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Editorials

For the cause of peace and brotherhood

Looking back at events of the past year, we wondered, what would Martin Luther King Jr. say today on the day named in his honor? We found an answer in King’s April 16, 1963, “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” We wanted to offer the following passage for reflection: “We have waited for ...

Let peace be driving force

This weekend would be a good time for some soul searching. It also would be a good time to re-examine our priorities as a free society. Sure, our nation’s not perfect, but there’s ample opportunity to try new ways — peaceful ways respectful of the collection of ideas and opinions — ...

Habitat puts American dream within reach

There’s something to be said for picking up a hammer and going to town on a project, whether it’s putting together something simple or helping to build a home for a young family eager to have a piece of the American dream. That dream, for some, is enabled by Habitat for Humanity, which ...

Delayed project predictable, given ongoing pandemic

Cracked pavements. Bricks exposed beneath the street surface. Deep ruts that are the result of buried trolley car ties from a century ago. Some of that may be corrected, at least temporarily, when about a mile of Third Street between Mulberry Street and Seventh Avenue is resurfaced this ...

Education boss faces big test once confirmed

Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by the ...

State lawmakers have work cut out with next budget

Perhaps the most desired element of life of the past year has been a return to normalcy. We’ve heard it from just about everyone by now. So we look to our state leaders to guide us through to the other side. The year ahead will be critical — we must rebuild our economy. As the new ...

Most important positions to be settled this year

Anyone care to talk about elections? No, we’re not talking about the national debate. We’re talking about something far more local — opportunities for community service through public office at the local level. These are among our most important elected positions. Those elected ...

Recognizing those who protect us

How appropriate that we recognize law enforcement officers — and the rule of law — in the aftermath of Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol. Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, meant to recognize the men and women in blue for upholding the oath to protect and to ...

Violence in any form is not acceptable

Violence in any form is unacceptable. Objections to the results of the presidential election have inflamed many Americans to the extent that some resorted to violence and protests in our nation’s capital on Wednesday. Sadly, four people died in the chaos. Dozens were injured, including ...

A shining moment for St. John’s School of the Arts

Something to which we can look forward — the May 2022 celebration performance in honor of this year’s 25th anniversary of the St. John’s School of the Arts in the Newberry neighborhood of Williamsport. COVID-19 may be impacting operations at the school, but it has not stopped the ...

Commercial air service is back but true commitment is what area needs

Up, up and away — we’re supposed to be back in the air today at the Williamsport Regional Airport. Commercial flights at the airport here were grounded in October, not long after starting an exciting new service to Charlotte, North Carolina, that was intended to attract more local ...

Postal Service workers deserve credit; problems need addressing

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. The ...

Bipartisan path shows politics as art of compromise

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists ...

Gifts all around with Shop Vac’s exciting news

It was not one gift but two that was delivered to our area on Christmas Eve. The first gift came with the news that Shop Vac on Reach Road had been purchased and the new owner — GreatStar Tools USA — hoped to rehire former employees who lost their jobs in mid-September after a failed sale ...

Bless the first responders who rush in when others flee danger

Once again, we have been reminded of how courageously many law enforcement personnel react to their protect-and-serve mandate. On Christmas morning, a bomb exploded in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. It had been placed in a recreational vehicle. The perpetrator had placed a loudspeaker in it, ...

Hope inspired by warp-speed vaccine important in 2021

Distribution of millions of doses of vaccine effective against COVID-19 was no Christmas miracle. It happened only because many people at private drug companies worked hard and at top speed — encouraged by the federal government — to develop and test the vaccines. And they were released ...

Here’s to a safer, much healthier new year for all

Disastrous old year? Well, Happy New Year! The 365 days of 2020 are melting away, about to be gone forever. Will we wake up tomorrow in a brand new world, fresh and clean of the worst of the past? Or will the past continue to haunt us well into 2021? Some would say there are many things to ...

‘Content, surviving’ may have to do as this year ends

“Joyful and triumphant” may feel a little more like “content and surviving” for many area residents this holiday week, but given the year we as a state and nation have experienced, that is enough. Together we have, for nearly nine months, learned how to be a community in an entirely ...

Wolf’s fund to help businesses welcome, but too little too late

The sentiment is welcome. But it is much too little and much too late. That’s our reaction to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to spend $145 million in a worker’s compensation fund to help businesses cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The money would go out in the form of grants to ...

Errors in vaccine distribution process cannot be tolerated

Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected by residents and officials in many states will not be arriving as soon as we had been led to believe. After a few days of confusion — and finger pointing — about the shortfall, U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna fell on his sword a ...