Editorials

Two city fires carry lesson on smoke detectors

Two women and a child fled a house fire on Isabella Street in Williamsport last week. After firemen attacked the fire, they and codes personnel found no evidence of a smoke detector and the house was condemned. Earlier in the week, a working smoke alarm was instrumental in alerting ...

FDA appropriately getting new leadership

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug ...

State pensions: An embarrassing mess that must be fixed

The unfunded liability for the state pension system is $56.78 billion, according to a detailed story on the system in the Sun-Gazette. That’s the difference between the defined benefits owed retired and due-to-retire state public employees and what the pension accounts are ...

Effort to fight terrorist propaganda must improve

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...

Bowman Field project officially reaches nuts-and-bolts phase

The nuts-and-bolts portion of the Bowman Field modernization plan for this summer is officially under way. Williamsport City Council last week awarded contracts totaling $1.1 million for much of the Bowman Field renovation project, which includes a grandstand deck addition, box seating ...

Home show can be conduit to translate economy into action

About 160 businesses and organizations made their sales pitch at last week’s West Branch Susquehanna Builders Home Show at Lycoming College. The event unfolded for the 58th year, with the Keiper Recreation Center serving as a nesting ground for builders, bankers, Realtors and others to ...

PSU sex abuse mess enters a final chapter

The Penn State University child sexual abuse mess that revolves around the actions of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky may be entering to a new level of ugliness. The child endangerment trial of former PSU President Graham Spanier is starting and former Vice President Gary ...

Stormwater system takeover could solve two critical issues

Whenever there is a major rainstorm locally, there is a strong likelihood that Grafius Run in Williamsport will overflow, causing groundwater flooding and damage to streets and homes in several neighborhoods. The legitimate complaints and concerns about the Grafius Run situation go back at ...

Defense spending boost must be accompanies by fewer items of waste

President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense ...

Getting tougher on North Korea a diplomatic necessity

North Korea’s new test of medium-range missiles a few days ago puts an exclamation point on the major foreign policy challenge facing President Donald Trump. For decades, presidents, secretaries of state and defense, and members of Congress have searched for a way to curb North Korea’s ...

Free speech: Protect it and exercise it with responsibility

This past week is known as Sunshine Week and you might be wondering if anyone informed winter storm Stella of the occasion. But Sunshine Week has nothing to do with the weather. It denotes letting the sunshine in on the workings of public bodies that do your bidding in this democracy. The ...

The leaks: Whatever the facts, the public deserves to know them

Midway through his presidency, Barack Obama became so frustrated with news leaks in the White House that he authorized the Justice Department to harass — and that is the appropriate word — scores of Associated Press reporters. Government operatives secretly seized records from their home, ...

Astounding amount of giving truly Raises the Region

The numbers alone speak to the generosity of this region. The annual “Raise the Region” event sponsored by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania raised more than $1.4 million last week. The money came from 8,190 donation gifts over a 30-hour period. And the ...

Muncy Valley work meets vital need for UPMC Susquehanna

For the past several years, there have been several high-profile construction projects that have modernized the Williamsport Regional Medical Center campus of UPMC Susquehanna. Lost amid those transformative advances has been the work at the Muncy Valley Hospital arm of UPMC ...

Senate’s unanimous condemnation of attacks on synagogues warranted

Every member of the U.S. Senate, all 100 of them, signed a letter to President Donald Trump last week, asking for more federal action to find those behind threats targeting nearly 100 Jewish synagogues, community centers and schools during recent weeks. One arrest has been made, but that ...

May Primary Election features a full ballot of dedicated citizens

The deadline for submitting petitions to run for local elected offices has come and gone and the ballot for this May’s Primary Election is pretty full in all corners of Lycoming County, the largest county geographically in Pennsylvania. That’s very good news. It’s an indication that ...

Pelosi’s health care bill standards hypocritically change

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., ripped a Republican proposal to replace Obamacare not long after the bill’s contents were released last week. Americans don’t know enough about the bill, Pelosi insisted. Why, “without a (Congressional Budget Office) ...

Obamacare authors made health care overhaul politically risky

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

For Park Avenue strategy, look at East End pathway

The area of Park Avenue from Hepburn to Campbell streets is being targeted by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana for long-overdue development. It’s a worthy goal and has some City Council pointmen on board in Councilman Randall J. Allison, chairman of council’s economic revitalization committee, ...

What happens when government hurts rather than helps businesses

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...