Editorials

Withholding of funds to Syria correct penalty to murderous regime

Even his fiercest foes ought to be able to see the wisdom of a decision recently by President Donald Trump. Apparently, some do not. About $230 million in “stabilization” funds the United States had agreed to spend in Syria will be withheld, Trump decided. Money for humanitarian purposes ...

Labor Day reminds us of the timeless worth of our work

"So, what do you do for a living?" If two people meet randomly and strike up a conversation, it's one of the go-to questions that likely will come up early in the discussion. Which puts into perspective what we celebrate this Labor Day. There are few things that shape us, validate us or ...

Water-marked concerns underscored by this rain-filled summer

The water that seemed to fall endlessly from the skies this summer has taken its toll locally and caught many off guard. It underscores the need to shore up foundations and take steps to be ready for the next onslaught by Mother Nature. A recent edition of the Sun-Gazette included front-page ...

A disturbing tale of sexual abuse and complicity by Church

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed. They cannot be prosecuted. Allegations ...

Seattle airline tragedy raises new questions about airport security

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But recently, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport in ...

The blurred gambling boundaries inevitable with state expansion

Pennsylvania casinos are not real keen on the state’s new iLottery program. They filed a complaint with the Revenue Department last week, arguing that the internet-based games simulate slot machines and casino-style gambling in violation of state law. The owners of seven casinos in the ...

The school mold problem: Health tragedies averted

The unprecedented humid, stormy weather pattern of this August claimed a bigtime casualty - the Williamsport school system. The intense humidity and almost daily, torrential rains created a mold situation that was first noticed by maintenance personnel of the Williamsport Area School District ...

McCain: A unique political voice and remarkable patriot

Patriot. When we think about Arizona Sen. John McCain, who died last week after a tough bout with brain cancer, we think first of his patriotism. He spent a lifetime defending America's ideals, serving time in Vietnam and, most notably, several years as a prisoner of war, where he famously ...

Honolulu has the title, but Series had all winners

They came from 16 places on the world's map, eight teams representing regions of the United States and 8 teams representing regions of the rest of the world. By the late afternoon Sunday, the team from Honolulu, Hawaii, undefeated during the entire Little League World Series, went home with ...

Trump initiative exposes gap in our defense posture

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and ...

Moments the Series brings validate the commercial windfall

The Little League World Series wraps up today and, with the final pitch this afternoon, the high drama of the past 12 days will leave our region. An annual economic development windfall also will leave the area for another year. Hotels, motels, restaurants, stores, tourist attractions and a ...

We don’t have a revenue problem; It’s a spending problem

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Recently, it was reported the ...

Defrocking of Strzok, Brennan overdue, necessary steps

In the past two weeks, former FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok has been fired and former CIA Director Jon Brennan had his special security clearance revoked by President Trump. In both cases, it's about time. We are well aware of the major media's wolfpack chorus that Strzok's firing amounts ...

Pre-Release Center alternatives may not be that easy to find

It costs about $2 million a year to operate the Lycoming County Pre-Release Center, which is designed to gain employment for offenders and otherwise rehabilitate them. So despite the center’s multifaceted record of success, the Lycoming County Commissioners recently wondered aloud whether a ...

Newberry stage: Correct idea that needs survey input

A common complaint of residents in Williamsport’s Newberry section over the years has been that the West End plays second fiddle to the rest of the city, including the aspect of places for community gatherings and events. Former Mayor Philip E. Preziosi is trying to do something about that ...

Special Olympics: An unmatched local stage for 30 years

In 1989, a small advertisement was run in the Sun-Gazette appealing to people to get involved in the revival of the Special Olympics program, which had lost its local accreditation due to changes in national rules. Apparently, people with full consciences and the correct spirit noticed the ...

Protect U.S. in space, yes; Create a new bureaucracy, no

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

As schools reopen, safety concerns have deserved priority

“If kids don’t feel safe, they can’t learn.” That succinct summation by Mark Stamm, South Williamsport Area School District superintendent, is clearly shared by all of Lycoming County’s superintendents. Until recent decades, it was not an observation that would have quickly ...

Manchin keeping open mind on Kavanaugh; So should other Dems

Perhaps with a bit of egg on their faces because of what U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin did recently, his fellow Democrats in the Senate have altered their tactics regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They will stop shunning Kavanaugh, as they have done quite literally, top Senate ...