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Opinion

Insider trading allegations merit full investigation

Editorials

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

We can reopen safely — now is not time to let up

Opinion

Social distancing is working. So is only leaving the house for essential trips, working from home and limitations on non-essential businesses. And as we think about gradually reopening components of our society and ramping up some of the clinical services in our hospitals and clinics, it will ...

Adequate national medical stockpile logical way to go

Editorials

As the coronavirus epidemic hit full stride, Americans learned to our dismay that the nation lacked adequate supplies of COVID-19 test kits, personal protective gear such as face masks, medical ventilators and other necessities for dealing with a massive health care emergency. To their ...

As state reopens, masking is essential

Opinion

As Pennsylvania reopens, counties will begin the transition from mitigation phase red to yellow and eventually green by gradually easing stay-at-home orders and restrictions. As this happens, we all need to consider how we can continue to do our part to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 in our ...

Wolf administration not as transparent as governor pledged

Editorials

The administration of Gov. Tom Wolf has, to a large extent, ignored the press and the state Legislature throughout the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration as information was requested on what criteria, data and processes were being used in its decision-making and policy formation. This is just ...

Hope — The one thing we surely need

Opinion

One of our presidents, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, famously and rightly pronounced, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” He was right then, and if he were alive today, I believe his words would again have great meaning and substance. Look, I’m as concerned as most people ...

Joseph L. Rider understood the value of a hard day’s work

Opinion

Joseph L. Rider, Esquire, died on May 3, 2020. Joe was a 57-year member of the Lycoming Law Association. He served as the Association’s President in 1977. The first time I heard the Rider name was when I came to Williamsport to work for Judge Muir. I often thought that Judge Muir only hired ...

An alarming rise in the suicide rate reason for concern

Editorials

As we gradually reopen in the new normal world of COVID-19, there will be much to sort out. Continued adherence to safety rules that we have learned in the past two months is of paramount importance now as our society boldly walks out of isolation and slowly gets back to business. And it is ...

Target and stop human trafficking

Opinion

Human trafficking is commonly thought of as a global human rights issue that disproportionately affects international migrants and impoverished people in developing countries. But the reality is that human trafficking affects individuals, families and communities all across the United States ...

August will not be the same without 2020 World Series

Editorials

August will produce a silence that will echo around the world. There will be no youngsters arriving on airplanes from distant lands. There will be no dreams to chase on baseball diamonds in a few short months. Nobody will become champion of a 2020 Little League World Series. The ...

Factory farming rethinking in order in light of pandemic

Editorials

Hundreds of thousands of hogs raised by farmers to provide Americans with ham, bacon and other meat products will not make it to the slaughterhouse unless ways are found to cure a nasty side-effect of COVID-19. It is that a number of meat processing plants have been shut down because of the ...

This is the start of the next chapter of local journalism

Editorials

You may think you are reading the final Sunday edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and to a degree, you are correct. This is the final Sunday in which a multiple-section edition of this newspaper, complete with circulars and coupons, arrives on the doorstep of subscribers. But this is ...

‘Believe the (political) science’

Opinion

It’s not an understatement to say every Pennsylvanian has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands have faced the virus itself, over a million children are not in school, and more than 1.5 million workers have lost their jobs as a result of Gov. Wolf’s shutdown. The governor ...

Space exploration adventure to boost spirits nationwide

Editorials

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its toll on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirits a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts into ...

Remember, yellow normally does not mean it’s safe to ‘go’

Editorials

A yellow traffic light typically does not mean “proceed with caution.” Typically, it means slow down. A red light is coming. But today, we get the yellow light that signals an ability for life to get moving again — with extreme caution. Today most counties in our region enter the ...

Census response rate shows region only half counted

Editorials

More than a month into the 2020 census, many people have yet to respond. As of Wednesday, 56.8 percent of households nationwide had responded, and just a bit more, 59.1 percent, of Pennsylvania households had responded. In Lycoming County, 59 percent had responded, while in Williamsport ...

Investing in tablets and laptops a wise decision for future

Editorials

Virtual learning for every student is the goal of a $366,480 investment into laptops and electronic tablets in the Montoursville Area School District. That sounds like a lot of money for a district that not long ago was in financial turmoil and board upheaval over an expensive high school ...