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Opinion

If you smoke

Letters

Quit now, while you still can. I smoked for years when younger and never suffered any ill effects. Now at 66 my life is not at all what I expected it to be. I am no longer able to enjoy the things I used to, X-Country skiing, riding my bike, walking my dog, gardening. Even bathing and getting ...

Point Man Up

Letters

Why does a homeowner have a U.S. flag hanging on their front porch? Is he a veteran, perhaps has a family member in the military? Is the flag moving because the wind blows it, or could it come from the last breath of a soldier or sailor who died protecting it? Most veterans understand. What ...

Unfair tax

Letters

The $35 “tax,” yes, tax, we Lycoming County residents have to pay every time we get our cars inspected, in the name of the “environment,” is about as silly and unfair as any I’ve ever experienced. How much longer do we have to put up with a charge that pertains to us, in this ...

Vote No to ballot questions

Letters

Would you trust a group of 253 politicians to act quickly? When lives are at stake, will there be time for the PA General Assembly to call a meeting, have political debates, and maybe take action? Have you ever seen our General Assembly act quickly? Two of the ballot questions would ...

Bad news, good news and confusion

Letters

I guess I’ll do the bad news first. I have written Congressman Keller numerous times but all I receive back are autoreplies. Nothing from the Congressman himself. I thought transparency was the name of the game when running for any political office, but I guess once elected, that must fall by ...

I don’t understand

Letters

My wife gets tired of me saying, “I don’t understand this” or “I don’t understand that.” Most recently I don’t understand why political parties just don’t do what is best for our country, the United Stated of America, or our state of Pennsylvania. It is just a battle of blue ...

Opportunities abound, but where are the candidates?

Editorials

“There are a lot of jobs out there.” So said Sharon Jones, who coordinated the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s recent Job Fair at Liberty Arena in downtown Williamsport. The question is, “Who wants them?” Or maybe, “Who’s ready to roll up their sleeves and get ...

High gas prices

Letters

I was amused by the April 1 letter, “Who’s really to blame for high gas prices?” The writer quotes oil currently at $38.06 per barrel. On Page A9 of the same newspaper, your “Business/Markets” page quotes crude oil at $59.16 per barrel. Which is correct? She attributes higher gas ...

Unfathomable government intrusion

Editorials

For our society to fully return to normal, it’s going to take wide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. But a condition of returning to normal cannot be forcing people to have so-called “vaccine passports” to attend gatherings, fly on airplanes or do many other things. Thankfully ...

Stimulus

Letters

Dear fellow Pennsylvanians: As you spend your $1,400 per person to catch up on bills, or perhaps are able to add it to your savings, or toward a down payment on a home, as you receive the cash tax credit that is expected to lift half of our children living in poverty out, if you are on ...

Public facilities accessible for all should be the goal

Editorials

“The goal of the accessibility advisory commission is to create a more inclusive Williamsport by ensuring that all residents have access to programs and properties.” That’s a draft mission statement for the city’s new Accessibility Advisory Commission, created in the past year by City ...

Rip off

Letters

So one decides to go in business, they have been in business, pandemic hits, who do the businesses pass their loss on to? You guessed it, us. Why do they see fit to rip us off? It is your business, you took the gamble. Those crazy enough to continue to support this slap in the face, so be it I ...

Where were you then?

Letters

In response to retired state Rep. Garth Everett’s letter to the editor on March 13, where were you on March 9, 2020, when Wolf locked down the State of Pennsylvania? Why didn’t you speak up then, when it would have meant something? Why didn’t your fellow Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) ...

A feast of hope a necessity during this difficult time

Editorials

A slow evolution toward the way Easter was celebrated around the world pre-pandemic is occurring this weekend as Christians here and beyond commemorate Jesus Christ’s victory over death but also try to abide by recommended COVID-19 safety measures. Last Easter was a virtual lockdown with most ...

Immunity for the community: How to find your COVID vaccine

Opinion

The public wants to know how to find appointments for getting immunized against COVID-19. With a majority of Americans eager to be vaccinated, we are cautiously hopeful this long pandemic will end. Significantly more vaccine doses are being manufactured and distributed free to all adults, no ...

One Solitary Life

Letters

The following is “One Solitary Life,” attributed to James Francis as part of a sermon that he delivered on July 11, 1926: “He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in still another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was 30. “He ...

Now more than ever, support Pennsylvania farmers

Opinion

It is really hard to believe that in two months I will place my Lycoming County Dairy Princess crown and sash in my memories box, on the shelf. My heart and life are full of new friendships, countless memories, thousands of miles traveled and many worn masks from this past year! I have been ...

Congratulations Loyalsock Lancers and Coach Insinger

Letters

As alumni of Loyalsock Township High School, we would like to congratulate the 2020-21 Lancer Basketball Team and Coach Insinger on their recent PIAA AAA State Basketball Championship! We were able to watch the championship game by streaming it through PCN and we cheered with pride as we ...

Reclaiming STEM education

Opinion

STEM — the acronym coined by the National Science Foundation two decades ago to mean “science, technology, engineering and mathematics” — has become commonplace in education. Schools aim to ensure K-12 students receive solid STEM programming. STEM Days connect kids to fun science, ...

Understanding ‘social costs’

Letters

Twelve states have filed a lawsuit fighting President Biden’s executive orders on climate change, arguing that his administration doesn’t have authority to establish the “social costs” of greenhouse gases to be used in federal rule-making. The 12 Republican-led states championing ...