Editorials

GOP majority was hired to do a job; Patience wearing thin

Former President Barack Obama and his followers may be forgiven if they are tempted to break into a rendition of “What Comes Next?” a number sung by King George III to the Americans in Lin Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical “Hamilton.” “...even despite our estrangement, I’ve ...

Highway safety deserves emphasis in projects, habits

A Federal Highway Administration official was at the Williamsport Area Transportation Study Coordinating Committee meeting last week to talk highway safety. And why not? The state of Pennsylvania sees about 1,200 roadway fatalities annually, a number that has been relatively stable for the ...

MLB Little League Classic gets encore; Don’t stop tweaking

The MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport went so well during the Little League World Series in August that it seemed to be only a matter of time until a repeat performance was announced. So it was hardly a shock that Major League Baseball announced recently that the Philadelphia Phillies ...

Tax reform plan critical medicine for all Americans

President Trump and the Republican majority in the House and Senate are pushing hard for tax reform by the end of the year that will make the tax form simpler and the amount coming out of every American's pocketbook less. You would think that would be an idea with traction. It's certainly ...

Health care reform: Half of a loaf is clearly better than none

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally recently, ...

Breaking logjam on East Third Street traffic flow is vital

Lots of people, from elected officials to businessmen to transportation leaders, want East Third Street in Williamsport to become a two-way corridor between Market and Mulberry streets. So far, the group does not include engineers at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. And until ...

11th-hour quarrel on sewer deal makes city look disjointed

It’s only early October, but Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana already has set the ground rules regarding the upcoming city budget talks for 2018. Under those ground rules, the mayor said City Council should be blamed for any tax increase next year because it did not listen to his ...

Kennedy documents: The more truth, the less fuel for theories

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

China limits on North Korea oil imports good news, not breakthrough

China’s recent announcement that it will limit petroleum exports to North Korea is good news. It is not a breakthrough. For months, U.S. officials have sought more cooperation from Beijing in pressuring North Korea to pull back on its development of missiles and nuclear weapons. Such ...

Conclusions in Vegas tragedy may come with little closure

The Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas will spark a furious — and that is the correct word — debate in America. How can we as a people not wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent an attack that claimed at least 59 lives and wounded hundreds more people? Knee-jerk ...

St. Anthony’s needs, deserves rescuing of free medical clinic

Flood damage over the summer did what nothing else has done to the St. Anthony's Center – shut down its free medical clinic. The flooding in the basement of the center's headquarters at 125 W. Willow Street was so bad that the clinic can not get insurance. Without insurance, it can't ...

The budget tango is an endless dance in Harrisburg halls

They did the budget tango again in Harrisburg Monday – again. There was lobbying in every hall and rumors just as prevalent, but no budget deal. Uusually when that happens, a budget deal is not far off. We say that from experience. This year’s episode is the latest in a long-running ...

The budget tango is an endless dance in Harrisburg halls

They did the budget tango Monday in Harrisburg – again. There was lobbying in every hall and rumors just as prevalent, but no budget deal. Uusually when that happens, a budget deal is not far off. We say that from experience. This year’s episode is the latest in a long-running ...

Cancer series: The goals are knowledge, hope and strength

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Sun-Gazette is running a series of stories on breast and other types of cancer with multiple goals in mind. First, our hope is that the series will raise awareness to new levels regarding all forms of cancer. Early diagnosis is the key to ...

For Puerto Rico, hit from Maria may mean rebuilding opportunity

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by ...

Series on government referendums in city deserves rereading

The Sun-Gazette published a four-part series from Sunday through Wednesday on the Williamsport government referendum questions that are on the November election ballot. You have heard of clip and save coupons. This is a clip and save series, for both city voters and residents in other ...

Trump’s UN call to arms deserves united reception

President Donald Trump came to the United Nations last week and, in his first speech to that body, left a message that the United States' posture with that body and as the free world's leader has changed. His speech was frank and blunt. President Trump called out North Korea as a threat to ...

Police raid shows depth of region’s illegal drug supply

A police raid last week illustrated just how deep the heroin-related drug problem is in our area. The raid resulted in the seizure of $116,000 worth of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and oxycodone and landed four men in prison. It was the culmination of good work by Lycoming County's ...

For United Way, a revised focus and daunting challenge

The Lycoming County United Way is embarking on a new fundraising campaign under new leadership with a different point of emphasis as it canvases every corner of the county for charitable donations. The organization wants to raise enough money to impact people in the county 55,000 times in the ...

STEP takes correct ‘step’ with annual endowment funds

We really like some of the “steps” that STEP is taking lately in the name of opportunity and self-help. STEP is working toward creating a Housing Options Pathway Endowment Fund to add funding to its housing options programming. Last year, STEP created a general fund called the STEP ...