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Editorials

Pennsylvania’s vehicle registration system in sticky situation

State legislators don’t have enough information yet to repeal Act 89, which ended the requirement for registration expiration stickers to be placed on a vehicle’s license plates. State Rep. Barry Jowziak, R-Berks, has been trying for the past two legislative sessions to get legislation ...

State made great call to have one opening day for 2021 trout fishing season

We have enjoyed the warmth of spring already, a good week before the equinox, and then a dip back into cooler temperatures. But the sight of trout being tossed into area streams gives us hope that, yes, the back-breaking winter of 2020-21 is over. We look each year for the stocking ...

Happy about fewer restrictions? Then get vaccinated as soon as you can

Monday’s news that Gov. Tom Wolf plans to further relax restrictions on things such as indoor dining, bars and permissible crowd sizes beginning Easter Sunday was undoubtedly good to hear. But if we want to keep making progress toward what we consider “normal” — aka what life was like ...

IRS should delay 2021 income tax filing deadline

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, last year’s tax-filing season became a nightmare, not only for many millions of Americans awaiting refunds but also for the Internal Revenue Service itself. Most of the 2019 tax process remained sidetracked well into 2020 as COVID-19 continued to inflict ...

The Lewistown Borough Council doth protest too much, we thinks

An oft misquoted — perhaps misused — line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet is spoken by the central character’s mother, Queen Gertrude: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” The suggestion of the famous line is that the person it refers to is overacting in an effort to hide their ...

Numbers prove masking, distancing work and for more than just COVID-19

As the days became shorter and colder in the fall, many medical professionals feared the country was going to be in for a “twindemic” of both COVID-19 and the flu. But this year’s flu season has turned out to be mild to the point of nonexistence. The Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh ...

White House using cost of COVID tests as ‘means test’ for media coverage

Reporters who cover the White House have had to take COVID-19 tests every day in order to keep the president, his staff and family safe. The White House had been footing the bill for the tests, but now the cost is being shifted to news organizations. The tests cost $170 each, and exceptions ...