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Editorials

Medicare’s cost disparity between opioids, other drugs needs to be reviewed

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if there are effective alternatives is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne ...

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

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, ...

More homes means more families for city neighborhood

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 ...

Syrian die is cast

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

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 ...

Are companies acting in haste?

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 ...

Rule assures transparency by the courts

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 ...

Compassion should be celebrated

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

Facts should guide inquiry into any impeachment

It seems few days have gone by recently without some new revelation regarding the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry that targets President Donald Trump. Clearly, the president and some of his allies used their positions in efforts to advance Trump’s political prospects. Whether ...

Marriage of plastics industry and Penn College flourishing

There is a giant growing in Beaver County in western Pennsylvania. It’s Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex that will process ethane from shale gas. There is a giant that already exists in Williamsport. It’s the Pennsylvania College of Technology plastics program that has ...

Patriotic Blue Star Mothers shipping care

They gather. They talk. They pack. And on Dec. 14, they will lay wreaths on the graves of veterans during the annual Wreaths Across America event. Blue Star Mothers are a patriotic bunch, to be sure. These women have one thing in common: they have offspring serving in the military. They ...

East Lycoming’s STEM-business program shines

Imagine an East Lycoming School District student sitting in a problem-solving meeting with a local business, or working to improve its product or an advertisement of it. Imagine no more. It’s a reality. Michael Pawlik, East Lycoming School District superintendent, recently highlighted a ...

DEA’S response to opioids plague

"We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This past week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Connections crucial to individuals — to our communities

Stay connected. Live with purpose. Keep moving, and eat right too. That recipe for achieving a longer life with optimal health was shared by Dr. Richard Dowell, a clinical neuropsychologist with UPMC Susquehanna, during a recent keynote speech at the Elder Care and Special Needs Resource ...

A well-deserved honor for Sides

The name of the award says it all. And the person who received this year’s Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award is a shining example of those words, “commitment to caring.” Carol D. Sides has spent much of her life caring for this community, volunteering with an array of ...

While adult vaping debate rages, let’s protect children

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...

CAC ushers

It’s been a quarter century since the first usher showed the first patron to their seat at the Community Arts Center. What followed has been a whole army of ushers, donating thousands of volunteer hours at downtown’s flagship venue. These are the men and women decked out in black suits, ...

Volunteers key in fight against food insecurity

Are you hungry? If not, be happy that you are not among the one in 10 central Pennsylvanians, or one in six children, who struggles with hunger, according to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. How can that be the case in the United States of America, where the great dream is home ...

What do you see? What do you hear?

A couple of recent Sun-Gazette stories reflect just a few of the reasons we love this community so much. One was about the newest addition to the downtown streetscape, a mosaic of ceramic tiles, shards of mirror and colorful stones on the East Fourth Street side of the Firestone Building at ...

A slippery slope

Gov. Tom Wolf says “Pennsylvania is ready for this.” He is referring to the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, which he says the Pennsylvania General Assembly should go forward with. We do not share his sentiments and hope the leaders of the Republican majority in the ...