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Editorials

What if someone in FBI decided to spy on you?

It is more than unfortunate that virtually everything seems to be colored by politics these days. It also may be hazardous to our freedoms. More and more, it is becoming apparent that a few powerful people in the government broke the law in spying on a candidate for president in 2016. Just ...

Severe punishment merited for abuse of any public trust

The power to profit greatly from their misdeeds and to be shielded from punishment is something of which all criminals dream. Occasionally, often through politics, some think they have achieved that. If federal authorities are correct, former White House aide Steve Bannon is among ...

Scoppa’s legacy fading into history at city’s Elm Park

How soon we forget. That must have been part of the sting Lisa Scoppa-DePalo felt upon reading that the park her father, Sam Scoppa, nurtured and cherished for over half a century was named for another man. Of course, she had no ill will toward the other man, the late Father John Manno, a ...

Neither COVID-19 nor politics at heart of USPS money crisis

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused by some ...

Brotherhood forging ahead in unusual year

In what is turning into a year of canceled events, the Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance is forging ahead with its plans. Yes, the alliance had to make the tough decision to delay a community dinner that it traditionally holds each spring until next year. That banquet is planned for May 12 ...

Far too many American children victims of shootings

During the week that ended Aug. 16, more than 30 American children were killed or wounded in shootings across the United States, according to one gun violence archive. Among the most recent tragedies was one in Akron, Ohio. There, Mikayla Pickett, 8 years old, was hit by a bullet fired by one ...

Exciting new era in airline travel begins today

Today marks an exciting new era in airline travel out of the Williamsport Regional Airport. Forging ahead despite the pandemic, the Williamsport Regional Airport Authority, supported by the county commissioners and Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, has launched a new schedule of ...

Hey governor, it’s time to let youths engage in fall sports

The pain’s not over yet, and, yes, it’s going to be painful ahead. That’s the unfortunate bottom line that will follow the cancellation of fall sports, from high school athletic fields to local college and Big Ten and Penn State football. The new game is about staying healthy — and ...

Mail-in voting pits one threat against another

No one should have to choose between their health and their right to vote, and no one needs to if local election officials are provided with resources to keep the process safe at the polls, while also ensuring everyone’s ability to get a ballot mailed on time. We need to keep in mind our ...

State overstepping with its mandates for local activities

We are going to miss a whole lot this fall, to be sure, as events continue to be canceled because of state mandates amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This week we’ve digested the news that there will be no 9-11 Memorial Ride in September and no Mummers Parade in October. Both events ...

School hybrid plan would maximize safety in classroom

There’s no doubt that school administrators across the region are up against the biggest challenge of their careers as they figure out how to safely reopen schools this fall. In less than two weeks, on Aug. 26, East Lycoming School District will ring the bell to summon students back from ...

Make America Smart Again — let’s not be gullible

“Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs.” One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissention in the United States. If not, it ...

Idea of changing Census deadline should be discarded

Giving Americans a month less to respond to the 2020 Census is among the more ridiculous proposals to come out of Washington this year. The idea should be discarded. Original plans for the Census called for an Oct. 31 deadline for people to respond with information about themselves and their ...

Our skepticism may be our best defense online

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election less than three months away, that comes as no surprise. There is ...

From bath salts to opioids, drugs continue their toll

Why? That’s what we found ourselves asking this week after reading an alarming report about an uptick in arrests related to the use of bath salts in the Jersey Shore area. No, we’re not talking about the crystalline substance that is dissolved in bath water to soften or perfume the ...

Are you prepared for the next wave of COVID-19?

How many rolls of toilet paper do you have? What about maintenance medications you take on a routine basis? And how well stocked is your food pantry? These are important considerations to stay on top of in the weeks and months ahead as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hold the nation ...

Vaccine guidelines debate should not wait for availability

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

Antique machinery show must go on, for years to come

A year ago there was concern about the future of the Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Association’s annual show. After the 32nd annual event last summer, the association learned that they would no longer be able to use the grounds of the Consolidated Sportsmen of Lycoming County along ...

Closing GOP convention sends message of secrecy

Republican Party leaders have one obvious step to take this week: Fire the party personnel who came up with the crazy idea of holding the party convention behind closed doors. It was a blatantly bad idea — almost a gift to Democrats. GOP leaders from throughout the nation will gather later ...