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Editorials

Scarcity of some drugs manufactured in China spotlights a weakness

Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Recently, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Privacy concerns about census data may impede count

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the U.S. ...

Character-building organizations too valuable to cast aside

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the scouts became victims of the adults they and ...

If justice stops short after Weinstein, what will stop others?

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. This past week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March ...

Hub at Charlotte a solid next step for local airport

Ever want to fly west from Williamsport? In recent years, that has meant first flying east to Philadelphia, then south to a hub in Charlotte, North Carolina, then west. Want to fly south? Again, east to Philadelphia, then south, maybe through Charlotte or maybe to another destination. A ...

A true American giant set example that will live on

Though she lived an incredibly full 101 years, the death of Katherine Johnson came as a bit of a surprise — and some sadness. Giants like her seem as though they will be with us forever. And Johnson was, truly, an American giant. Despite all of the challenges that came with being born a ...

Chamber’s Grow Lycoming project offers hope

Congratulations to three businesses that were honored recently by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the chamber honors member businesses for the good work they do and the contributions they make to the local economy. This year was no exception with awards given in ...

Dental Hygiene Clinic a win-win

Meteorological spring starts Sunday, and the sunny days of the season are sure to make many a person smile. So why not schedule a dental cleaning to really show off those pearly whites? The Dental Hygiene Clinic at Pennsylvania College of Technology offers a valuable service to the community ...

A lesson about political power

Political controversy is seen by some people not burdened by consciences solely as an opportunity for fame and fortune. It seems attorney Michael Avenatti belongs in that category. Avenatti’s big chance came when the California attorney latched onto a prized client: Stephanie Clifford, more ...

Investing more in students is what matters

“The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.” — Education clause in the Pennsylvania Constitution This clause from the Pennsylvania Constitution serves as a reminder of ...

Racism’s ugly stain difficult to remove from societal fabric

There was a time when a nasty note sent from student to student might be intercepted by a teacher and appropriate action taken. Nobody but those involved would see it. But this is 2020. Social media rules a student population raised on technology. Jersey Shore Area School District recently ...

Answer to burning question reveals level of dislike

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...

Applause for White Deer, Billy Casper for turning around public golf course

Officials and staff at the White Deer Golf Course are to be commended after finishing 2019 in the black after years of ending with a deficit. Much credit is due to Billy Casper Golf, which took over management of the county asset in 2017. That year, the deficit was $93,942. By 2018, Billy ...

Let’s hope Census does not become electronic fiasco

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

After 20 years, alliance still places safety over politics

A logical answer to manpower and response time concerns. That is just the start of what was realized two decades ago when the city and Old Lycoming Township entered into a firefighting alliance that involved shared resources. The alliance was formed a few years after the city closed a fire ...

SROs wear many hats in modern school setting

They’re educators. They’re mentors and informal counselors. And, yes, they are law enforcement officers too. The roles school resource officers (SROs) take on were highlighted during a recent training organized by Intermediate Unit 17 on behalf of many districts within its boundaries ...

Time for fishermen to weigh in on next state Trout Plan

We often hear community officials, notably police, asking the public to be their eyes and ears. We recently heard that type of plea from another segment of the community — the state Fish and Boat Commission. Timothy Schaeffer, the commission’s executive director, recently went to the ...

Law enforcement needs to know we are on their side

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

International cyber war a new reality to take seriously

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

Vaccines offer level of protection — why take chances?

We’ve written much about getting an annual flu shot, which protects not just the individual but the community that may otherwise spread and incubate disease. We’ve written much about new and emerging diseases that have deadly consequences, the most recent being the coronavirus that has ...