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Editorials

Gallitzin firefighter deserving

Shining rays of sun on some good news: The profile of first responders certainly has been raised, dating back to 9/11 and especially over the past 17 months as the country dealt with and is still dealing with COVID-19. To that end, the good folks who fill those frontline roles can never get ...

Fracking puts its industry over your health

For years, evidence has mounted that fracking is at least associated with adverse health effects, including a rare cancer cluster among children in Western Pennsylvania. Instead of stopping potentially risky activity, states like Pennsylvania that sit on gas-abundant shale formations have ...

Bus driver shortage is big concern

If parents and guardians aren’t concerned about their school district’s busing contractor having a shortage of drivers, they ought to be. Drivers who transport children to and from classes and extracurricular activities are a vital component of every school system, as essential as ...

Barking up tree: Adjustments due for dog licenses

Is it preposterous to suggest that fewer than 50% of Pennsylvania dog owners might not have purchased 2021 licenses for their pets — and perhaps neglect that responsibility every year? Maybe so, but probably not. That question is a reasonable topic for reflection as the Pennsylvania ...

Sound idea to rename expressway

Few American cities have the distinction of being a U.S. president’s birthplace. Scranton would be foolish not to memorialize its place in history as President Joe Biden’s place of birth — on Nov. 20, 1942, in the former St. Mary’s Hospital — all the more so because the president ...

Hope bird disease is not worse

We are alarmed — as all of us should be — about the mysterious deaths of our beloved birds. Over the past six weeks, thousands of birds across multiple states in the Northeast have been spotted with eye and brain problems. Did you ever hear the story about the canary in the coal ...