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Editorials

Plight of foster youths complicated during pandemic

What have we been missing during the pandemic this past year? Is it the children in our communities who are most at risk? A recent report shined some light on the impact of the pandemic on the availability of foster parents. The number of people willing to take in a foster child reportedly ...

Remote learning melting snow days, at least for now

There will be no snow days this winter for students in the Williamsport Area School District, where remote learning has allowed them to continue their post-holiday education uninterrupted. As we see it, that’s good news, particularly when you listen to the reasoning of district ...

Return the power to make decisions to business owners

Has the time come to reopen our businesses and remove restrictions on their operations? At this stage of the pandemic, we believe owners and operators of private enterprise have become educated enough and have sacrificed enough to make well-informed decisions about whether to fully reopen, ...

Justice should not be put on hold by ‘human error’

Falling back on “human error” is cold comfort to some victims of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania who must now wait at least another two years before they can pursue legal cases. But that seems the best officials can come up with as they try to explain how a proposed state constitutional ...

Justice should not be put on hold by ‘human error’

Falling back on “human error” is cold comfort to some victims of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania who must now wait at least another two years before they can pursue legal cases. But that seems the best officials can come up with as they try to explain how a proposed state constitutional ...

Pa.’s vaccine rank not acceptable; time to call in National Guard

Is it time to call in the National Guard? We believe the answer is an emphatic YES. As we turn the calendar page to February, Pennsylvania was ranked either 49th or 44th — depending on which report you read — among the 50 states for administering the coronavirus vaccine doses it had ...

Decisions about farmland uses should be local

Legislation to limit how much a local government can restrict new activities on old farmland has received little action in past legislative sessions. It should receive little action this year too. Rep. Todd Polinchock, R-Bucks, has introduced House Bill 216 to keep local governments from ...

‘Amazing’ gift boosts Bookmobile $500,000 campaign

We’re not quite sure who to thank here, but whoever you are, you need to know how much we appreciate your gift. We’re sure you already know the value to the community that will come from your $250,000 donation toward the Bookmobile campaign at the James V. Brown Library. Said to be the ...

Much work awaits incoming VA chief once confirmed

Denis McDonough, President Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, sailed through his confirmation hearing and is expected to be confirmed in early February. He has his work cut out if he is to restore trust in the agency and do right by the men and women who have served our ...

Opiods pushers who knew dangers deserve no leniency

It seems difficult at times to keep up with all of the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report released this past ...

Time to reform election laws in Pennsylvania

We agree with Forrest Lehman, director of Lycoming County Voter Services, that it’s time to clear up the confusion that came about during the 2020 election year. Nobody could have foretold that a global pandemic would shut down our normal comings and goings, but it did. In the midst of ...

A guiding force worthy of praise as it hits milestone

A year of prayer — something we can get behind — is planned as part of the 75th anniversary celebration this year of United Churches of Lycoming County. We believe prayer is needed now in a big way as our society continues to navigate its way through the public health crisis that is ...

‘Here comes the sun’

It is encouraging to hear that a large field of solar panels to produce electricity is being planned in our area. If you missed it, Apex Clean Energy of Charlottesville, Va., intends to build a field of utility grade solar panels on 1,500 acres in rural East and West Keating townships in ...

A gift the entire community will get to enjoy

It’s a creation of beauty, a priceless piece of artwork by Severin Roesen. Roesen, an artist active in Williamsport during its heyday as a lumber capital, is known for his still life paintings of fruits and flowers, sometimes with a bird’s next tucked in somewhere, often with a beer glass ...

PATIENCE key to getting vaccine; local plan essential

Patience is a difficult emotion to manage, but it is what will be needed as we await a widespread distribution plan for the coronavirus. It is an essential next element. It’s difficult, though, when the climbing death count hits ever closer to home. Who hasn’t wondered, with deaths ...

Storm water runoff

As everyone in South Williamsport and DuBoistown knows, we have been paying the storm water runoff fees at half the total assessment because of the pandemic. In January, they went to the full amount, even though the pandemic continues to impact the whole state more than ever. For people on a ...

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 ...