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Editorials

Stay home, stay safe and enjoy July 4 in style

Stay home. Stay safe. No, we’re not talking about COVID-19 this time. We’re talking about the Independence Day fireworks that will be set off in Williamsport and visible across much of the city and neighborhoods south of the river. We see it as a plus that Backyard Broadcasting will go ...

Wildlife near homes signals need for caution

Foxes. Deer. And bears. Oh my! Anybody living in this region should not be surprised by the abundance of wildlife in Penn’s Woods — nor should they be surprised by an unexpected visitor that may show up in just about any neighborhood. The occasional skunk or opossum that may get into a ...

Outlook for jobs, shifts in shopping patterns of concern

Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the nation struggles to get an economy stalled by COVID-19 back in gear. Some success has been seen; by this past Saturday, the U.S. unemployment rate was 13.3 percent, much better than the 14.7 percent a month before. Still, we have a long way to ...

Gov. Wolf not OK with unilateral decision making — unless he’s doing it

One could perhaps forgive Gov. Tom Wolf this past Wednesday for not being in the greatest of moods. The night before, the General Assembly voted to end the governor’s emergency declaration that started in March at the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak. Does the Legislature have the power to ...

We appreciate sensitivity shown by Gen. Milley

Regardless of how you lean politically, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did a few days ago was reassuring. President Donald Trump has been criticized by some — and, it needs to be noted, praised by others — for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You will have ...

Level playing field means something to spelling bee kids

Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the least. An occasional ray of sunshine breaks through, however. Consider the national spelling bee. Earlier this year, organizers of the annual Scripps ...

Reason for hope and confidence in fewer positives

UPMC has seen zero positive COVID-19 cases among all of its health care facilities and senior communities, UPMC officials recently announced in one of their weekly briefings. And, many other health care providers are seeing fewer positives and more recoveries, they said. Environmental changes ...

Deficit spending unsustainable in the long run

If you are among those who have not lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 epidemic, congratulations. Perhaps you share the widespread opinion that the current “lock down” of the economy should continue, to keep everyone safe. How would you like the government to collect your share? That ...

Congratulations to every member of the Class of 2020

Congratulations go out today to the members of the Class of 2020. You may be the most challenged class to graduate from our local schools. With the COVID-19 public health crisis, you were sent home from school early this year and expected to finish your classwork in a homeschooling type of ...

Back in the green may mean return to better grooming

Now that we’ve entered the green phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, surely the salons, barbershops and hairdressers are booking appointments like never before. We’ve heard the complaints of roots in need of color and hair that’s grown longer than normal, while others have brushed off these ...

Restoring economic normalcy may mean return to old habits

About 156.5 million Americans are categorized as members of the civilian labor force. At least 41 million people who can work and by definition want to are unemployed. In other words, approximately one of every four people able to work is not employed — and is being supported by the rest. ...

High court shows emergency power concern in split vote

Local and state officials reveling in their power to enforce dictates they claim are needed to battle the coronavirus pandemic may well have felt a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld their authority. In a way, it did. But look more closely at the ruling. It came in an emergency appeal ...

Change is essential to a future of peace

Smashed windows. Fires. Curfews. An as-of-yet untold number of people killed. Summer is heating up fast. Cooler heads must prevail. The story of George Floyd, pinned to his death under the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis in late May, has sparked a firestorm across America. Protests ...

It’s easier being green than red or yellow today

Kermit the Frog famously sings that it’s not easy being green and suggests it may be nicer to be red or yellow or gold. Today we would argue that it’s easier being green than yellow and definitely better than red. That’s because today, at last, we are green, so far as phases go with ...

Those who protect, serve need to weed out rogues in uniform

Sometimes we wish we could “rewind” something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred March 25 ...

Dr. Fauci a shining example for others in uncertain times

Respect. More than 50 years ago, the word came to be a symbol of female empowerment, and of black women in particular. More recently, the word was used by Dr. Anthony Fauci in encouraging the use of masks when out in public. Wearing a mask is a sign of respect for other people, he ...

Day of civic duty is upon us; time to get out the vote

Today is primary election day in Pennsylvania, with voters heading to the polls to nominate Democratic and Republican candidates for state and federal offices. The outcome will set the stage for the general election on Nov. 3. Much already is pretty apparent about a number of nominations on ...

Getting vocational students back in hands-on classes should be priority

Many school districts and individual teachers have contingency plans for classes to be interrupted for a few days. We doubt more than a handful had strategies for the current situation, in which the last couple of months of school for millions of students was canceled. There is evidence many ...

Ode to Joy: Listen to tune of kids playing ball

Will we see youngsters on baseball diamonds this summer? It’s possible. Little League International recently posted protocols designed to get kids playing again while keeping youths and coaches safe from the COVID-19 threat. No handshakes, high-fives or fist bumps, according to the ...

The yin and yang of mail-in ballots and our elections

Pennsylvania voters registered as Democrats and Republicans will head to the polls — or their mailboxes — for next week’s primary election. But there are problems that could make this year’s elections even more of a debacle than the hanging chad controversy of the 2000 U.S. ...