We all want this to stop, right? The nightly riots in Portland, with programmed destruction having nothing to do with racial injustice. The daily murders in Chicago and New York, including random shootings of young children. The politicized debates over police defunding and the worthiness ...

Election ready 2020

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This fall’s presidential election is coming up quickly, and during every day leading up to Nov. 3, Pennsylvania’s county leaders and election officials are hard at work preparing to administer an impartial and accurate election. And what’s top of mind for them? Making sure that voters can ...

Cheaters clearly lacking strong moral compass

Editorials

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestige colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

What if someone in FBI decided to spy on you?

Editorials

It is more than unfortunate that virtually everything seems to be colored by politics these days. It also may be hazardous to our freedoms. More and more, it is becoming apparent that a few powerful people in the government broke the law in spying on a candidate for president in 2016. Just ...

Severe punishment merited for abuse of any public trust

Editorials

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

Scoppa’s legacy fading into history at city’s Elm Park

Editorials

How soon we forget. That must have been part of the sting Lisa Scoppa-DePalo felt upon reading that the park her father, Sam Scoppa, nurtured and cherished for over half a century was named for another man. Of course, she had no ill will toward the other man, the late Father John Manno, a ...

Neither COVID-19 nor politics at heart of USPS money crisis

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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused by some ...