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Health care

Letters

I feel obliged to respond to the letter about health care Oct. 11. As a 95-year-old, I have personally been involved in many health care issues. I am 100 percent satisfied with my health, which has included a few years in Williamsport. The person who wrote the article about the quality of ...

Modernize

Letters

I read with amusement about the meeting of the minds and the Monopoly game to try and figure out how to make the area better. The best that could ever happen to Williamsport is a casino. But no, the decision makers don’t like the idea because it will bring in drugs and crime. Hello! This is ...

Blame game

Letters

The Sept. 27th Senate Judiciary Committee “hearing” at which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh testified was a classic case of “she said, he said” that only the truly naive could have believed was intended to uncover the truth. Sen. Grassley’s opening remarks made it ...

Out of touch

Letters

Rep. Wheeland recently opposed the minimum wage hike, arguing the market should set wages. A letter writer responded that no one wants to return to “the time before the minimum wage, OSHA, the eight-hour day, child labor laws, and Social Security.” This statement is probably true, but it ...

We can do better

Letters

The Sun-Gazette recently reported that the South Williamsport Area School Board attempted to modify the existing property tax structure in South Williamsport to raise the taxes on various properties. After the public pushed back, the initiative was voted down. This issue raises serious ...

Dial down praise

Letters

There has been much lionizing of Brett Kavanaugh, so it’s time for a reality check. The American Bar Association pulled their approval of his nomination. Kavanaugh, as conservative writer and judge Andrew Napolitano recently pointed out, was originally named to the federal court as a ...

Bill goes too far

Letters

In Karen Myers Oct. 14, letter she extolled the virtues of the recently passed House Bill 2060 that placed stricter regulations on the surrendering of firearms by individuals convicted of domestic violence. While I do not condone domestic violence and support more stringent punishment for ...

A lot of gas

Letters

In denying man-made climate change and calamitous effects it portends, a recent writer argued water vapor is the cause of global warming because it makes up 95% of greenhouse gases. That is like is like saying a man who drinks a gallon of water with 0.01228 fluid ounces of cyanide in it ...

Carl McDaniel: He caught images of war-torn Berlin

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Photos adorn the walls of the Loyalsock Township home of Carl McDaniel. Shots of scarlet-colored covered bridges over creeks, craggy rocky coast lines and lighthouses from Maine and shots of airplanes of various vintages and models are testament to his photographic skills. McDaniel, 94, has ...

Mayor: Montoursville students evacuated from school

Police Fire and Court

Montoursville Area High School students reportedly were evacuated from the school early Friday afternoon following an unspecified threat. Montoursville Mayor Steve Bagwell confirmed that police were on the scene at 700 Mulberry St. to investigate. “Students were evacuated to a safe ...

Local author seeks increased transparency in the modern church

Religion

When Joseph W. Smith III set out to do a Sunday School class on transparency, he was surprised at the lack of materials available to pull from. “I looked high and low and couldn’t find one on the subject,” he said, except for one he found that was written 40 years ago and is now out of ...

Woolrich to close, leaves long legacy of wool craft

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WOOLRICH — A woolen mill that dates back to just after the founding of Woolrich Inc. in 1830 is closing. The company, in a joint announcement with its new European owners, said the woolen mill and its fabric manufacturing operations will shut down by Jan. 1, resulting in the furlough of 40 ...

City police union files labor complaints

Police Fire and Court

The city Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29 has filed two complaints against the city police administration with the state Labor Relations Board, city police administration said Friday. The first pertains to a conversation regarding a flex shift in which a police captain allegedly told the ...

Church helps hurricane victims in Myrtle Beach

Religion

Pastors Lon and Dawn Williams from Liberty Church recently led a five-day missions trip of 20 locals to the Myrtle Beach area to help Hurricane Florence victims. There were 6,000 flooded homes in the area. Many lost everything and are trying to figure out how and where to rebuild their ...

City fire platoon chief retires with 64K pension

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A 28-year veteran of the city Bureau of Fire will receive a pension of more than $64,000, said pension and city financial officers Thursday during a Bureau of Fire Pension Board meeting. William “Russ” Clemons, who retired as a platoon chief, officially retired from the department this ...

Countywide police activities

Police Fire and Court

Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: Thursday 12:00 a.m., disturbance, 200 block of College Avenue, Williamsport. 1:27 a.m., disturbance, 50 block of Penn Street, Montgomery Borough. 4:15 a.m., ...

Friedenberg hopeful to capture US House seat

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Marc Friedenberg realizes the uphill battle he faces trying to unseat an incumbent House member in a congressional district weighed against Democrats. But the first-time office seeker is hopeful just the same. “What I’ve seen is that when you show up at someone’s door, voters really ...

Miseducated on presidential elections

Letters

Subjecting presidential elections to the popular vote sounds eminently fair to Americans who have been miseducated by public schools and universities. Worse yet, the call to eliminate the Electoral College reflects an underlying contempt for our Constitution and its protections for personal ...

Transportation officials seek public opinions

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Transportation officials awaited community members and their opinions on local transit in the third floor conference room of Trade and Transit II on Thursday afternoon. When the people didn’t come, they went to the people. SEDA-Council of Governments, Lycoming County, Gannett Fleming and ...

First reading of Lycoming County budget shows deficit for 2019

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A first reading of Lycoming County’s preliminary 2019 budget indicates a $5.3 million deficit for the year. Beth Johnston, director of county fiscal services, gave the first report before the commissioners and the public Thursday morning, stating projected revenues are $95.7 million, which ...