Editorials

State fire leader has a recurring volunteer nightmare

Pennsylvania Fire Commissioner Timothy Solobay has a recurring nightmare. It’s the one where someone makes a 911, but there are no volunteer firefighters available to handle the emergency. Unfortunately, the volunteer firefighter numbers trend makes Solobay’s nightmare a more real fear ...

Swim club payments without city contract wrongful arrangement

Williamsport City Council’s finance committee found out last week that a swim club using Memorial Park Pool received $4,200 in taxpayer money without council’s authorization or a signed contract. Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said the facts that came out at the finance committee’s meeting ...

On unemployment, President Trump’s remarks are on target

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Gorsuch, with allegiance to Constitution, exactly what Supreme Court needs

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...

Right-to-work bills would make state more attractive

The state's Republican lawmakers are working on a battery of bills that would represent a sea change for workers in Pennsylvania. But the right-to-work legislation would not be radical in comparison to the rest of the country and is, in fact, necessary if Pennsylvania is to compete for ...

Health care: Rebuke of Trump doesn’t remove the problem

For the people who live outside Washington – where real life trumps political machinations and media slants – health care is more important than who wins a Congressional vote count and the spinning that follows the tally. So what was almost giddily hailed as a humiliating setback for ...

Now nation knows of James V. Brown Library’s excellence

Most people in our community know of the excellence of the James V. Brown Library, its ever-growing inventory of services and multiple ways the organization reaches every corner of Lycoming County’s population. Now the nation knows. The library has been named one of 30 finalists for the ...

Now nation knows of James V. Brown Library’s excellence

Most people in our community know of the excellence of the James V. Brown Library, its ever-growing inventory of services and multiple ways the organization reaches every corner of Lycoming County’s population. Now the nation knows. The library has been named one of 30 finalists for the ...

First-class emergency responders deserve daily recognition

Lycoming County officials sponsored an appreciation dinner last week for emergency responders. Fittingly, John Yingling, director of the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety, announced his hope for a peaceful dinner that would go uninterrupted for the honored guests and the pagers they ...

Two city fires carry lesson on smoke detectors

Two women and a child fled a house fire on Isabella Street in Williamsport last week. After firemen attacked the fire, they and codes personnel found no evidence of a smoke detector and the house was condemned. Earlier in the week, a working smoke alarm was instrumental in alerting ...

FDA appropriately getting new leadership

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug ...

State pensions: An embarrassing mess that must be fixed

The unfunded liability for the state pension system is $56.78 billion, according to a detailed story on the system in the Sun-Gazette. That’s the difference between the defined benefits owed retired and due-to-retire state public employees and what the pension accounts are ...

Effort to fight terrorist propaganda must improve

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...

Bowman Field project officially reaches nuts-and-bolts phase

The nuts-and-bolts portion of the Bowman Field modernization plan for this summer is officially under way. Williamsport City Council last week awarded contracts totaling $1.1 million for much of the Bowman Field renovation project, which includes a grandstand deck addition, box seating ...

Home show can be conduit to translate economy into action

About 160 businesses and organizations made their sales pitch at last week’s West Branch Susquehanna Builders Home Show at Lycoming College. The event unfolded for the 58th year, with the Keiper Recreation Center serving as a nesting ground for builders, bankers, Realtors and others to ...

PSU sex abuse mess enters a final chapter

The Penn State University child sexual abuse mess that revolves around the actions of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky may be entering to a new level of ugliness. The child endangerment trial of former PSU President Graham Spanier is starting and former Vice President Gary ...

Stormwater system takeover could solve two critical issues

Whenever there is a major rainstorm locally, there is a strong likelihood that Grafius Run in Williamsport will overflow, causing groundwater flooding and damage to streets and homes in several neighborhoods. The legitimate complaints and concerns about the Grafius Run situation go back at ...

Defense spending boost must be accompanies by fewer items of waste

President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense ...

Getting tougher on North Korea a diplomatic necessity

North Korea’s new test of medium-range missiles a few days ago puts an exclamation point on the major foreign policy challenge facing President Donald Trump. For decades, presidents, secretaries of state and defense, and members of Congress have searched for a way to curb North Korea’s ...

Free speech: Protect it and exercise it with responsibility

This past week is known as Sunshine Week and you might be wondering if anyone informed winter storm Stella of the occasion. But Sunshine Week has nothing to do with the weather. It denotes letting the sunshine in on the workings of public bodies that do your bidding in this democracy. The ...