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Educating globally with hope

At Lock Haven University, we utilize web conferencing as a tool in a student’s education. An advantage of this modality is the ability to interface with the world. During the pandemic it has been challenging to provide international education due to travel restrictions. Through the ...

Here’s an idea: Make hazard pay permanent

Gov. Tom Wolf’s fall legislative recommendation to provide over $250 million to raise the pay of frontline workers by $3 an hour is a wise proposal. It will bring temporary relief to historically underpaid and underappreciated frontline workers for the tasks and risks they undertake to ...

Exodus from New York City hints at bleak future

So there is this 45-year college friend in North Carolina. We were catching up by phone recently and he told me about his brother, who owns this property in Wilmington and is thinking of selling. When’s the best time to sell, his brother asked his Realtor. Anytime, the Realtor told him, ...

Legalization of marijuana?

As executive director of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association and a former member of the state Department of Health Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, I would like to express my concerns, and those of many of our membership, about the legalization of marijuana and the relative effects ...

More on masks

I received some interesting responses to my July 27 guest editorial, “We all need to be more tolerant about masks.” Most responders seemed to understand the main points I was trying to make – that there are reasons why some people choose not to wear masks – such as conflicting messages ...

Lawsuits and other scary bedtime stories

There are those who are trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 disease in all kinds of creative ways. Some are the ordinary scam artists, promising instant cures or protection from the flu-like symptoms. Still others pedal stories about a dam ready to burst with a flood of lawsuits. Those who ...

Make Pennsylvania the Keystone State again

As Sen. Gene Yaw represents a district where humanity’s role in climate change is often unaccepted, his declaration in these pages, “the goal of addressing climate change is desirable,” is a welcome starting point to a dialogue. Numerous economic realities join those of science backing ...

An open letter to all Pennsylvanians

Gov. Tom Wolf is unlawfully scheming to circumvent the Pennsylvania General Assembly and, by his own estimates, impose a $2.36 billion tax on fossil fuel-fired electric generation plants in Pennsylvania over the next 10 years. Governor Wolf’s goal is for Pennsylvania to join the 10-state ...

When history’s balance is replaced by indoctrination, chaos happens

We all want this to stop, right? The nightly riots in Portland, with programmed destruction having nothing to do with racial injustice. The daily murders in Chicago and New York, including random shootings of young children. The politicized debates over police defunding and the worthiness ...

Election ready 2020

This fall’s presidential election is coming up quickly, and during every day leading up to Nov. 3, Pennsylvania’s county leaders and election officials are hard at work preparing to administer an impartial and accurate election. And what’s top of mind for them? Making sure that voters can ...

Electric bill help is only a click or call away

Times are tough. And we want you to know our commitment to customers goes far beyond keeping your lights on. As 2020 dawned eight months ago, no one could have imagined the difficulties we now face because of the coronavirus pandemic. The crisis is far from over. Financial challenges ...

Who really pays federal income tax?

As the 2020 election season approaches, we are certain to hear arguments about our federal income tax. Conservatives will complain that our citizens are over-taxed. Progressives will complain about “tax cuts for the rich.” Any proposal for change will likely be long on rhetoric, and short ...

Is ‘green’ energy really ‘clean’ energy?

I recently read a commentary titled “Threat of Fossil Fuels.” This is one of many pieces I have seen in which the authors cite the use of fossil fuels as a detriment to our environment. Of course, these articles fail to reference clean coal technologies or the fact that as Pennsylvania’s ...

Voting by mail is chaos by mail

You are standing on a hill that overlooks a busy, traffic-signal intersection. The lights are changing. The motorist receiving the green light hits the gas the millisecond they see green. The motorist receiving the red light decides they have an extra second to work with and is speeding ...

What was the Fourth of July to the abolition movement in America?

In an extremely moving video that went viral on Fourth of July weekend, the descendants of Frederick Douglass, the former slave who became a forceful leader of the abolition movement in the 19th century, recited his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Appreciation of ...

Pandemic may be making headlines, but opioid addiction continues to take lives

The COVID-19 pandemic had temporarily severed the production and the supply chains for fentanyl — much of the fentanyl was produced in Wuhan, China. However, fentanyl is still sold online and supplied by Mexican drug cartels, although the pandemic has made it difficult for illegal producers ...

Strengthening town-gown relationships during COVID-19

An academic year like no other begins soon at Williamsport’s two colleges. Pennsylvania College of Technology will resume in-person instruction when its Fall 2020 semester launches Aug. 17. Across town at Lycoming College, which similarly intends to deliver in-person education to new and ...

Exploring the reaches of the First Amendment

Should the First Amendment really permit neo-Nazis to come to Williamsport and yell through a bullhorn “F*** your n***** mayor?” When I heard the words replayed on a Facebook post, I was more livid than if I read it in a magazine or newspaper. I had difficulty sleeping that night to ...

A victory for government transparency

One of the biggest frustrations we have faced during this pandemic is a lack of effective communication from the Wolf administration. The orders issued by the governor and the secretary of Health have been life-changing for families, employees and business owners, and they have left many ...