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Editorials

Those who capitalize on human misery should be rooted out

Evil never allows a good crisis to go to waste. So it is with the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. Already, U.S. Customs agents have seized a shipment of counterfeit COVID-19 test kits, shipped to Los Angeles International Airport from the United Kingdom. Someone decided to make a killing — ...

Motorists — and PennDOT — need to slow down on 220

“Slow down.” We believe many motorists traveling Route 220 between the city and Jersey Shore need to ease off the gas. But try telling that to somebody who is in a hurry to get somewhere. Try telling that to somebody who believes it’s their right to drive faster than the posted ...

Will coronavirus wake us up to peril of emerging threat?

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

Our heroes, our feeders, caring for our children

Our hearts are touched this morning by the sight of firefighters preparing sandwiches for school children who are waiting out the COVID-19 virus at home. We have long viewed firefighters as heroes. We have long heard of firefighters making meals to feed the whole firehouse while standing ...

Conquer your fear and join the fight against COVID-19

“I know the next few weeks will be challenging. There is no reason to be fearful, or to panic, but we need to take this disease seriously. Please, stay home. Make as few in-person contacts as you can.” So said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf this week as he announced directives aimed at ...

Be smart, be compassionate, above all, be well!

It is easy, right now, to get a little caught up in the anxiety that comes with the official effort to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. Certainly no one could be blamed for indulging in a little worry. But once we’ve got that out of our system, life is going to look very different for ...

Package among most important conservation, rec plans in years

Most presidents seem eager to nail down their conservation credentials by creating new national parks, forests and monuments. The trouble is, we have not done a good job in maintaining what we have already. Give President Donald Trump credit, then, for seeing the light on conservation. Kudos ...

A week to celebrate government of, by and for the people

Let the sunshine in. Throw open the shades. Let the people see clearly inside the halls of government. Today marks the start of Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide observance of the news media in the interest of government transparency. Let’s face it, it’s never been easy to gain ...

On investments amid coronavirus, this, too, shall pass

If the booming stock market during the past couple of years has prompted you to consider whether your 401K will permit early retirement, forget it. Stocks, and thus pension funds on which many Americans rely, have taken a beating during the past month. How bad is it? During the month that ...

Keep the blood supply strong with a donation

COVID-19 has become a danger to a significant number of people who will never contract the disease. They are those suffering from illnesses or injuries that require them to receive blood transfusions. The local chapter of the American Red Cross, already impacted by cold and flu season, needs ...

Education officials correct to make contingency plans

COVID-19 — the coronavirus — has brought everyday life in large areas of China to a near standstill. Schools and factories are closed. The same goes for many other businesses, including retail outlets. As the virus has spread, other areas have been affected similarly, though not to the ...

New Work Search Contempt Court has great potential

It’s called Work Search Contempt Court, and its clientele consists of parents who skip out on making child support payments. This represents a new approach to an old dilemma — dealing with non-custodial parents who are more interested in themselves than the welfare of their children. It ...

Annual Education Celebration a night of inspiration, hope

Inspired. Impressed. Hopeful. If we had to wrap this year’s Education Celebration of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce into just three words, those would be our picks. We heard messages of inspiration as alumni and business award recipients accepted their honors, and we were ...

Good news, tragic news and offensive news on our roads

The good news is that fatalities from drunken drivers was down in 2019 to their lowest point since officials began keeping numbers. The tragic news is that five people died in crashes caused by drunken driving this past year in Lycoming County, while 50 people died in the local district of ...

Partnerships worth the effort to protect levee

The funding pieces are coming into place, through the efforts of many people at different levels of government, for the reconstruction of the city’s levee. That is good news for residents whose homes have been protected by the levee for more than half a century. And it is important news for ...

It is up to people of Afghanistan to resist old regime

A peace agreement signed recently between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

Using coupons dishonestly is not a victimless crime

When news of a Pittsburgh-area supermarket owner being charged with theft by deception over coupons surfaced, we were likely less surprised than most. For those who don’t know, the owner of four Shop ‘n Save locations in Allegheny County pocketed more than $300,000 by instructing his ...

No surprise, Lyco CTC wows state workforce leader

The state of Pennsylvania has 80 Career Technical Centers and one of them is the Lyco CTC in Hughesville, which Ruben Pachay, director of the state Bureau of Workforce Partnerships, recently visited. We are not surprised at what he said he observed — an elite example of what a Career ...

On investments, keep calm, carry on in pandemic

Many of us have little detailed, direct control over our investments, which are in 401K funds and other instruments through which we save money for retirement. But for those who can and do make regular decisions on how their money is invested, this past week has not been a pleasant one. One ...