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Editorials

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 ...

Approaching 2021 with cautious optimism

As America begins its trek through the “2021 Experience,” no one should be content with just shallow, general expressions of hope that the next 12 months will be better than the year just ended. If 2021 plays out as an anemic response to the many bad aspects of 2020, the citizens of this ...

Keep fingers crossed 2021 surpasses expectations

The Mirror’s editorial of Dec. 31, 2019, began with the observation that “the year that is about to end will be recorded as one of disgust, frustration, sadness and madness — one justifying fear about how it might impact 2020 and beyond in a negative way, both domestically and ...

Drawing line on opioids

It seems difficult sometimes to keep up with all the lawsuits against drug companies without a scorecard. But the more we learn about the truly evil practices in which some engaged, the more it seems the punishment cannot be too harsh. A bipartisan congressional report issued in early ...

State should focus on fight against drugs

With such a steady flow of breaking news relating to the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election for months, many Pennsylvania residents, including some people here, have not focused attention on some other noteworthy stories that at other times would have grasped their ...

Christmas offers new, and needed, hope

Today’s celebration of Christmas is offering a birth of new hope, in addition to the most important opportunity of the day, which is commemorating Jesus Christ’s birth on earth. Christmas 2020 always will be looked upon as the time when deep-rooted despair and pessimism regarding the ...

Despite struggles, let’s keep the faith

Despite the positive spin that usually dominates the weeks from just before Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, each year there nevertheless is much suffering in this country and around the world. That almost can be dubbed a fact of life. Unfortunately, this year, the coronavirus ...

Transportation funding would benefit region

One need not like President-elect Joe Biden or the incoming chief executive’s choice for U.S. transportation secretary to recognize a possible major opportunity for Pennsylvania, including this part of the commonwealth. If Biden is successful in proceeding with his $2 trillion plan to ...

Thoroughly reconsider pets as gift

Each Christmas season, children (and a few adults) across the country include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, take it to the vet and love it. They have no idea ...

Approve COVID-19 package

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators and representatives is pushing for enactment of a new COVID-19 relief bill, priced at about $900 billion. Both Democrats and Republicans involved in the effort say that in the spirit of compromise, some provisions they wanted were left out of the ...