Editorials

Second summit comes with still unanswered North Korea questions

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Wolf’s budget plan: Correct emphasis, details will be vital

To use a well-worn phrase, the devil will be in the details regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address emphasis on a statewide initiative to build a stronger work force for the future. But his emphasis is correct. It is the business of state government, business organizations and all ...

The Covington story: What happens when evil gets invented

So eager have too many Americans become to find people to call evil that we have taken to inventing them. That attitude, a form of aggressive mental laziness, itself is wrong. Thoughtful people — which represents the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded ...

Gas severance tax must solve problem to be worth fallout

For the fifth straight year, Gov. Tom Wolf is seeking a severance tax on the production of natural gas in Pennsylvania. As he was announcing it Thursday, state Sen. Gene Yaw, a Loyalsock Republican who represents our region, was telling a Sun-Gazette editorial board that he could accept a ...

Venezuela’s best hope is changing leaders without civil war

Venezuela is the 10th-biggest oil producer in the world. It may have larger petroleum reserves than any other country. Yet socialism has devastated the nation’s economy to the point that there are shortages of food. About three million Venezuelans have fled their homeland during the past ...

Economy is strong, and facts override spin to illustrate it

These are politically-charged times and interpreting the strength of the U.S. economy is no exception. Political foes of the current administration like to insist that the strength of the nation’s economy is either a fluke, a fraud or was created in the eight years previous to 2017. So ...

A new level of regional thinking needed on levee

Not only is certification of the levee protecting Wiliamsport and surrounding communities necessary, it is complex. Stormwater management upgrades and pollution reduction mandates must be met in concert with the recertification process. Besides being necessary and complex, the process is ...

Hopefully, stability at hand for city’s police chief spot

We sincerely hope the Williamsport police chief merry-go-round has stopped. In October, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana tapped Capt. Jody Miller as chief to replace retiring Chief Dave Young. Miller then decided before Christmas to pursue employment at the Williamsport Area School District. He ...

Park Avenue plan – challenging task needs more support

Consultants shepherding the Park Avenue Plan in Williamsport held a recent open house seeking input on the planned revitalization of that area. They got plenty of what they wanted regarding an area that encompasses Park Avenue between Hepburn and Walnut streets and dips south toward Little ...

United Way funding campaign needs everyone – right now

The Lycoming County United Way has calculated a need to raise $1.6 million in its current fundraising campaign to support 55,000 people through the programs it sponsors. Last year, the campaign raised $1.2 million, so $400,000 more than that is being sought. As of mid-January, fundraising ...

Church’s Code Blue overnight sleep place a community blessing

The nights are getting colder, sometimes frigid, and it will be that way most nights for the next six weeks or so. Most of us will be watching our thermostats, juggling the priorities of a family budget and staying reasonably warm. But there will be a segment of the population, under the ...

Border security, immigration reform more vital than parties

As much as she may wish she could, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi cannot muzzle the president. For now, however, she is doing a pretty good job of muzzling a country from progress it desperately needs. Her stunt in suggesting President Donald Trump postpone his scheduled ...

Terrorist attacks in Syria, elsewhere must be answered

Islamic terrorists are unpredictable in many ways. But their reaction to one situation can be forecast with considerable certainty: When U.S. officials announce a draw down of troops from a region being contested against the terrorist, bloodshed will increase rather than lessen. In both ...

Terrorist attacks in Syria, elsewhere must be answered

Islamic terrorists are unpredictable in many ways. But their reaction to one situation can be forecast with considerable certainty: When U.S. officials announce a draw down of troops from a region being contested against the terrorist, bloodshed will increase rather than lessen. In both ...

Latest reckless rumor rebuked; Mueller, Barr bring sanity

We've lost track of the number of supposed bombshell stories sent breathlessly out to the public in the past two years regarding the probe into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 election that proved false or overblown. The latest and arguably bombshell of all bombshells ...

Casey staying out of still-developing Dem 2020 race

The number of Democratic candidates seeking the party's presidential nomination for 2020 will likely hover around two dozen. The group will not include Pennsylvania Sen. Robert Casey. Casey has been exploring the possibility of running for president in what promises to be a highly ...

Deserving Mussina finally gets the call to the ‘Hall”

In the world of Major League Baseball, Cooperstown is the dream team. It is there, at the northern tip of the Susquehanna River in a rural outpost in New York State, that the Hall of Fame resides. As of Tuesday, Montoursville's Mike Mussina will now have a Hall of Fame bust living there ...

Marino’s resignation leaves representation hole – and opportunity

U.S. Rep. Marino always promised he would not be a congressional lifer. But he surprised constituents by announcing his resignation a couple weeks into his fifth term following a hard-fought election to a redrawn 12th Congressional District. Marino, who has spent much of his life in the ...

Voting machine plan: Despite obstacles, it will be worth effort

There is nothing to fault in Gov. Wolf’s mandate to have new voting machines in place statewide by the 2020 presidential election. We don’t need Pennsylvania to copy Florida’s multiple embarrassments in the past several key elections. Getting all counties on a new, level playing field ...

Dems’ rejection of Trump’s compromise makes shutdown theirs

Democrat leaders in Congress, spurred on by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have made it clear they do not care how long the partial shutdown of government continues, as long as they get their way: no money for a physical barrier along the nation’s southern border. Never mind ...