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Opinion

Ranger Smith gave great advice when it comes to bruins

Editorials

“Please don’t feed the bears.” That sage advice may have been delivered in a 1961 cartoon by Ranger Smith to one of childhood’s favorite bears — Yogi — but it still holds true today. We may not realize it when we put our garbage out at night that the can is among places where ...

A capital campaign to fill the plates of food insecure

Editorials

Officials of the New Love Center gathered recently in Avis to cut the ribbon on a new distribution, food pantry and fresh food pharmacy building. The new facility brings together multiple programs under one roof to serve the needs of different populations who are food insecure. Six years ...

There are still good people out there

Letters

I am writing to thank a neighbor of mine and to also show him the recognition he deserves. On Oct. 1 my Chihuahua named Max was shot by a pellet gun. A neighbor found him laying in her yard bleeding and brought him home where my girlfriend’s daughter and stepson were. He was almost dead. She ...

Pennsylvania must stop funding anti-abortion programs

Letters

We are a group of physicians from across Pennsylvania, and unlike the staff and volunteers of crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), we provide real care to our patients every single day. CPCs, or anti-abortion centers, are known for falsely presenting themselves to look like clinics that provide ...

A set of standards that spin doctors don’t want you to see

Opinion

The year is 1975. The alarm clock is set for 5 a.m. The gas station opens at 7 a.m. If you get there two hours early, you will be near the front of the line waiting to purchase the $5 limit of gasoline. The gas only costs 80 cents a gallon ... if you can get it. There is an oil embargo ...

The table

Letters

Why on earth would someone choose to talk about a table? It sounds like something your high school English/grammar teacher would give their students to write about. You know, the 500-word essay that will be due in two days and on which you will get a grade? When I think of the table, myriad ...

Americans must come together — it’s what we do best

Opinion

America is divided. We see and feel it every day, and one can become discouraged. Then, when we recently marked the 19th remembrance of 9/11, something happened: Americans from all across the nation put politics aside and honored the brave people we lost. We were reminded of an earlier time ...

Pandemic politics

Letters

Gov. Wolf has placed unfair/unconstitutional restrictions on business and events. Wal-Mart and Lowes, open. Many small businesses forced to close or limit operations. Carlisle auto shows, permitted. Many other venues and events canceled by order. Veterans parades and the 911 Memorial Ride ...

Williamsport airport

Letters

Williamsport losing air service? It is hard to believe. With American Airlines eliminating service to Williamsport, I am concerned about the end of an era. When I graduated from WHS in 1959, there were multiple airlines serving Williamsport with two flights a day, on average. There was ...

To touch the Earth

Letters

Ira Hayes. A true American war hero. He and four others raised our flag. Millions should recognize the pictures. A large bronze statue. Few know the names. The vicious battle happened on a small Pacific island. Volcanic. Bare lava. Iron hard rocks. Jagged cliffs. Many tunnels hid enemy troops ...

Sad

Letters

With all the 9/11 stuff canceled (especially the one at the NY Trade Center), proud to see a lot of locals participated in the non-sanctioned 9/11 Memorial Ride. What our so-called leaders are forcing on us now reminds me of “The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave but one” by Ernest ...

Jobs come and go

Letters

In 2006, Liberty Mutual closed the major potion of their office at Sycamore Road, and 210 people lost their jobs that day. I don’t recall anyone standing outside offering any of us a possible job. Liberty Mutual offered no help with us relocating. The Chamber of Commerce could not have cared ...

A simple solution to a danger lurking in medicine cabinet

Editorials

Saturday, Oct. 24, is National Drug Take Back Day. Since its inception in 2010, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative has allowed state law enforcement agencies to collect more than 12 million pounds of unused or expired prescription medications. Last year, more than 75,000 ...

Missing packages

Letters

I was very interested in reading the recent letter regarding the Post Office and missing packages. I recently made two trips on the same day to the Post Office trying to locate medical supplies for my husband, which according to the vendor had been at the Post Office for several days. On my ...

Libraries essential to our communities as is their funding

Editorials

Just as with the small business community, many of our local institutions and agencies continue to struggle amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently we heard the plight of the James V. Brown Library, which faces level funding from the county this year but the potential for a ...

A dangerous threat to democracy

Letters

Pennsylvania House Resolution 1032 is the most undemocratic scheme I have ever seen considered in my lifetime. What is being proposed will interfere with a free and fair election and is beyond my comprehension. Instead of making the election process easier, and extending the counting of ...

Be safe

Letters

Eight million people have contracted the COVID-19 virus in America. That’s eight million down and 292 million to go. We haven’t turned the corner; we aren’t even half way down the block. Tired of the virus? The virus isn’t tired of you. In all, 220,000 people have died with the virus ...

A trillion here, a trillion there, and soon a catastrophe

Editorials

It is doubtful the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., would have foreseen a time when a bit of sarcasm attributed to him would become obsolete. Sometime during the 1960s, it is said, Dirksen warned against apathy regarding the national debt by commenting, “A billion here and a billion ...

Distribution plan for vaccine must be hashed out

Editorials

We Americans, collectively, were not ready for the coronavirus epidemic. We ought to be ready for the recovery. It will begin when a vaccine against COVID-19 becomes available. Though a timeline for that is uncertain, it appears safe, effective vaccines will be available early next year. ...

A coalition with far reach targeting sexual predators

Editorials

Among the very worst evils in our world is sexual abuse of children. But many of the predators engaged in it have an enemy powerful enough to strike fear in them. Operating far enough under the radar that we doubt many people have heard of it, an organization in Boca Raton, Florida, has a ...