×

Editorials

Pence placed country above self

As much as Americans may disagree with former President Donald Trump’s actions since the November elections, there should be agreement that his vice president, Mike Pence, has acted honorably and as a statesman. Pence’s future political options now appear miniscule. Those who loathe ...

Social change may help aquatic life

Did somebody say trout? Yes, that time of year is quickly approaching — the opening day of trout season statewide is April 17. That’s a few months away, certainly good news for area anglers who are yearning to get outdoors. It’s clear, after a recent annual watershed summit of Trout ...

Oaths and words that history will long remember

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Those are the words we expect to hear today as Joe Biden takes the oath of ...

Hope alive as venues plan performances

We have spotted a few beacons of hope amid the gray days of late. These beacons are coming from area entertainment venues. And who could argue against how much they are needed right about now? After a year of trying to control the spread of COVID-19 through shuttered businesses and vaccine ...

For the cause of peace and brotherhood

Looking back at events of the past year, we wondered, what would Martin Luther King Jr. say today on the day named in his honor? We found an answer in King’s April 16, 1963, “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” We wanted to offer the following passage for reflection: “We have waited for ...

Let peace be driving force

This weekend would be a good time for some soul searching. It also would be a good time to re-examine our priorities as a free society. Sure, our nation’s not perfect, but there’s ample opportunity to try new ways — peaceful ways respectful of the collection of ideas and opinions — ...

Habitat puts American dream within reach

There’s something to be said for picking up a hammer and going to town on a project, whether it’s putting together something simple or helping to build a home for a young family eager to have a piece of the American dream. That dream, for some, is enabled by Habitat for Humanity, which ...

Delayed project predictable, given ongoing pandemic

Cracked pavements. Bricks exposed beneath the street surface. Deep ruts that are the result of buried trolley car ties from a century ago. Some of that may be corrected, at least temporarily, when about a mile of Third Street between Mulberry Street and Seventh Avenue is resurfaced this ...

Education boss faces big test once confirmed

Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by the ...

State lawmakers have work cut out with next budget

Perhaps the most desired element of life of the past year has been a return to normalcy. We’ve heard it from just about everyone by now. So we look to our state leaders to guide us through to the other side. The year ahead will be critical — we must rebuild our economy. As the new ...

Most important positions to be settled this year

Anyone care to talk about elections? No, we’re not talking about the national debate. We’re talking about something far more local — opportunities for community service through public office at the local level. These are among our most important elected positions. Those elected ...

Recognizing those who protect us

How appropriate that we recognize law enforcement officers — and the rule of law — in the aftermath of Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol. Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, meant to recognize the men and women in blue for upholding the oath to protect and to ...

Violence in any form is not acceptable

Violence in any form is unacceptable. Objections to the results of the presidential election have inflamed many Americans to the extent that some resorted to violence and protests in our nation’s capital on Wednesday. Sadly, four people died in the chaos. Dozens were injured, including ...

A shining moment for St. John’s School of the Arts

Something to which we can look forward — the May 2022 celebration performance in honor of this year’s 25th anniversary of the St. John’s School of the Arts in the Newberry neighborhood of Williamsport. COVID-19 may be impacting operations at the school, but it has not stopped the ...

Commercial air service is back but true commitment is what area needs

Up, up and away — we’re supposed to be back in the air today at the Williamsport Regional Airport. Commercial flights at the airport here were grounded in October, not long after starting an exciting new service to Charlotte, North Carolina, that was intended to attract more local ...

Postal Service workers deserve credit; problems need addressing

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. The ...

Bipartisan path shows politics as art of compromise

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists ...

Gifts all around with Shop Vac’s exciting news

It was not one gift but two that was delivered to our area on Christmas Eve. The first gift came with the news that Shop Vac on Reach Road had been purchased and the new owner — GreatStar Tools USA — hoped to rehire former employees who lost their jobs in mid-September after a failed sale ...

Bless the first responders who rush in when others flee danger

Once again, we have been reminded of how courageously many law enforcement personnel react to their protect-and-serve mandate. On Christmas morning, a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It had been placed in a recreational vehicle. The perpetrator had placed a loudspeaker in it, ...

Hope inspired by warp-speed vaccine important in 2021

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...