Editorials

Rendell’s criticism of fracking skepticism carries credibility

When Pennsylvania Democrats recently called for a moratorium on fracking, they got criticism from a source they might not have expected.Former Gov. Ed Rendell, a longtime Democratic torchbearer, criticized the action as "ill-advised."Democrats had passed a resolution calling for an open-ended ...

Fruits of record United Way funding effort come into view

The impact of the Lycoming County United Way's record-setting fund drive came into full view last week.That's when allocations of $1,041,886 to United Way programs were announced.That's more than a million dollars to meet the human services needs of a host of program partners.That amount would ...

The double standard regarding Obama’s ‘stimulus’ initiatives

Liberals insist President Barack Obama's "stimulus" program has worked to pull the nation out of the economic doldrums. Yet when it is suggested social programs expanded - allegedly temporarily - to help victims of the recession can be pared back, they resist.An attempt was made this week to ...

Commonwealth secretary makes impression with pragmatic solutions

We tend to favor plain spoken and pragmatic over politically motivated verbal hyperbole. So we liked a lot of what we heard this past week when Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele visited the Sun-Gazette for an editorial board meeting.Aichele's office oversees the election process, ...

Streams, lakes rules overdue for update

While power plants must stay within strict limits on the amount of pollutants they release into the air, rules intended to safeguard streams and lakes are much less restrictive. They have not been updated at the federal level in more than 30 years.That is far too long, given the fast pace of ...

Visitors bureau shows value as tourism conduit

The Lycoming County Visitors Bureau has taken its share of hits lately, not warranted in our view.But no matter the viewpoint, the bureau is undeniably a conduit that gets tourism money into the right places.In addition to its yearly tourism grant program, the bureau announced last week three ...

The ultime Route220 solution has little to do with engineering

Fixing the Route 220 stretch of highway just west of Williamsport, perhaps the most dangerous road in the region, is a goal with unanimous backing.But when a public meeting was held by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Tuesday regarding a safety study on the highway, a consensus on ...

Even in a modest year, gas impact fee generates plenty

The gas drilling activity in the region leveled off in 2012 and that is reflected in the revenues generated from the Act 13 natural gas drilling impact fees.The Public Utilities Commission announced the revenues recently and the amount going to Lycoming County dropped by about $1.73 million ...

Sadly, early death due to alcohol and drugs is not new

Two recent deaths that made our news pages have been linked to drug and alcohol use.A young woman who died in a local studio was stricken by a drug overdose, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr.A young man who died in a violent crash that ended in Lycoming Creek had a ...

Heroes breakfast honors Superman work in real life

Hero is an often overused term in today's world of hyperbole.But it applied in spades at the annual Heroes Breakfast of the American Red Cross that was held recently.The heroes honored were nominated by the public and selected by a volunteer review panel. They are residents of Lycoming, Clinton ...

A troubling aspect to the botched abortions case

As Philadelphia Dr. Kermit Gosnell prepares to spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering babies born alive during botched abortions, his lawyer has brought up a troubling aspect of the case.Attorney Jack McMahon has told some reporters he blamed inadequate government regulation of ...

Hockey suit: Best outcome would be more mature appoach

The city has taken its long-promised legal action against the Williamsport Outlaws, the hockey team that played an aborted season at Bowman Field last winter. The goal is to collect $54,757 in unpaid bills, a rent check and a fee.The suit is filed against the Syracuse Junior Hockey Club, a ...

Selective outrage in Washington leads to unproductive politics

Some champions of the free market insist Congress - usually its liberal wing - simply can't abide with success.That is why so many lawmakers, often led by President Barack Obama, want to increase taxes, say the defenders of an initiative that results in profits.Well, it is not quite that ...

Little League Museum gears up to expand its marketability

Little League Baseball opened a drastically changed museum this month in South Williamsport.The museum pays homage to Little League's rich history but visually is stamped by the high-tech world in which we live. It takes the attraction to another level, in our view.There are interactive ...

Milton plant’s return illustrates resurgence of rail industry in area

In 2009, ACF Industries in Milton closed its plant for all the usual reasons lack of business and marketability. More than 200 employees were put out of work. That was then, This is now.And now, the company has become a very important component to the energy indusrtry, manufacturing rail cars ...

The IRS has trashed our trust; its reach should be minimalized

"Taxpayers should take comfort that a conference like this would not take place today," assured acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel last week. He referred to outlandish, inexcusable spending of taxpayers' money in a 2010 conference of IRS employees held in Anaheim, ...

Liberty House gains national recognition for elite help program

Apparently the nation has found out what we already knew: The YMCA's Liberty House program is in an elite class.The local program that helps struggling women and children get back on their feet recently received the Society for Public Health Education's 2013 Program Excellence Award.The society ...

Class-action legal system needs to be reined in somewhat

Many of us have received the class-action settlement notices in the mail.They inform us that because we bought a certain product or service, we are entitled to share in the proceeds of a lawsuit settlement on behalf of our class.But we didn't ask to be included in the lawsuit. We don't recall ...

Suit’s dismissal may help move PSU further from scandal

Gov. Tom Corbett's suit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State University related to convicted child predator Jerry Sandusky has been thrown out by a federal judge.The governor sought to overturn a $60 million fine, four-year postseason bowl ban, scholarship limits and other ...

U.S. under regular attack with calculated destruction – in cyberspace

Think for a moment about what would happen if a foreign power launched a military attack calculated to destroy billions of dollars' worth of U.S. property - but without causing any injuries or deaths.It would be an attack and retaliation would be swift and devastating, right?Wrong.Such attacks ...