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Opinion

‘Neighbors’ starts two weeks of why we are so thankful

Editorials

Neighbors. Some you may get to know well. Others, a passing “Hello” or a friendly smile. And then there are those who keep to themselves for any number of reasons — until the day you find yourself in need. Who hasn’t experienced something — a tree too big to move single-handedly is ...

Catholic bishops right to pursue abuse transparency

Editorials

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore this week. Dealing with the elephant in the room ought to be at the top of their agenda. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who ...

Whatever happened to teaching history?

Opinion

According to a report by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the teaching of U.S. history to American students lags behind all other subject matters. The latest NAEP survey finds that proficiency levels for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are in the 20, 18 and 12th ...

Toomey correctly pushes against fracking ban

Editorials

Call it a pre-emptive strike. Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Zionsville Republican, has heard of the plans of presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders to ban natural gas fracking in the United States. While he is not handicapping the 2020 race and ...

What Michelle Obama leaves out about ‘white flight’

Opinion

Michelle Obama recently complained about “white flight” in her old Chicago neighborhood. By “white flight “ she means that whites left her neighborhood as it became increasingly black. “Upstanding families like ours, who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better — as ...

2 million reasons why City Hall’s future is murky

Editorials

The estimated cost to get Williamsport City Hall adequately repaired is $2 million, according to the city’s codes administrator. A significant portion of the money will need to be spent to bring the city into compliance with handicapped accessibility requirements. Advocates for the ...

Mike Pompeo was definitely NOT a Marine Corps officer

Opinion

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has impressive credentials: He graduated third in his class from Los Amigos High School in California’s Orange County before winning an appointment from his congressman — “B-1 Bob” Dornan, a conservative remembered for his unstinting support for the ...

Scientists can beat Alzheimer’s

Opinion

More than 120,000 Americans will lose their battle to Alzheimer’s disease this year. This debilitating condition is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. Nationwide, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease every 65 seconds. Nearly 6 million Americans currently ...

Gun grabbers misleading us

Opinion

Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law’s primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and ...

High voter turnout hints at concerns of local residents

Editorials

An event of “massive public engagement” — Tuesday’s general election — will shape the future in our region. The quote is from Forest Lehman, county voter services director. We couldn’t think of a better way to say it, particularly in light of a 38.18-percent voter turnout in ...

Regionalization: A need too great to ignore

Opinion

Pennsylvania’s arrangement of a municipality in every nook and cranny means it has 2,625 local governments, second most in the country, trailing only Illinois at 2,828. I have lived in five of those municipalities: Williamsport, South Williamsport, DuBoistown, Loyalsock Township and ...

Send Gisella back: One immigrant family’s story

Opinion

Virtually every reader who has ancestors with a first name of foreign origin like Mario, Shannon, Ezra, Hermann, Alexandra, Wang and Juan, has a similar story to tell. The first generation of their families in the United States came from a foreign country with a good heart, an attraction for ...

The importance of ‘no-men’

Opinion

Shortly after Jim Bakker’s release from prison in July 1994, I invited the disgraced TV evangelist to my home. There was an important question I wanted to ask him. Some background: Bakker and his “Praise the Lord” (PTL) associates sold $1,000 “lifetime memberships” to people who ...

The ‘lynching’ hypocrisy

Opinion

President Donald Trump ignited yet another controversy when, on Twitter, he compared the Democrats’ pursuit of his impeachment to a “lynching.” His tweet that launched a thousand denunciations read: “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even ...

Who is on stage? Americans need candidates who stand for them

Editorials

Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman from Texas who thought extremist demagoguery was the path to the presidency, has dropped out of the race for the Democratic Party nomination for that office. Good riddance. Politicians do not drop out of races until they have been convinced they have ...

Boris Johnson headed to big Brexit victory?

Opinion

It has been 1,225 days since an all-time-high turnout of British voters chose, by a 52 to 48 percent margin, to Leave rather than Remain in the European Union. Now with a general election set for Dec. 12, it looks like Britain is finally about to escape the EU’s “ever closer union.” The ...

Federal attention needed to correct high drug prices

Editorials

This should not be something that happens in the United States of America — but it does. After the Sun-Gazette ran a report exploring the rising cost of prescription drugs and how much insurance pays, we explored the issue further with our weekly webpoll, the results of which are published ...

Cancel the primaries

Opinion

The Democratic primary campaign started in January, but it already feels as if it began in the late Jurassic period, and the first votes are still three months away. Primaries are a lot like Christmas: The shopping season begins way before, and things rarely live up to expectations. (I mean ...