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Opinion

Vaccine guidelines debate should not wait for availability

Editorials

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

Antique machinery show must go on, for years to come

Editorials

A year ago there was concern about the future of the Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Association’s annual show. After the 32nd annual event last summer, the association learned that they would no longer be able to use the grounds of the Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County along ...

Closing GOP convention sends message of secrecy

Editorials

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire the party personnel who came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to Democrats. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later ...

Inexcusable impact on nursing homes should we slip

Editorials

About 40 percent of the more than 153,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to happen. Many of the deaths occurred during ...

Nothing ‘odd’ — just honorable — about this group

Editorials

They may be called Odd Fellows, but they are anything but odd. Unless, of course, you consider the act of helping everyday people “odd.” That may be where the name comes from, according to Justin Bailey, grand secretary of the state’s Order of Odd Fellows group, but it’s only one of ...

A victory for government transparency

Opinion

One of the biggest frustrations we have faced during this pandemic is a lack of effective communication from the Wolf administration. The orders issued by the governor and the secretary of Health have been life-changing for families, employees and business owners, and they have left many ...

Twitter dangerously decides to become editor

Opinion

I don’t tweet. But millions of people do. And millions more people use Twitter as their barometer of the world. It’s even recently been suggested Twitter is the driver of the New York Times front page. It’s regrettable to me, but Twitter has a lot of influence on the way people see the ...

Pennsylvania can’t fight the nursing home crisis alone

Opinion

COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire through the nation’s nursing homes. Already, more than 56,000 residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities — including over 4,800 in Pennsylvania — have died from COVID-19. They account for more than 44 percent of U.S. ...

OM participants overcome unique challenge this year

Editorials

We are always pleased to see local students competing in the annual Odyssey of the Mind competition and to watch as many teams advance from the regional to the state tournament. Competition day is always — or at least before this year always has been — bustling with activity, with dozens ...

Red Cross could use your help with life-saving blood

Editorials

As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, the American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. It contains antibodies that may help patients actively ...

A milestone worthy of our attention

Editorials

And so it happens, one step at a time. Over and over again. Until one day David Anderson of Loyalsock Township reached a milestone — he had run 10,000 miles. In 2015, Anderson recorded 826 miles. After that, he just kept running, including 5Ks and a marathon in Harrisburg. He says he runs ...

New relief package will be necessary for many reasons

Editorials

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...

Post-paid voting plus compensation should be mandated

Editorials

Of all the irrational debates Americans should be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported about a week ago takes the cake. Beyond any doubt, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by ...

We all need to be more tolerant about masks

Opinion

To wear a mask in public, or not, that is the question. I don’t like to use a mask, but I choose to wear one, especially in enclosed public spaces, because I believe it provides some protection for myself and for others. Although coronavirus particles are tiny and can pass through mask ...

BUILD grant would further connect region via bike trails

Editorials

An ambitious project attached to the Pine Creek Rail Trail appears promising. So does a partnership among three counties — Lycoming, Clinton and Tioga — aimed at obtaining a $23.3 million federal grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The entire project is estimated to cost $28.5 ...

Civil liberties: The delicate balance

Opinion

It is a delicate process to define civil rights and liberties. Many people believe that freedom of action and freedom of speech gives them the right to do whatever they want. The concept of a “protest” is thought by some to be a legitimate petition to the government. There must be a balance ...

Pennsylvania police reform

Opinion

Law enforcement leaders in Pennsylvania are committed to continuing constructive changes that can make our criminal justice system fairer for all citizens. Pennsylvania is one of the few states to pass meaningful reforms into law since George Floyd’s death. This is a considerable achievement. ...

Vatican guidance makes reporting abuse mandatory

Editorials

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people — including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...

LHU, Mansfield University alliance will bring pain, but also gain

Editorials

While we are sad to see the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education launch a study into essentially unifying Lock Haven and Mansfield Universities under one budget, one president, one faculty and a combined array of degrees, it is not surprising. Not in the current environment brought ...

Public health agencies worthy of extra support

Editorials

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in ...