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Editorials

School boards deserve respect for tax decisions

This week brought a glimmer of positive news from some of our local school boards, including Williamsport Area, Montgomery and Muncy. Though things could change between now and final passage of school budgets by June 30, at least two districts so far have decided to try to hold the line and ...

Police officers, firefighters not to be forgotten

Hospital personnel such as nurses and doctors, ambulance crews and other full-time health care professionals are viewed by many Americans as the front-line heroines and heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent episode reminds us that first responders such as police officers and firefighters ...

Wolf just doesn’t see (green) light

On a day that Gov. Tom Wolf called counties “cowardly” for planning to defy his lockdown orders, his administration demonstrated exactly why Pennsylvanians have doubts about his administration’s leadership. In a recent briefing, Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine was asked about ...

Insider trading allegations merit full investigation

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

Adequate national medical stockpile logical way to go

As the coronavirus epidemic hit full stride, Americans learned to our dismay that the nation lacked adequate supplies of COVID-19 test kits, personal protective gear such as face masks, medical ventilators and other necessities for dealing with a massive health care emergency. To their ...

Wolf administration not as transparent as governor pledged

The administration of Gov. Tom Wolf has, to a large extent, ignored the press and the state Legislature throughout the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration as information was requested on what criteria, data and processes were being used in its decision-making and policy formation. This is just ...

An alarming rise in the suicide rate reason for concern

As we gradually reopen in the new normal world of COVID-19, there will be much to sort out. Continued adherence to safety rules that we have learned in the past two months is of paramount importance now as our society boldly walks out of isolation and slowly gets back to business. And it is ...

August will not be the same without 2020 World Series

August will produce a silence that will echo around the world. There will be no youngsters arriving on airplanes from distant lands. There will be no dreams to chase on baseball diamonds in a few short months. Nobody will become champion of a 2020 Little League World Series. The ...

Factory farming rethinking in order in light of pandemic

Hundreds of thousands of hogs raised by farmers to provide Americans with ham, bacon and other meat products will not make it to the slaughterhouse unless ways are found to cure a nasty side-effect of COVID-19. It is that a number of meat processing plants have been shut down because of the ...

This is the start of the next chapter of local journalism

You may think you are reading the final Sunday edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and to a degree, you are correct. This is the final Sunday in which a multiple-section edition of this newspaper, complete with circulars and coupons, arrives on the doorstep of subscribers. But this is ...

Space exploration adventure to boost spirits nationwide

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its toll on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirits a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts into ...

Remember, yellow normally does not mean it’s safe to ‘go’

A yellow traffic light typically does not mean “proceed with caution.” Typically, it means slow down. A red light is coming. But today, we get the yellow light that signals an ability for life to get moving again — with extreme caution. Today most counties in our region enter the ...

Census response rate shows region only half counted

More than a month into the 2020 census, many people have yet to respond. As of Wednesday, 56.8 percent of households nationwide had responded, and just a bit more, 59.1 percent, of Pennsylvania households had responded. In Lycoming County, 59 percent had responded, while in Williamsport ...

Investing in tablets and laptops a wise decision for future

Virtual learning for every student is the goal of a $366,480 investment into laptops and electronic tablets in the Montoursville Area School District. That sounds like a lot of money for a district that not long ago was in financial turmoil and board upheaval over an expensive high school ...

Pandemic makes case for lessening FDA obstacles

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. On Friday, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency ...

Sight of orange today may be welcome vision

Did you ever think you ever would be happy to see the orange cones return to area highways? Well, get ready as this week they should be back. The state Department of Transportation has indicated that it will resume activities related to a host of highway projects this week. The city street ...

Stimulus dollars could help local eateries, workers

Among the loveliest of developments in recent years has been our local restaurant scene. We’re not talking about the chain restaurants that have popped up in certain areas, but the locally owned food and drink establishments that specialize in their craft, whether it be a fine dining ...

Americans — when we can, we help others in need

We Americans have paid a high price for not stockpiling enough medical equipment and personal protective devices to cope with the COVID-19 onslaught. As of Friday, more than 62,000 people had died in this country from the coronavirus. But here, some states seem to have begun flattening that ...

Bailing out pensions not the way to go during pandemic

Within a month, the national debt was increased by more than 10 percent by enacting about $2.7 trillion in bailouts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. American families, businesses, hospitals and local and state governments are among the beneficiaries. That is entirely appropriate. The ...