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Editorials

Appvion closure creates shadow of uncertainty

Northern Blair County became the epicenter of an economic earthquake in 1970 when West Virginia Pulp and Paper Co. announced that it would be closing its plant in Tyrone Borough, putting an estimated 1,000 employees on the unemployment line. The mill, which opened in 1880, ended up surviving, ...

Address turnpike finances

Next year will open the proverbial window to some semblance of fiscal sunshine for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. It is on July 1, 2022, that much of the turnpike agency’s annual supplemental-funding obligation to the state Department of Transportation for transit services under ...

Task force better late than never

Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has been fraught with errors and miscalculations, not only by Washington, but in numerous state capitals as well. The approximately half-million U.S. deaths from the virus — not to mention the millions of people who recovered ­— deliver a ...

State budget can’t include wishful thinking

Much criticism has been heaped upon Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for a number of his decisions related to the coronavirus pandemic, and much criticism of the state’s chief executive will be forthcoming in response to ideas he put forth in his 2021-22 budget address on Wednesday. No surprise. ...

Incompetent error must be righted

Falling back on “human error” is cold comfort to some victims of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania who must now wait at least another two years before they can pursue legal cases. But that seems the best officials can come up with as they try to explain how a proposed state ...

National Guard needed to aid PA vaccines

Is it time to call in the National Guard? We believe the answer is an emphatic YES. As we turn the calendar page to February, Pennsylvania was ranked either 49th or 44th — depending on which report you read — among the 50 states for administering the coronavirus vaccine doses it had ...

Sanders’ meme comical

If you’ve been on social media in the past couple of weeks, you’ve undoubtedly seen the bumper crop of memes featuring a mitten-wearing, crotchety-looking U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The memes put ...

Financial concerns are legit

State and local governments, not only here but across the United States, are facing uncertain financial outlooks as the pandemic continues to wreak its multi-pronged devastation. The Wall Street Journal noted in a Jan. 13 article that “for governments that rely on property-tax revenues, the ...

Ultimate cost from Jan. 6 will be taxing

The total cost to American taxpayers for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol isn’t destined to be known for some time — maybe not even this year. The bill continues to increase each day, however, not only in terms of repairs to physical damage inflicted by the rioters, but also for the ...

Searching for peace starts from within

With the turn of the new year still fresh, now is a good time to re-examine our priorities as a free society. Sure, our nation’s not perfect, but there’s ample opportunity to try new ways — peaceful ways respectful of the collection of ideas and opinions — to improve our lives and ...

Keep patience while awaiting your vaccine

Williamsport Sun-Gazette Patience is a difficult emotion to manage, but it is what will be needed as we await a widespread distribution plan for the coronavirus. It is an essential next element. It’s difficult, though, when the climbing death count hits ever closer to home. Who ...

In Bucktail, heavy hearts

Lock Haven Express We offer heartfelt praise and prayers to Bucktail Medical Center in rural western Clinton County, where the National Guard has come to help fight COVID-19. Of the 24 infected Bucktail residents, three have died due to COVID-19 related complications, its CEO said. In ...

Exercising patience with tax returns

Frustration continues to mount for many families still wondering when they will receive their badly needed economic stimulus payments from the federal government to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. The seed for that frustration is no secret; the blame rests with Congress’ months ...

Pennsylvanians getting anxious about vaccines

People want more information about the rollout of coronavirus vaccines in Pennsylvania. And they want it now. Our readers are complaining they don’t know when they will be able to get the vaccine or even how to sign up for it. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine told PennLive’s ...

Pence puts country above self

As much as Americans may disagree with President Donald Trump’s actions since the November elections, there should be agreement that Vice President Mike Pence has acted honorably and as a statesman. Pence’s future political options now appear miniscule. Trump haters will never support ...

On MLK Day, we need to heed message

As we continue to recover from the Jan. 6 attacks by government protestors on the Capitol, there is no better time to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. King understood the importance of peaceful protest and the ramifications of unlawful complaint. On the day of his ...

Wake-up call for national unity; answer it

Divided government can be productive government if both sides of the political arena are committed to that end. Government controlled by one party can be productive in the view of both sides, if the party in control is open to considering the other side’s opinions and concerns. Regarding ...

Education boss faces a big test

Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by ...

Mob’s acts must be rebuked

The appalling display of a frenzied mob storming the U.S. Capitol, overwhelming security, breaking into the building, the legislative chambers and some offices, and keeping Congress from completing its constitutional duty should be condemned by all Americans. Those who took such actions ...

Congress gridlock must end

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 fell on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers took so long to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists believe ...