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Editorials

As numbers go up, please, continue to follow protocol

Irresponsible. That’s our view of the constable — maskless — who reportedly told voters at one city polling site on Tuesday that they did not need to wear masks or engage in social distancing. His photo was quickly circulated on social media. Meanwhile, the Voter Services Office was ...

Another lock down would devastate fragile economy

With COVID-19 slashing through populations throughout the world, some nations are preparing for lock downs of the type employed last spring to curb the virus’ spread. Americans can’t afford to do that. Another business slowdown/shutdown of the type we experienced for a few months could ...

We may not know results tonight but will we have peace?

We would like to think that, at the end of this day, a hush may settle over the land. That peace may prevail. That freedom-loving people will accept the outcome of the 2020 elections and move in whichever direction the results send us. But we are not so sure that this will ...

Mailbox mess must be on list for Congress

Told in school that a really, really big test was coming up and that passing it was critical not just to you but also to your entire school, you’d probably do all you could to be prepared. Were you told that no expense would be spared in providing resources for you to prepare for the exam and ...

With every vote you cast on Tuesday

This Tuesday, Nov. 3, brings an election perhaps unlike any other, complicated by modern times and room-darkening curtains over what should be windows of transparency. Politics long have involved twisted versions of the truth, with either side going after the other with increasing levels of ...

We need growing influence in state, federal governments

It’s far easier to get to know candidates for public office on the local level. They are members of our communities and we get to know them in person, at least when we’re not in pandemic-imposed lock down. They take time to talk to us. They don’t shy away from questions about issues ...

Return to meetings in person a positive step toward access

Open meetings are central to how our government operates. They play a role in transparency. The allow the public to witness the representatives they elect working for the common good. We appreciate this quote from Patrick Henry, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers: “The liberties of a ...

Getting out the vote vital

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

Be wary of online falsehoods spread by enemy states

If the recent announcement that Russian and Iranian operatives are using technology once again to influence U.S. politics came as a surprise, you clearly have not been paying attention. That makes you preferred prey, by the way. We were warned in advance of the 2016 election of how the ...

Congress should investigate 2020 Census process

By March or April, it was clear the 2020 Census would be much more of a guessing game than in decennial population counts. COVID-19 has seen to that. Our whole society has been disrupted in multiple ways. Responding to Census questionnaires has been the last thing on the minds of millions of ...

Ranger Smith gave great advice when it comes to bruins

“Please don’t feed the bears.” That sage advice may have been delivered in a 1961 cartoon by Ranger Smith to one of childhood’s favorite bears — Yogi — but it still holds true today. We may not realize it when we put our garbage out at night that the can is among places where ...

A capital campaign to fill the plates of food insecure

Officials of the New Love Center gathered recently in Avis to cut the ribbon on a new distribution, food pantry and fresh food pharmacy building. The new facility brings together multiple programs under one roof to serve the needs of different populations who are food insecure. Six years ...

A simple solution to a danger lurking in medicine cabinet

Saturday, Oct. 24, is National Drug Take Back Day. Since its inception in 2010, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative has allowed state law enforcement agencies to collect more than 12 million pounds of unused or expired prescription medications. Last year, more than 75,000 ...

Libraries essential to our communities as is their funding

Just as with the small business community, many of our local institutions and agencies continue to struggle amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently we heard the plight of the James V. Brown Library, which faces level funding from the county this year but the potential for a ...

A trillion here, a trillion there, and soon a catastrophe

It is doubtful the late Sen. Everett Dirksen, R-Ill., would have foreseen a time when a bit of sarcasm attributed to him would become obsolete. Sometime during the 1960s, it is said, Dirksen warned against apathy regarding the national debt by commenting, “A billion here and a billion ...

Distribution plan for vaccine must be hashed out

We Americans, collectively, were not ready for the coronavirus epidemic. We ought to be ready for the recovery. It will begin when a vaccine against COVID-19 becomes available. Though a timeline for that is uncertain, it appears safe, effective vaccines will be available early next year. ...

A coalition with far reach targeting sexual predators

Among the very worst evils in our world is sexual abuse of children. But many of the predators engaged in it have an enemy powerful enough to strike fear in them. Operating far enough under the radar that we doubt many people have heard of it, an organization in Boca Raton, Florida, has a ...

A huge ‘thanks’ to everyone for hospital reopening

When fire broke out at UPMC Lock Haven Hospital, the health system was actually investing in upgrading the facility by closing off an old boiler room. The fire that resulted, reportedly from a chemical reaction, filled segments of the hospital with heavy smoke and odor. Thus, the hospital had ...

Jersey Shore fun a good distraction from life’s stressors

Let’s all go roll a pumpkin. That’s what the kids did over the weekend in Jersey Shore, where an inaugural pumpkin rolling contest was a highlight of Autumn at the Shore. The fun fall festivity was hosted by Jersey Shore Town Meeting, which had to cancel its annual July celebration this ...

Jean Staiman — An extraordinary community giant

A community giant. That’s one way that the late Jean Rita Staiman is being remembered. The wife of Marvin Staiman, she stood by her husband for more than 75 years. Together the couple provided an extraordinary example of commitment and a vital force for good in our community. Indeed, ...