Editorials

Lycoming County’s new comprehensive plan reflects local priorities

Beyond the written document, comprehensive plans reflect priorities, vision and direction. While there are a host of local zoning and ordinance provisions and changes tied to the plan, the sexier part of the Lycoming County comprehensive plan is the development priorities for the future. A ...

Array of projects geared to safer, better local roads

Pennsylvania has a well-earned reputation for a highway system that is not in the best of shape. Whether it’s the sharp climate contrasts that lead to a difficult freeze-thaw cycle or the extraordinary amount of winding highways or just priority errors over the years, the roads never seem ...

Staff reduction plan for Lyoming County is worth monitoring

With the Lycoming County budget becoming more constricted every year, the commissioners set a goal to reduce staff by 20 positions during 2018. The stated goal is to get more control over the day-to-day operations budget. The plan was to reduce staff through attrition, or by eliminating ...

Barbara Bush: She was genuine in ways that made her special

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

County re-entry services contract worth renewing

There are two ways to look at the contract between Lycoming County and GEO Group to provide re-entry services to the county. That probably explains the split vote this past week on approval of a new agreement between the county and GEO. On the one hand, the new agreement calls for a ...

Syria: Deterrence was the only option; Let’s hope it yields results

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

North Korean dictator is never sincere; meeting demands toughness

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met ...

Long-overdue street improvements finally near for Williamsport

Hillside Avenue in the Williamsport’s West End is one of the most deteriorated streets in the city. The street is so bad that when it was milled down as the first step in its resurfacing its condition already was improved. And it is not the only street in Williamsport in that condition. ...

Pipers and Engel are perfect LCUW award winners

Lots of people spend portions of their lives dedicated to causes dear to them. Dr. John Jr. and Margaret Piper go beyond that in their volunteer efforts on behalf of the Lycoming County United Way. They have pretty much spent a lifetime in service to the agency. They have been heavily ...

Local preservationist Ted Lyon leaves legacy worth emulating

When you drive or walk through Williamsport’s Millionaires Row, it will be nearly impossible to not pass some visual imprint of Edward “Ted” Lyon. Lyon died recently, but his dedication to preserving the city’s historic district will live in on for generations. The integrity of the ...

Youth Coalition grant much more than funding win

On the surface, it looks like just another grant to a program. But the background of the $16,650 in grant funding from the Community Drug Abuse Prevention Grant Program to the Youth Development Task Force of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition is about much more than dollars and ...

Organ donation: A chance to save a life, with unmatched emotional dividend

We can think of no greater impact a person can have than to save the life of another human being. And if you are reading this, you likely are capable of making that impact. April is Donate Life Month, which is meant to encourage people to sign up to be an organ or soft tissue donor. Each ...

Survey doesn’t yield clear answers for Charter Commission

If the Williamsport Charter Commission was looking for clear answers from its recent survey, it probably did not get that. But the commission, which will soon make a recommendation on the best form of future city government, got valuable input from the 477 respondents to its survey. Less than ...

50 years later, what would King think? Progress, but work left

Some who remember the shock and horror of what happened 50 years ago, the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., may wonder how he would view the situation today. He would be enormously pleased at one aspect of the relationship between white Americans and minorities, we ...

Israel Bonds event: Two community stalwarts and a defeat of hatred

In our community, there are a few events each year that never fail to be inspiring. The Israel Bonds dinner, organized by Marvin and Jean Staiman for an astonishing 60 years, is such an event and Sunday night’s awards dinner was even beyond the usual awe-inspiring standard. The dinner met ...

Callie Cavanaugh left local legacy for all of us to follow

Loyal Sun-Gazette readers are aware that 9-year-old Callie Cavanaugh of Loyalsock Township lost her courageous, public battle with cancer over the weekend. Those readers also are aware that Callie did not really lose the battle. She merely changed addresses. Winning at life means making an ...

Airport work on schedule, but key task must be met

The most recent tour by the Sun-Gazette of the new terminal at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville showed a project 60 percent complete. It showed a new facility that is on schedule to be operational by Oct. 1. The new operation will include improvements everywhere, from ...

Term limits and one-issue voting are long overdue

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican, who represents much of our region, reiterated his support for congressional term limits during a visit with the Sun-Gazette editorial board last week. Marino also continues to favor legislation that would limit congressional votes to bills ...

With Shulkin out, let outsider take shot at leading VA

For years, the essential task of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs has been entrusted to career bureaucrats, most recently David Shulkin. Now, President Donald Trump has fired Shulkin and replaced him with an outsider, and the concern among some in Washington seems to be whether ...