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Editorials

Red tape must not delay safe vaccine

When will we have an effective, safe, vaccine against COVID-19? That depends. Federal public health officials who are in the know and without any political agendas have said deliveries of vaccine can be expected sometime in January. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services predicts ...

What passions will election stir? Are officials ready?

Unless the Nov 3 presidential election is decided decisively, one way or the other, there is a distinct possibility of civil unrest in some of the nation’s cities. Both federal law enforcement officials and their counterparts in some states recognize that and are taking steps to be prepared ...

Relaxing drive may be best way to treat COVID cabin fever

It has been seven months since Americans began locking down against COVID-19. Many have attempted to get back to “normal” by donning masks, washing hands more frequently and taking a step or two back sometimes, to maintain social distancing. But many others have remained cloistered at ...

Intentional harm to law enforcement counterproductive

By the end of September 2019, 30 U.S. law enforcement personnel had been killed while on duty. Thirty-seven have been killed this year. Non-fatal injuries have soared, too. It is not being inaccurate to note that many, probably most, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and other law ...

Three more homes on Habitat agenda will brighten city

There’s nothing like fresh construction projects to improve the outlook for an entire neighborhood. We love to see our neighbors sprucing up their homes. It boosts our feelings of well-being when we look around and see others care just as much about their properties as we do about ours. ...

Thumbing nose at federal judge smacks of ‘deep state’ arrogance

Knowing how many people live here in the United States is more than a matter of satisfying curiosity or writing books on demographics and geography. The Census conducted every decade has enormous ramifications. How about $1.5 trillion in federal funding is doled out to localities and states, ...

Suffering continues while awaiting next round of federal aid

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the national unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9 percent, down from 8.4 percent in August. In Pennsylvania, the unemployment rate had dropped to 10.3 percent in August, ...

Bipartisan debates commission would be wise to postpone

Were the COVID-19 virus to be a creature capable of thought, it would be easy now to accuse it of engaging in a plot aimed at American democracy. The most devious, evil schemer based in Moscow or Beijing could not come up with a more perfect storm leading up to the Nov. 3 election. With ...

Taylor’s family is right: The system failed her

Breonna Taylor’s family is right: The system failed her. She should be alive today, but she is not. It is too late to save Taylor, who died in a hail of bullets from three police officers in Louisville, Kentucky one night in March. It is not too late for law enforcement officials ...

This is not the time to become complacent

The Lycoming County Commissioners this week renewed the county’s disaster declaration as it relates to the coronavirus for another 90 days. While it allows the county to apply for emergency funding connected to COVID-19, it also signals the view that the coronavirus continues to be a ...

Election officials need ballot action from Legislature

A short ballot will greet voters here and across Pennsylvania on Nov. 3. Voters who go to the polls that day, as well as those who choose to make their selections by way of a mail-in or absentee ballot, will have little difficulty navigating the actual process of responsible ...

Attention needed to resolve Postal Service dilemma

Talk for months about how inefficiency and lax security in the U.S. Postal Service may affect the upcoming presidential election has had an unfortunate side-effect: It has distracted attention from the agency’s very real, deeply rooted dilemma. Any private company suffering as badly as the ...

Few people ‘get it’ when it comes to loss by homicide

Remembering those taken too soon — taken by homicide — a visually stunning and thought-provoking memorial was displayed during a National Day of Remembrance event for homicide victims Friday evening in Brandon Park. Intended to be interactive, organizers with Angel Families Unite posted ...

Fraudulent claims for unemployment doing great harm

It was to be expected that when Congress approved about $3 trillion in emergency aid to Americans hurt financially by the coronavirus epidemic, the criminal element would seize the opportunity for ill-gotten gains. Both as individuals and criminal organizations, they have been doing just that ...

Will dry conditions give new meaning to flaming foliage?

It’s been a dry summer with below-average precipitation. Consider the rainfall amounts for June, July and August, all below normal by a significant degree in Lycoming County. Other counties in our region similarly received less rainfall than normal. In Lycoming County, the National ...

Local government agencies will have tough decisions

“This is serious.” That’s the word from Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare in summing up the fiscal situation heading into 2021. So serious, he said, that cutting personnel to meet the budget has not been ruled out. While we do not like to hear about staff cuts, we also do ...

Clinical antibody provides reason for us to have hope

We are heartened to learn about the world-class science in our own backyard that is closing in on a clinical antibody that may prevent COVID-19 from attacking the body and also be capable of destroying the virus without side effects. UPMC Susquehanna officials shared their thoughts this week ...

Talks over another relief bill appear, sadly, to be stalled

Despite an effort by a bipartisan coalition of dozens of members of Congress, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer than a month ago. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is what appears to be a willingness to just let the issue go. At least there will be no ...

Another killer lurks on horizon of public health

Mention vaccines these days, and chances are the talk will be about when some protection against COVID-19 can be expected. Another killer is about to take the stage, however. “Regular” influenza — actually multiple viruses that vary in threat level, depending on the year — strikes ...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg provided model for standing up for what is right

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology ...