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Opinion

Lycoming College’s fundraising success shows momentum

Editorials

Lycoming College launched a $65 million capital fundraising campaign three years ago. The “Campaign for a Greater Lycoming” wound up raising more than $79 million to improve several academic programs and pay for its new Center for Academic Experiences. Impressively, the money came from ...

Language of love: Foundations speak student support

Editorials

An engineer-turned-educator, Mark Love, recently spent the day with eighth- and ninth-grade students in the South Williamsport Area Junior-Senior High School. The event of “Engineers Teaching Algebra” was made possible through a grant that the South Williamsport Education Foundation ...

The human side of immigration

Opinion

There is a human side to immigration at the United States and Mexican border. Thousands of migrants are crossing the border of the United States experiencing despair on their journey to our country but still remaining hopeful upon their arrival. From my perspective, there is a humanitarian ...

Pennsylvania’s unaffiliated voters deserve a voice

Opinion

As the Pennsylvania General Assembly heads back to Harrisburg to take up the commonwealth’s business, a priority for their fall agenda should be passing Senate Bill 300. This proposal would enable Pennsylvania’s unaffiliated voters to have a voice in casting votes in either the Republican ...

Hopefully, DEP’s recent tour of run will support a fix

Editorials

Patrick McDonnell, state Department of Environmental Protection secretary, recently toured Grafius Run. He got an audience of more than 60 residents who told him tales of what the flood magnet does during most heavy rain storms and sustained downpours. He boosted morale, he brought hope, ...

The president’s personality

Opinion

Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. That is not the same as wanting him impeached, much less convicted by the Senate and removed from office, but it represents a momentum the ...

More homes means more families for city neighborhood

Editorials

Talk about a metamorphosis. That’s what we see when we look at the area of the city that not that many years ago supported Brodart operations in the 1600 block of Memorial Avenue. After the facility was razed in early autumn 2013, groundbreaking quickly followed and a 40-unit Memorial ...

The NBA salutes its Chinese overlords

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Little did Dr. James Naismith know when he invented the game of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891 that, more than a century hence, it would become beholden to its Chinese overlords. The NBA disgraced itself kowtowing to Beijing after the general manager of the Houston Rockets, ...

Syrian die is cast

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull a few dozen U.S. troops out of an area of northern Syria controlled by Kurdish military forces is being criticized widely, by both Republicans and Democrats. It is being portrayed as a betrayal of a staunch ally in the war against Islamic ...

Utilities not able to rely solely on alternative power

Editorials

Fans of “alternative energy” — more on the quote marks in a moment — have begun worrying aloud about President Donald Trump’s aversion to wind power. They fear it will affect federal energy policy. It should not, of course, though it did during former President Barack Obama’s ...

Save the planet? Try fossil fuels first

Opinion

Calls for a “Green” New Deal, premised on a looming climate crisis, have turned one of America’s two major political parties against all fossil fuels, even natural gas. But Democrats fail to mention that economic freedom, human ingenuity, and affordable energy have done much to minimize ...

Idiotic environmental predictions

Opinion

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you ...

Are companies acting in haste?

Editorials

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by ...

Trump channels George McGovern

Opinion

The year was 1972 and Americans wanted out of the Vietnam War; the right because it was not being won and the left because of the increasing body count and lies from generals and politicians about “progress” toward defeating the communists. Democratic presidential candidate George ...

The presidency and war power

Opinion

Readers of this column are familiar with the concept of the separation of powers, which James Madison crafted as integral to the Constitution. That concept mandates that Congress writes the laws, the president enforces them, the courts decide what they mean and interpret them, and the three ...

Rule assures transparency by the courts

Editorials

An important matter of public interest has been settled, and that has to do with whether the names of candidates for appointment to unexpired terms of public office should be made public. When the issue surfaced about five years ago, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette believed that it was common ...

‘Give me that old-time religion’

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We give and take advice on a daily basis. Yet seldom do you give advice to someone 200 years in advance. But when James Burns in Ireland wrote to his son James in America in 1796, I felt he was speaking to me today. He wrote: “Dear Son, Think that this world is not your home, but that one ...

Scaling the mental disorder mountain

Opinion

It was recently announced with great fanfare that Pennsylvania has received an additional $75 million in federal aid to fight the opioid addiction crisis in the state. About $56 million of it will go to Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol programs. The money also will help extend ...