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Opinion

Pandemic makes case for lessening FDA obstacles

Editorials

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. On Friday, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency ...

Sight of orange today may be welcome vision

Editorials

Did you ever think you ever would be happy to see the orange cones return to area highways? Well, get ready as this week they should be back. The state Department of Transportation has indicated that it will resume activities related to a host of highway projects this week. The city street ...

We’ll power through COVID-19 together

Opinion

The impacts of the coronavirus epidemic are everywhere. There is the sad toll of illnesses and lives lost. There are economic repercussions in millions of lost jobs, closed businesses and more. The economic effects may make it harder for some customers to pay their electric bill and we’ve ...

Stimulus dollars could help local eateries, workers

Editorials

Among the loveliest of developments in recent years has been our local restaurant scene. We’re not talking about the chain restaurants that have popped up in certain areas, but the locally owned food and drink establishments that specialize in their craft, whether it be a fine dining ...

Trump’s viral legacy

Opinion

“Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is ... fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” — President Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933. “Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. ...

Life in the brave new world

Opinion

In my day, the fear and terror were of nuclear holocaust. I remember as a child going to the home of some of my parents’ friends. The older boy in one of those families showed me a puzzle map of the United States. He showed me the destruction that would occur at the time of a nuclear ...

Americans — when we can, we help others in need

Editorials

We Americans have paid a high price for not stockpiling enough medical equipment and personal protective devices to cope with the COVID-19 onslaught. As of Friday, more than 62,000 people had died in this country from the coronavirus. But here, some states seem to have begun flattening that ...

Bailing out pensions not the way to go during pandemic

Editorials

Within a month, the national debt was increased by more than 10 percent by enacting about $2.7 trillion in bailouts related to the COVID-19 outbreak. American families, businesses, hospitals and local and state governments are among the beneficiaries. That is entirely appropriate. The ...

A compassionate gesture would be appreciated now

Editorials

Today is the deadline for paying county and most municipal taxes within the discount period. The savings on most tax bills do not amount to much to some people, but to those who live frugally, it is a goal worth achieving. If they have a mortgage and escrow account to cover the bill, it’s ...

Gov. Wolf ought to know — it’s not that simple

Editorials

When Gov. Tom Wolf announced an extension of the stay-at-home order for Pennsylvanians until at least May 8, while providing a glimmer of hope that limited parts of the business sector may finally come back to life soon, he was asked what would happen if a furloughed employee refused to return ...

We’re here for you — now and always

Opinion

During this COVID-19 pandemic, our doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, environmental service workers, and everyone in the health care industry have been doing everything in their power to help you stay safe and get well. They are the everyday heroes on the ...

Removal of Navy captain must not be swept under rug

Editorials

Capt. Brett Crozier should be reinstated to his command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, the Navy’s top brass are recommending. His removal in the first place raises questions about what led to his removal — and whether the military did an acceptable job of protecting ...

Accurate statistics important to public safety

Editorials

The manner in which the state Department of Health compiled and released data about COVID-19 deaths, it turns out, had its share of faults. Falsehoods, even. Rather than reflecting where victims died, the numbers were based on the last residential addresses of those who died. So if somebody ...

It’s time to more directly involve state residents

Editorials

Mandated time off appears to be coming to an end. Or is it? On the surface, there appeared to be good news this past week when Gov. Tom Wolf announced intentions to start to reopen Pennsylvania. But don’t get too excited yet. His plan is methodical. It would happen in phases based on ...

An open letter to Governor Wolf, Gene Yaw and Jeff Wheeland

Opinion

Dear Governor Wolf, Senator Yaw and Representative Wheeland: I am 68 years old. I have a history of sarcoidosis. This gives me two strikes and puts me in the category of being more at risk for the coronavirus than others. I was a business owner — residential construction remodeling. ...

The COVID-19 comeback: Cautiously start now

Opinion

We’ve trained for this comeback, making sacrifices, with our eyes on the prize — normalcy. We are ready to live again, with caution. We are ready to open for business again, with conditions and common sense. Until a few days ago, Gov. Tom Wolf did not seem to believe in our readiness. ...

Education policy should consider virtual homework

Editorials

An early step most states took in dealing with the coronavirus epidemic was closing public schools. That was wise for the good of both students and those to whom the children, perhaps not showing symptoms, might have transmitted COVID-19. In place of classrooms have come plans for distance ...

Opportunity at hand to help others

Editorials

Nobody should have to go hungry. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is putting many people in jeopardy of not having enough food to feed themselves and their families. The Lycoming County Commissioners this week emphasized that need, which is being exacerbated by record unemployment. The ...

Let’s stop making scapegoats out of our dairy farmers

Opinion

All across the United States, various farm organizations and dairy cooperatives (including National Milk Producers) coupled with many federal legislators are screaming at dairy farmers, telling them you are producing too much milk. These dairy farmers are only doing what they have been ...

Medicine may be bitter, may protect U.S. in the future

Editorials

COVID-19 has reaffirmed two things Americans ought to have reflected upon previously about China: First, relying on the veracity of China’s government is foolish. We know Beijing has lied about various aspects of the coronavirus epidemic. Second, this country is far too reliant on China ...