Editorials

Counties should not be the fall guys for state budget woes

The state’s budget woes, if they are not solved, will definitely have a trickle-down effect on the budgets of counties and perhaps municipalities, boroughs and school districts. Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare’s reaction to the budget prospectus of Gov. Tom Wolf was: “It looks ...

Bill properly separates public union dues from political preferences

Public-sector union employees should not be paying a portion of their dues for political action committee contributions that may or may not match their political preferences. That sounds simple, but it’s not. The Republican-controlled Senate recently voted 28-22 to send a bill regarding ...

State singing same old song with gas industry and taxes

It’s the same old song. Our state government is trying to solve debt woes and a host budgetary headaches related to an operations budget that has risen 40 percent in a decade. So one of the first proposals on the table is a severance tax of 6.5 percent on a Marcellus Shale natural gas ...

For Dems, lessons to be learned regarding what ‘loyal opposition’ is

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald Trump’s ...

Practical revisions needed for city residency rule

The city of Williamsport was ready to hire a human resources director to handle the insurance and benefits package for 218 employees. There was only one problem. The director-to-be could not meet the residency requirement that is part of the city’s personnel requirements. So City Council ...

This time, make sure infrastructure work truly is shovel-ready

Some liberals already are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they add. So, ...

Amid a divided world and nation, some real heroes

In these times of worldwide danger and political upheaval within our American borders, it's easy to forget there are ordinary people in our midst who are true heroes for the extraordinary things they do. Mike Dunlop, Keith Miller and George Bitner fit the bill. The trio of Marine Corps ...

Hopefully, energy center, panel talk dissolve barriers

Discussions about energy often deteriorate into a negative political debate about the environment or rich people getting richer. When the Marcellus Shale drilling boom injected fresh life in the region's economy several years ago, much of that positive development was obscured by innuendo and ...

Chesapeake Bay is getting cleaner, but tall hurdles remain

The environmental patient known as the Chesapeake Bay is getting better. But he’s still under the weather. That’s the layman’s translation to the latest scientific data regarding the cleanup of the Chesapeake. Three separate organizations are charting slight improvement in the ...

Travel moratorium reasonable call that needed better rollout

President Donald Trump’s order for a moratorium on travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return ...

Travel moratorium reasonable call that needed better rollout

President Donald Trump’s order for a moratorium on travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return ...

Educator fittingly honored with Route 220 highway naming

A stretch of Route 220 that runs from the  Picture Rocks area to Hughesville was recently dedicated as the Thomas A. Paternostro Memorial Highway. The memorial signs will be a fitting visual reminder for the lifetime educator who was East Lycoming School District superintendent from 1981 to ...

Blinded by politics, some in media discard true meaning of journalism

One can hardly blame many Americans for their refusal to trust the news media, given the hysterical tone taken by some in major news outlets. Take the MSNBC television network. Not long after President Donald Trump made his inaugural speech, MCNBC star Chris Matthews took to the air. He ...

Wolf’s general state budget message, details seem at odds

Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget message this week included the admonition that “Harrisburg has been living beyond its means. Households can’t do that, and neither can we.” He proceeded to outline a $32.3 billion spending plan that includes a 3.2 percent spending increase. He proposed to fill ...

Delicate balance needed for city food truck measure

Food trucks have been sprouting locally like cornstalks, especially in downtown Williamsport. They have added vibrance and selection to the city’s already rich eating portfolio. But as with anything in private industry, there needs to be some regulation in place for food trucks that ...

11-year-o11-year-old Loyalsock girl shows way to make a difference

In the dark of winter in a country suffering from division, it’s no stretch to say an 11-year-old Loyalsock Township girl is giving the nation a much-needed example to follow. Madison Wertz, one of the Sun-Gazette’s Person of the Year finalists for 2016, watched a television show about ...

Ironically, unrest makes case for America’s signature exceptionalism

Throughout the nation, millions of people in dozens of cities and college campuses have recently been protesting the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. A few thousand people — out of a nation of 325 million — have engaged in violent confrontations with police. It ...

Manning release order ranks among Obama’s worst missteps

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

White Deer Golf Complex nearing a turning point

The Lycoming County Commissioners are applying their version of what is known in golf circles as winter rules to the White Deer Golf Complex. The commissioners recently designated $100,000 to the complex to compensate for the winter slog when revenues typically run well behind bills. The ...