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Opinion

Protocol essential as businesses open doors to customers

Editorials

Be careful out there. Just because Lycoming County’s district attorney has decided he will not prosecute businesses that choose to defy state closure orders does not mean we’ve won the battle against COVID-19 and it’s safe to venture out like we did last summer. Far from it. The ...

Wear orange on June 5

Editorials

June 5 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which is marked by the Wear Orange campaign. Orange is the color that Hadiya Pendleton’s friends wore in her honor when she was shot and killed in Chicago at the age of 15 in January 2013. After her death, they asked us to stand up, speak out and ...

Taliban assurances may be difficult for us to believe

Editorials

While we Americans were paying tribute to our fallen heroes during Memorial Day weekend, observant Muslims here and abroad were marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Even in Afghanistan, there was a pause in hostilities between government and Taliban forces. It came as U.S. and ...

There must be curbs on ability to spy on us at will

Editorials

Unanimity over how much power intelligence agencies should have to pry into Americans’ personal affairs has disappeared with reports during the past few years of unconstitutional invasions of privacy. Victims of that have ranged from high-ranking government officials down to millions of other ...

Remember today American heroes who died for us

Editorials

During the American Revolution, an estimated 4,435 soldiers died in battle fighting for freedom from England between 1775 and 1783, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A few short decades later, another 2,260 U.S. soldiers died fighting in the War of 1812, which lasted until ...

A walk among silent warriors

Opinion

My life has been blessed to have know several special men during my time on this Earth. To many they may not even be recognized as a warrior. They included relatives, friends, fellow workers and acquaintances. They never boasted of their service. They were quiet warriors; humble about their ...

Debt of gratitude may never be repaid

Opinion

As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, I understand all too well the importance of paying tribute to fallen heroes — some of whom I knew personally. Their sacrifices help guarantee our way of life today, and their memories live on in the hearts and minds of those who honor them. This year on ...

Contact tracing, testing necessary to reduce spread

Editorials

The proverbial canary has been released into the coalmine. That’s how the phase yellow reopening should be viewed in our region as well as other places nationwide where state governments are easing orders (and others are defiantly breaking) that have confined people largely to their homes. ...

In the dictionary of 2020, ‘new normal’ is the scariest term

Opinion

Pandemic. Flattening the curve. Social distancing. Masks. Takeout meals. Zoom meeting. Virtual school. Essential. Non-essential. Ventilators. Vaccine. Stimulus checks. This is the dictionary of 2020, the year of the coronavirus. For millions of parents, the morning assignment is not ...

Pennsylvanians deserve an apology

Opinion

Insults. Threats. Bullying. Gov. Tom Wolf’s video statement recently featured all three. Wolf launched these salvos against his fellow Pennsylvanians — local elected officials, job creators, and workers in eight counties — seeking to provide for themselves and their families. He called ...

School boards deserve respect for tax decisions

Editorials

This week brought a glimmer of positive news from some of our local school boards, including Williamsport Area, Montgomery and Muncy. Though things could change between now and final passage of school budgets by June 30, at least two districts so far have decided to try to hold the line and ...

Private schools suffering too

Opinion

In late March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act for short. In part, it calls for $13.2 billion to be provided for K-12 education across the country, with an estimated $523.8 million for Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Department of ...

All first responders this year’s winners

Opinion

This week marks National Emergency Medical Services Week. It’s a yearly observation. But this year, the brave men and women on the front lines, especially first responders, deserve extra recognition. The COVID-19 crisis has changed everything. People have been asked to stay at home and are ...

Police officers, firefighters not to be forgotten

Editorials

Hospital personnel such as nurses and doctors, ambulance crews and other full-time health care professionals are viewed by many Americans as the front-line heroines and heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent episode reminds us that first responders such as police officers and firefighters ...

Wolf just doesn’t see (green) light

Editorials

On a day that Gov. Tom Wolf called counties “cowardly” for planning to defy his lockdown orders, his administration demonstrated exactly why Pennsylvanians have doubts about his administration’s leadership. In a recent briefing, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine was asked about ...

Thank this obscure law for a potential vaccine

Opinion

According to the Milken Institute, over 70 treatments for COVID-19 are already in clinical trials or progressing toward clinical trials. Several of the inventions behind this flurry of activity resulted from government-funded research in U.S. universities. This public-private cooperation is ...

Insider trading allegations merit full investigation

Editorials

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

We can reopen safely — now is not time to let up

Opinion

Social distancing is working. So is only leaving the house for essential trips, working from home and limitations on non-essential businesses. And as we think about gradually reopening components of our society and ramping up some of the clinical services in our hospitals and clinics, it will ...

Adequate national medical stockpile logical way to go

Editorials

As the coronavirus epidemic hit full stride, Americans learned to our dismay that the nation lacked adequate supplies of COVID-19 test kits, personal protective gear such as face masks, medical ventilators and other necessities for dealing with a massive health care emergency. To their ...