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Opinion

Incentivize those that can produce vaccines in mass

Editorials

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...

Economic and health recovery relies on funding the front lines

Opinion

AFSCME District Council 86 represents nearly 5,000 workers in northcentral Pennsylvania, including 287 in local school districts; 661 at Bloomsburg, Lock Haven and Mansfield Universities; 165 prison employees; 453 who work for various cities, boroughs, and townships; and 2,441 employees who ...

Get the most from your summer electricity dollar

Opinion

We’ve all heard “how hot is it?” jokes, but it’s not amusing when sweltering summer temperatures drive up your electric bill. And coronavirus pandemic or not, Mother Nature will likely be right on schedule with the usual heat and humidity. The pandemic has changed the way we live and ...

Stay home, stay safe and enjoy July 4 in style

Editorials

Stay home. Stay safe. No, we’re not talking about COVID-19 this time. We’re talking about the Independence Day fireworks that will be set off in Williamsport and visible across much of the city and neighborhoods south of the river. We see it as a plus that Backyard Broadcasting will go ...

Do we really want no response to the next break-in?

Opinion

On a weeknight in the late 1980’s, I returned home from a friend’s house to find my home had been burglarized. Judging by the blowing curtains, it looked like I had missed a conversation with the intruder by about 10 seconds. I have no idea what I would have done had I quietly gotten to ...

This surprising discovery about shaking babies will save lives

Opinion

Babies are at far greater risk of brain damage than previously thought. Even activities that seem innocent, like a run in a jogging stroller, can inflict abusive head trauma. And head injuries often go entirely undetected, so parents unwittingly repeat the same harmful behaviors. These ...

Wildlife near homes signals need for caution

Editorials

Foxes. Deer. And bears. Oh my! Anybody living in this region should not be surprised by the abundance of wildlife in Penn’s Woods — nor should they be surprised by an unexpected visitor that may show up in just about any neighborhood. The occasional skunk or opossum that may get into a ...

Hanging Chauvin for our sins

Opinion

Police officer Derek Chauvin spent nearly nine minutes strangling a man to death in broad daylight in front of what he knew were witnesses and cameras. George Floyd, his victim, begged for his life. Passersby pleaded. That would be very difficult for a human to do. That’s psychotic ...

Congress plans to steal the coronavirus vaccine

Opinion

Lawmakers in Washington want to confiscate the patents on coronavirus treatments and vaccines — before biotech companies even finish developing them. A handful of senior House lawmakers, led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced a plan “to ensure any COVID-19 drug will be accessible and ...

Outlook for jobs, shifts in shopping patterns of concern

Editorials

Millions of Americans remain unemployed as the nation struggles to get an economy stalled by COVID-19 back in gear. Some success has been seen; by this past Saturday, the U.S. unemployment rate was 13.3 percent, much better than the 14.7 percent a month before. Still, we have a long way to ...

We appreciate sensitivity shown by Gen. Milley

Editorials

Regardless of how you lean politically, what Army Gen. Mark Milley did a few days ago was reassuring. President Donald Trump has been criticized by some — and, it needs to be noted, praised by others — for something he did after a night of civil unrest near the White House. You will have ...

Level playing field means something to spelling bee kids

Editorials

Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the least. An occasional ray of sunshine breaks through, however. Consider the national spelling bee. Earlier this year, organizers of the annual Scripps ...

Protect PA wrestling, health of wrestlers

Opinion

We’re parents, coaches, former wrestlers, trainers, doctors and fans who oppose the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (PIAA) weight class reduction proposal. We’ve come together to protect Pennsylvania wrestling from reducing its participants and putting student ...

Reason for hope and confidence in fewer positives

Editorials

UPMC has seen zero positive COVID-19 cases among all of its health care facilities and senior communities, UPMC officials recently announced in one of their weekly briefings. And, many other health care providers are seeing fewer positives and more recoveries, they said. Environmental changes ...

Our economic recovery hinges on reliable partners

Opinion

As Pennsylvania begins to hit health targets and shift into the next phase of our coronavirus response, much of our focus will be on economic recovery. While some of our “essential” industries and personnel have been at work for the duration, many more will need to be supported as we ...

The energy industry was ready for this

Opinion

The COVID-19 outbreak has made a lot of things uncertain. Americans don’t know the next time they’ll see toilet paper in a grocery store, let alone whether or not they’ll stay healthy or have a job in a week. But even amid the chaos, Americans don’t have to worry about fueling their ...

Even though you have rights, just do it — for the greater good

Opinion

In the parking lot of a local store, my dear friend witnessed an exchange between an older woman and a younger man. He wasn’t wearing a mask, the woman noted that he should, he told her to mind her own business; he said no one is going to tell him what to do. Here’s the thing, yes, they ...

Deficit spending unsustainable in the long run

Editorials

If you are among those who have not lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 epidemic, congratulations. Perhaps you share the widespread opinion that the current “lock down” of the economy should continue, to keep everyone safe. How would you like the government to collect your share? That ...