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Editorials

Inexcusable impact on nursing homes should we slip

About 40 percent of the more than 153,000 Americans killed by COVID-19 have been residents of nursing homes. Somehow, despite knowing older people with pre-existing health conditions are most vulnerable to the virus, we as a nation allowed that to happen. Many of the deaths occurred during ...

Nothing ‘odd’ — just honorable — about this group

They may be called Odd Fellows, but they are anything but odd. Unless, of course, you consider the act of helping everyday people “odd.” That may be where the name comes from, according to Justin Bailey, grand secretary of the state’s Order of Odd Fellows group, but it’s only one of ...

OM participants overcome unique challenge this year

We are always pleased to see local students competing in the annual Odyssey of the Mind competition and to watch as many teams advance from the regional to the state tournament. Competition day is always — or at least before this year always has been — bustling with activity, with dozens ...

Red Cross could use your help with life-saving blood

As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, the American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency shortage of convalescent plasma. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. It contains antibodies that may help patients actively ...

A milestone worthy of our attention

And so it happens, one step at a time. Over and over again. Until one day David Anderson of Loyalsock Township reached a milestone — he had run 10,000 miles. In 2015, Anderson recorded 826 miles. After that, he just kept running, including 5Ks and a marathon in Harrisburg. He says he runs ...

New relief package will be necessary for many reasons

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...

Post-paid voting plus compensation should be mandated

Of all the irrational debates Americans should be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported about a week ago takes the cake. Beyond any doubt, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by ...

BUILD grant would further connect region via bike trails

An ambitious project attached to the Pine Creek Rail Trail appears promising. So does a partnership among three counties — Lycoming, Clinton and Tioga — aimed at obtaining a $23.3 million federal grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The entire project is estimated to cost $28.5 ...

Vatican guidance makes reporting abuse mandatory

Pope Francis is telling Roman Catholic leaders they must do what most people — including the overwhelming majority of the church’s faithful — would do without being told: report cases of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults to the police. A long awaited manual of guidance from ...

LHU, Mansfield University alliance will bring pain, but also gain

While we are sad to see the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education launch a study into essentially unifying Lock Haven and Mansfield Universities under one budget, one president, one faculty and a combined array of degrees, it is not surprising. Not in the current environment brought ...

Public health agencies worthy of extra support

It appears some villains in the insect world may owe the COVID-19 virus a debt of gratitude. The coronavirus has distracted public attention from them — and siphoned off public health resources. Mosquito control is a task normally undertaken by about half the public health departments in ...

Access to adapted vehicles essential for wounded vets

Some of the men and women who serve us in uniform suffer wounds or other injuries that lead to a lifetime of sacrifice for us. In return, taxpayers help the most severely affected purchase specially adapted motor vehicles — once. U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, ...

Misperceptions must be priority in police discussion

Leave aside the political correctness that has resulted in universal condemnation of all law enforcement personnel, for a moment. In the interest of saving lives, let us return at least briefly to using our common sense. As The Associated Press reports, a significant number of officers, ...

Time to overcome our weariness with resolve to stay safe

Gov. Wolf delivered more tough news this week. “During the past week, we have seen an unsettling climb in new COVID-19 cases,” Gov. Wolf said. “When we hit our peak on April 9, we had nearly 2,000 new cases that day ... Medical experts looking at the trajectory we are on now are ...

Today we pause in remembrance of 21 lives lost

Today we remember. In all, 24 years have passed since that fateful day, one of the worst in our area’s history. On that day, children of the community perished in an instant. On that day, the community was brought to its knees by our collective grief over this tragedy. It was the day ...

Oversight of PPP essential to guard against wrongdoing

What some have described as a “citizen legislature” approach to governance in the United States means that the overwhelming majority of members of Congress have private business interests. Inevitably, some of what they do affects their personal finances. Quite a few of them have benefited ...

Letter tells of love of family, intention to protect from evil

Much of the public’s attention to law enforcement personnel during recent weeks has focused on the tiny minority of them who deserve to be called “bad cops.” The enormous number of good officers, deputies, troopers and agents ought to be remembered, too. One of them is Toledo, Ohio, ...

‘Emergency’ riot gear expenditure leaves questions

We’re curious as to why the Lycoming County commissioners, on such short notice, would approve spending $122,000 on “emergency” riot gear and equipment for law enforcement agencies. The 2-1 vote this past week followed a lengthy discussion on the need for a strong police presence for a ...

Save rebellious spirit for when your liberties are in real jeopardy

We Americans are fiercely protective of our personal liberties. So when the government tells us to do something, we tend to resist. Such is the case with the mask-wearing mandate, one of the protocols put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While many people have been adhering to ...

Consequences of state fireworks law difficult to live with

People in the area of the Hughesville Fairgrounds this past Saturday were treated to a spectacular fireworks display made even more special by the presence of a nearly full moon. The 25th annual Set the Night to Music Fireworks Extravaganza put on by Backyard Broadcasting provided a safe and ...