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Opinion

Access to adapted vehicles essential for wounded vets

Editorials

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, ...

Beating COVID-19 is a team effort — our masks are our jerseys

Opinion

More than 130,000 lives have been lost in the United States as a result of COVID-19. In Pennsylvania we’ have had more than 96,000 people contract COVID-19. Tragically, close to 7,000 have died. We’ve watched Pennsylvania’s case count begin to rise once again — enough so that we are ...

Misperceptions must be priority in police discussion

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

Mailing it in is a recipe for voting chaos

Opinion

We walked into the voting precinct, gave poll workers our names, showed our identification, signed our names on the roll, filled out ballots and watched the volunteer scan them while explaining how they would be counted and safeguards against a scanning error. We left certain our votes would ...

It’s time for state lawmakers, Gov. Wolf to fund COVID-19 testing

Opinion

As Pennsylvanians begin to enjoy warm summer days, thousands of older adults living in nursing homes, personal care, and assisted living cannot leave their facilities or receive visits from their loved ones. This has been the reality for many older adults since our commonwealth entered into ...

Today we pause in remembrance of 21 lives lost

Editorials

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 ...

In this life or never

Other Commentaries

Mankind is flawed in so many ways. We all have made many mistakes throughout our own personal existence, we either did something or said something that we really regretted. If we did not regret what we said or did, then we are not flawed once but twice. We all have made many allies and many ...

Oversight of PPP essential to guard against wrongdoing

Editorials

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

Editorials

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

Editorials

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 ...

Law enforcement defunding

Opinion

Defunding or re-appropriating law enforcement funding is an impulsive, counterproductive approach to addressing issues that require a systemic set of solutions. “Defunding police” means something different to everyone, but the common theme involves cutting funding from police department ...

Consequences of state fireworks law difficult to live with

Editorials

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 ...

Protesting the statues

Opinion

Protesting statutes based upon the life and works of those honored has become all the rage today. One particular toppling was that of Ulysses S. Grant. I am currently reading Ron Chernow’s book about Grant. Chernow wrote the great treatise on Alexander Hamilton which was made into a ...

Prices paid to dairy farmers are a disaster

Opinion

One more time, dairy farmers thought their pay price would really rebound when they were told the Class III price (used to make cheese) for June was going to be $21.04 per cwt. (hundred pounds). If all milk was priced correctly, then the $21.04 would be great news. However, even though the ...

Feed the mind with a good book

Editorials

Looking for a way to get your mind off of all of the negativity of late? Do you need to escape the frustration of self-isolation during the pandemic? Are the kids climbing the walls without enough to do this summer? We suggest taking a dive into a good book, and there’s no need to spend a ...

Who you gonna call? Parks and Rec!

Opinion

It’s as predictable as gaping baby birds and late-winter potholes, all crying to be filled. Come budget time, municipal park and recreation services perennially want for funding. In a 2017 national study conducted by Penn State University, researchers found that 83 percent of local ...

Virus billing worth keeping tabs on

Editorials

Many people beset with high — and increasing — health-insurance premiums have little sympathy for the business challenges faced by insurance companies. That’s human nature, and that attitude/viewpoint is not likely to change. But a coronavirus-testing billing situation uncovered by ...

A single season of baseball may be small sacrifice

Editorials

We suspected this would happen. Now it’s official. The Crosscutters will not play this summer at Bowman Field. “This is the epiphany and realization of where we are. And in a practical sense, it was the only thing to do,” said Pat O’Conner, Minor League Baseball president and CEO, in ...