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Opinion

Pandemic highlights the value of workforce development networks

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When Maria Joseph Manor continuing care facility in Danville needed hand sanitizer, the hair care products company Function of Beauty in Catawissa came through with 100 bottles. When Geisinger Medical needed face shields for its doctors and nurses, DiamondBack Truck Covers in Phillipsburg ...

Local museums could use support to weather virus

Editorials

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of the ...

In uncertain times, parents need online options

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Amid the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, parents continue to face new challenges when it comes to their child’s education. In a time where stay-at-home orders, social distancing and travel restrictions have become the new norm, parents have to make important — and potentially tough ...

More cooperation from other nations needed to keep Iran in check

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While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country — were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the ...

Prison time merited in college cheating scandal

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It may be some time before the college entrance cheating scandal is resolved. More than four dozen have been charged. One high-profile case should be dealt with during the next several weeks. It involves television star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli. ...

Coronavirus and the US-UK free trade agreement

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The coronavirus has roiled global commerce. How will this pandemic influence trade policy? The upcoming US-UK negotiations will serve as a test. A US-UK trade deal has been in the works for years. It gets outsized attention because Britain’s “Brexit” from Europe presents both sides with ...

Independence Day holiday a moment to reflect on the past

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“If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” — Thomas Jefferson It seems that not every American wants to be informed. It seems many are more interested in erasing our history and rewriting our course than ...

On birthday 244, America is upside down — and it’s scary

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These United States of America mark birthday 244 this weekend. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to blow out the candles when you are upside down. And upside down we are. This national nervous breakdown started with shared anguish over the senseless death of a black man at the hands of a ...

Let’s reflect this holiday weekend on values of 1776

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This Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrate and renew our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It is a ...

Next great cure might be in your medicine cabinet

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In the race against COVID-19, biopharmaceutical firms Regeneron and Sanofi have launched clinical trials to evaluate the efficacy of their drug, Kevzara, in treating the virus’ life-threatening immune complications. Interestingly, Kevzara isn’t new; it was initially approved by the FDA in ...

City ordinance allows Newberry trees to be on hold

Editorials

Treeless for years to come. That’s the fate of a section of West Fourth Street in the Newberry neighborhood of Williamsport, where the state Department of Transportation removed 51 trees about a year ago as part of its reconstruction of West Fourth between Route 15 and Hillside ...

City has correct priority when it comes to sidewalks

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Sidewalks are off the slate. That’s the latest word out of City Hall about plans announced at the end of 2017 to start a sidewalk inspection program, similar to Loyalsock Township. Inspections began in April 2018 and were expected to take up to seven years. Now those inspections will be ...

Points of view vary when celebrating Independence Day

Editorials

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

COVID-19 exposes imprudence of age-based school structure

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Many K-12 schools were closed for over two months — and people are understandably panicking about students “falling behind.” Parents are frantically downloading curricula and buying workbooks off the shelves for homeschooling. District administrators are uncertain which grade levels to ...

County correct to deny funding to move residents

Editorials

Nobody wants to come off sounding like they don’t have compassion. So it had to be with great difficulty that the Lycoming County commissioners decided against a request to provide $250,000 in county funds toward a move of some residents from the ManorCare Jersey Shore, which was a COVID-19 ...

This is not the time to let guard down

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Houston may have a problem, and it’s grabbed our attention. There, infectious disease expert Dr. Peter Hotez says if cases continue to accelerate, Houston could resemble COVID-19 hotspots like New York City or cities in Brazil. “Some of the models coming out of the Policy Lab at the ...

Lawmakers right to end Wolf’s extended disaster declaration

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Barber shops and hair salons across Pennsylvania have sparked controversy during the prolonged business shutdown. Many have risked crushing fines and license suspensions to defy forced-closure orders and serve their customers. Cindy Schindler, owner of Papillon Salon and Skin Care Center in ...

PA State Police holds its troopers to the highest standards

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Pennsylvania state troopers don’t enlist for medals or to win popularity contests. Many of us grew up wanting to be troopers, proud to serve our communities and willing to lay down our lives if necessary. Since the formation of our department in 1905, our ranks have suffered 98 line-of-duty ...

City government must remember taxpayer limits

Editorials

Room to grow. That’s what a county-owned building would provide the city, should the city decide to move operations there. Our question is, why does the city government need room to grow? In our view, smaller government is desirable. It seems that, as government grows, so does the ...

More provocation better than giving in to North Korea

Editorials

Some things never change. North Korean dictators’ determination to stay in power by keeping the rest of the world off balance is one of them. For a time, it seemed as if North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un might be altering course from that pursued by his father and grandfather. Kim and U.S. ...