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Editorials

Dental Hygiene Clinic a win-win

Meteorological spring starts Sunday, and the sunny days of the season are sure to make many a person smile. So why not schedule a dental cleaning to really show off those pearly whites? The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a valuable service to the community ...

A lesson about political power

Political controversy is seen by some people not burdened by consciences solely as an opportunity for fame and fortune. It seems attorney Michael Avenatti belongs in that category. Avenatti’s big chance came when the California attorney latched onto a prized client: Stephanie Clifford, more ...

Investing more in students is what matters

“The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.” — Education clause in the Pennsylvania Constitution This clause from the Pennsylvania Constitution serves as a reminder of ...

Racism’s ugly stain difficult to remove from societal fabric

There was a time when a nasty note sent from student to student might be intercepted by a teacher and appropriate action taken. Nobody but those involved would see it. But this is 2020. Social media rules a student population raised on technology. Jersey Shore Area School District recently ...

Answer to burning question reveals level of dislike

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...

Applause for White Deer, Billy Casper for turning around public golf course

Officials and staff at the White Deer Golf Course are to be commended after finishing 2019 in the black after years of ending with a deficit. Much credit is due to Billy Casper Golf, which took over management of the county asset in 2017. That year, the deficit was $93,942. By 2018, Billy ...

Let’s hope Census does not become electronic fiasco

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

After 20 years, alliance still places safety over politics

A logical answer to manpower and response time concerns. That is just the start of what was realized two decades ago when the city and Old Lycoming Township entered into a firefighting alliance that involved shared resources. The alliance was formed a few years after the city closed a fire ...

SROs wear many hats in modern school setting

They’re educators. They’re mentors and informal counselors. And, yes, they are law enforcement officers too. The roles school resource officers (SROs) take on were highlighted during a recent training organized by Intermediate Unit 17 on behalf of many districts within its boundaries ...

Time for fishermen to weigh in on next state Trout Plan

We often hear community officials, notably police, asking the public to be their eyes and ears. We recently heard that type of plea from another segment of the community — the state Fish and Boat Commission. Timothy Schaeffer, the commission’s executive director, recently went to the ...

Law enforcement needs to know we are on their side

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

International cyber war a new reality to take seriously

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Vaccines offer level of protection — why take chances?

We’ve written much about getting an annual flu shot, which protects not just the individual but the community that may otherwise spread and incubate disease. We’ve written much about new and emerging diseases that have deadly consequences, the most recent being the coronavirus that has ...

Elementary school antics unbecoming of national leaders

Much food for thought — and debate — was offered by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address. Among other things, Trump discussed the strong economy, including achievements such as the lowest unemployment rate for African-Americans on record. Democrats pointed out he ...

Patience will be needed during Route 220 project

It’s been nearly 14 years since a motorcycle crashed into a minivan on Route 220 in Woodward Township, sparking an explosion and killing the van’s four occupants — a mother and her daughter, a man and his mother — along with the motorcyclist. Five people lost their lives in an ...

As world worries about coronavirus, have you received your flu shot yet?

So ... getting more worried by the day about the coronavirus epidemic center in China? Officials report more than 560 deaths among the approximately 28,000 patients with the disease, which has spread to 25 countries. Indeed, a few cases of panic have been reported. In one case, a man ...

Early release only rarely should be considered in terrorism cases

Concern about overcrowded jails and prisons, combined with a laudable desire to give people who have made mistakes second chances in life, have prompted many Americans to rethink sentences for criminal offenses. That is occurring at the local, state and federal levels. Indeed, we need to ...

A standing O for Collective on full house

Congratulations to the students of Uptown Music Collective on selling out the Community Arts Center for their show, “Captain Fantastic and The Piano Man: The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel.” Members of the community and supporters of the collective no doubt experienced an energized ...

Awareness vital to avoiding scams that plague society

Unwanted and harassing telephone calls create an alarming amount of anxiety. It seems there’s a new phone scam on just about any given day. These scams play on the emotions in an attempt to get money. The most recent one involves a caller claiming the recipient has a warrant out for their ...

Sadly, powerful weapons necessary enemy deterrent

For generations, the U.S. nuclear arsenal was viewed as the ultimate deterrent. No one would dare attack us, we thought, out of fear of massive retaliation. But deterrence requires that a potential foe believes we might use powerful weapons. The very strength of some nuclear devices makes ...