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North Korea gets zero until buildup ends

North Korean officials have done the predictable. They are insisting that before there can be any talk of reining in their nuclear weapons and missile development programs, the regime must be granted new concessions by the United States and other countries. Specifically, Pyongyang wants a ...

City food truck measure is fair and overdue

Williamsport City Council has preliminarily approved a food truck ordinance that seems to be hatched by compromise and answer key questions. Council was charged with a dual mission: Don't stunt the enterprise of food truck operators but don't hurt the business of existing brick-and-mortar ...

Tech Center graduation underscores its worth and decade of growth

There will be dozens of graduation ceremonies at the region’s high schools in the next several days, with thousands of students celebrating in caps and gowns. But perhaps the most underrated ceremony in terms of importance was the first graduation event that occurred a week ago. Last ...

Calmed by conditions, supervisors OK medical marijuana plant

At first blush, the prospect of a medical marijuana facility permit in an area reeling from an opioid epidemic seems like a bad match. But on April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania became the 24th state with a comprehensive medical marijuana program. With that designation comes legitimacy that ...

Congress must ask new questions on nation’s protection

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

On this Memorial Day, the sacrifices mean more than ever

From its battle for independence to the worldwide conflicts of today, the United States of America has had military personnel willing to risk – and lose – lives for the countless causes of freedom. On this Memorial Day, their sacrifices should be more clearly in focus than ever, as we ...

Trump lays historic groundwork; media blocks the impact

In the past nine days, President Trump took an historic flight from Saudi Arabia to Israel and laid solid groundwork for alliances among people who have been divided for centuries. He showed strength, leadership, vision and determination while attempting a bold alliance of moderate Muslims ...

North Korea tactics may finally work against Kim Jong Un

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has gone beyond rattling his saber during the past few months. He has gone to waving the sword around his region of Asia, and that seems to be prompting some other world leaders to reexamine the old advice about the enemy of my enemy being my friend. During ...

Commissioners show proper watchdogging regarding two issues

The Lycoming County Commissioners are supposed to be the stewards of the tax dollars that pay for county operations and funding for other projects. With that in mind, we have no problem with two ongoing issues. A disputed construction project involving a leachate tank, costing roughly $5.7 ...

Reentry ceremony uplifting, but the battle never ends

Lycoming County held its fifth Reentry Service Center program transition ceremony last week. The event commemorated the completion of the six-month long reentry program by 29 graduates. These are 29 success stories for people whose path to success has been excruciatingly difficult. And ...

South Side school tax increase carries state echoes with it

The South Williamsport Area School Board has given preliminary approval of a .65-mill real estate tax increase in its 2017-18 preliminary budget, which is above its Act 1 index of 0.5 mills. But those are just numbers. The mixture of misgivings and frustration that came with the sizable tax ...

Volunteer firemen: Numbers paint a grim reality

The Sun-Gazette recently profiled the state of volunteer firefighting in Lycoming County. The numbers – starting with the larger state picture – tell a grim story. There were 300,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania in the mid-1970s. Today there are about 72,000, a 75-percent ...

Mueller’s probe must include more than Trump to be complete

A chorus of top Democrats have been demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. On Wednesday, they got their wish with appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to probe the ...

Public access limits deflate police body cam bill’s worth

The state Senate last week approved a bill that clears the way for more police body cameras. Unfortunately, the bill comes with discretion for police to refuse public requests for copies of audio or video recordings of officers. It exempts recordings from requests under the state's open ...

Restoring reason to environment and energy policies

It is going to take time — years, in all probability — to undo the enormous amount of damage President Barack Obama did to the economy. Some of it is irreparable. At least President Donald Trump and his new Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, are wasting no time in ...

Illegal drug use is a multifaceted killer in the region

So far in 2017, there has been only one heroine overdose death in Lycoming County, according to those who lead Project Bald Eagle, the coalition fighting the opioid epidemic in the region. Unfortunately, that is far from the full story on illegal drug tragedy. And the rest of the story ...

Amid embarrassing turnout, voters make important decisions

Even in an under-the-radar Primary Election, Lycoming County voters made some important decisions Tuesday. They appear to have elected District Attorney Eric Linhardt to fill a judge seat that will become available next January. Linhardt swept to the Republican nomination and narrowly won the ...

Flood recertification process needs to be completely public

The local flood levee protects $2.7 billion worth of property and just about every citizen in much of our region. Estimates are that it is going to cost about $10 million to do the things to gain recertification of the levee, which is necessary to avoid drastic increases in flood insurance ...

YWCA chooses wisely naming Linn Glenwright successor

The local YWCA had big shoes to fill with the upcoming retirement of Diane L. Glenwright, the agency’s longtime leader. They could not have made a better choice than Dawn M. Linn. She brings the ideal combination of financial, philanthropic and community knowledge. The knowledge comes from ...

Brotherhood Alliance honors four community stalwarts

The Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance chose a true Fab Four with its annual awards recently. We here at the Sun-Gazette are especially proud that Philip A. Holmes, a reporter here for decades with a heart for the community as big as our building, was one of the four honorees. He shared ...