Editorials

A tough year, but local problems are not insurmountable

Consider the touchpoints of local news developments this year.There's a heroin problem in the City of Williamsport and outlying municipalities that police liken to a nuclear bomb.Housing in rental properties may be the nesting ground and, as such, is getting a new examination with a city plan ...

Congress should come down hard on Pentagon miscues

The Pentagon cannot account for more than $8 trillion U.S. taxpayers have given it since 1996, according to a news report by the Reuters news agency.Yet, even as the Defense Department insists it needs more money to defend the nation, officials admit waste and fraud are rampant.Clearly, the ...

Prison numbers speak to need for Day Reporting Center

The male inmate capacity for the Lycoming County Prison is 221. Through November, the average male population there was 209, as reported at the December meeting of the Lycoming County Prison Board.The female inmate prison capacity is 34. Through November, the average female population was 29. ...

Traffic flow start of city East End business potential

Is the East End of Williamsport the next commerce corridor locally?We're not sure about that, but we know the first rule of business location is checked off.The area east of Market Street in the city carries some of the highest traffic volume in Lycoming County daily, with major access points ...

Keep Christmas in your heart the entire year

We receive this Christmas morning on so many different levels.For millions of children, last night Santa Claus came down a chimney and this morning there were gifts. When you are 4 years old, it doesn't get much better than that.The beauty of this day and this season is that its meaning evolves ...

County budgeting likely to get harder in future

The good news is that Lycoming County government has passed no-tax-hike budgets for 10 years in a row.The tax-increase-free decade became official with passage of the 2014 budget recently.But there are looming fiscal clouds.The county continues to balance its budgets by drawing on surplus ...

Two studies raise questions about climate change arguments

Two scientific studies that nearly crossed paths on the way to publication by the National Academy of Sciences raise serious questions about climate change - and the liberal knee-jerk reaction that it must be caused by human activities.Recently, a study suggesting methane may be more at fault ...

Nation will need more than this budget in future

The U.S. House and Senate have actually passed a budget with bipartisan support.That's worthy of a shower of confetti in these days of politicized bickering that accomplishes little.But before the celebration gets out of hand, understand what actually happened and its future implications.The ...

Can Obama turn 180 degrees to solve problems?

A new national security strategy, replacing one he initiated in 2010, will be unveiled next year, President Barack Obama has informed Congress.Let's hope the 2014 strategy works better than its predecessor.Four key goals of the 2010 plan were to strengthen the U.S. position as a world leader, ...

Raid is the sort of action needed to fight city problem

Williamsport codes, police and fire officials closed the property at 405 High St. recently after it had several building violations and police discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in the open.City neighborhood crime watch leaders were pleased with what they saw in the raid.And they should ...

Agency, business take natural gas to another level

There's one place you can go in Williamsport where gasoline costs less than $2 a gallon.Call it the visionary reward.River Valley Transit is now operating a compressed natural gas fueling station that is open to the public, municipalities and corporations.That makes the friendly pump price ...

A model for how transportation work creates jobs, economy

When the state transportation bill was passed recently, there was lip service paid to the job retention and expansion that can be fueled by road and bridge improvements.Last week an example of how that footnote can come to life was illustrated in a bridge project in New York State.As the Tappan ...

Final budget move: Pay should match new city codes role

The codes department for the City of Williamsport is being counted on to become another level of safety net for residents, assuring safe, up-to-regulation housing that is crime-free.City Council President Bill Hall wants to upgrade the pay scale to fit the added responsibilities.And he wants to ...

Political campaign finance proposal: Beward of motive

Proponents of accountability in political campaign financing may have applauded President Barack Obama's proposal recently to curb tax-exempt groups that use donations made anonymously to influence elections.But this is Barack Obama, who seems to do nothing without an ultra-liberal political ...

Move to streamline local school district management numbers

oday's continuation of the Sun-Gazette's Right to Know Project features a breakdown of the salaries and benefits of the superintendents of the region's school districts.These superintendents are the CEOs of districts with multi-million dollar budgets and have responsibilities that range from ...

Consider real science in debate over climate change

Contrary to what President Barack Obama claims, the science on climate change is far from settled.That conclusion can be drawn from a new scientific report.Obama insists Americans need to do more to limit climate change resulting from emissions of carbon dioxide.To do that, the president is ...

Army Reserve Center will serve practical purposes in future

It may not seem it when you observe how Washington does business, but it is possible for government to work like it's supposed to.An exhibit of that is the empty Lycoming Memorial Army Reserve Center on Four Mile Drive.The building has a viable, practical future due to the efforts of the ...

Ultimate verdict on road bill years away

There has been expected criticism of the state's recently passed transportation bill.Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch said he expected that, given that the bill's foundation is billions of dollars in higher fees and wholesale tax increases, many of which will ultimately show up in the gas ...

Gas heating prices another dividend of drilling boom

About two-thirds of the Pennsylvanians who heat their homes with natural gas are paying the lowest December prices they've paid in a decade.For example, a Peco customer is looking at savings on winter months bills of at least $3 a month.Count that as another dividend for the state being in the ...

Local property owners dealing with alarming flood insurance costs

About 10 percent of Lycoming County's 53,000 parcels are in the flood plain.And according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1,900 of the parcels will be affected by the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.Under the reform act, flood insurance rates are going up ...