Editorials

Human surve Human surveillance remains best form of crime monitoring

On the same day Williamsport residents walked and talked with local law enforcement officials as part of National Night Out activities, the city administration was pushing to get surveillance cameras relocated to high-crime neighborhoods. The serendipity of the timing is fitting. Because ...

Drug commDrug Commission strikes correct chord with opioid report

President Trump’s drug commission last week called on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic. Few people in this region would disagree with that assessment, especially given some of the clusters of opioid tragedies this summer. The ...

White House should put the lid back on asset forfeiture system

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ...

City residency rule: Seek middle ground that’s fair to all

There was a time when all employees of the City of Williamsport were required to live within the city limits. That is no longer true. City Council rescinded the city residency ordinance earlier this year. As a result, of 218 city employees, 135 live outside the city. There are still ...

McCain: Look beyond politics and offer up a prayer for a true hero

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people ...

Eight firefighters take their dedication to western wildfires

Eight area firefighters were dispatched recently to the western sections of the United States to fight raging wildfire flames. Wildfires have been most prevalent recently in Idaho and parts of California, particularly the Yosemite National Park region. To be dispatched to fight these fires, ...

Group’s push to expand the city’s ‘Heart’ is laudable

A group labeling itself as the Heart of Williamsport has been sponsoring events over the past year geared to gathering a plan of “action items” that could guide the city in a positive direction in the future. The group has recorded 80 in-depth interviews and gathered thoughts from 1,000 ...

Storm presented opportunity to check home emergency plan

Several nights ago the skies opened up – as they have so often this summer. A downpour that was pretty constant for several hours contributed to 3.5 inches of rain in Williamsport over three days and similar amounts throughout the region. Sump pumps were busy and streets were ...

Health care fails as the elected shame themselves

There is probably nothing more personal to people than their health care and how it impacts their family. Without affordable, accessible, competent health care for themselves and their families, most people live their lives on a tightrope each day, forsaking traditional practices because of ...

Senate feeds beast with state budget plan

The state’s late-as-usual budget for 2017-18 lurched toward a settlement late last week with Senate approval of heavy borrowing and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases. The action didn’t make many people happy and leaders of the state House promised heavy scrutiny of the ...

Mosul liberation is a turning point in war against extremists

Enormous challenges lie ahead in rebuilding Mosul, Iraq, after many months of occupation by Islamic terrorists. But liberation of the city recently spotlighted an incredibly important turning point in the war against murderous extremist groups. Once a city of 3 million people, Mosul was ...

Getting community out of ‘the dark’ an overdue goal

Attentive readers will notice we have moved our Community in the Dark symbol to the editorial page, effective today. Despite periodic reminders to readers, we get asked often why the logo is in the newspaper and what it means. To refresh, the symbol and the number associated with it – day ...

Russia probe is so uneven that it puts credibility in question

Of course contacts between Russian officials attempting to influence last year’s presidential election and those around President Donald Trump need to be investigated. That would be a perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Moscow’s meddling in our affairs. So many liberal ...

Credible, in-prison drug treatment plan is worth examining

It’s a simple, common sense approach. Under an in-prison substance abuse treatment program, drug and alcohol addicts would be in a rehabilitative program while serving their sentence. The hope would be that this would increase the likelihood of successful treatment results, which in turn ...

City police staying put; future realities may dictate changes

City police and public safety personnel won’t be relocating to a separate public safety building anytime soon. Given findings of a local consultant’s city-authorized study, that’s probably a good thing. A study on rooms at City Hall indicated it would be more cost-effective to make ...

Airport modernization gets big boost with early grant approval

The modernization of the Williamsport Regional Airport got a big boost last week with earlier-than-expected approval of a $3.3 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. The money will go toward the airport’s new terminal, which is sorely needed. It will pay for milling and ...

12-year-old takes rape kit awareness to another level

Madison Wertz did not rest on her laurels. Months after being named one of the Sun-Gazette’s 2016 people of the year for starting a petition to fund untested rape kits, she has merely expanded the campaign. Last week she turned over 5,000 more signatures to state Rep. Jeff Wheeland’s ...

State System worth preserving, but must make major changes

The tuition for in-state students in the State System of Higher Education, which includes Mansfield and Lock Haven universities, is $7,200. The annual costs for tuition, housing and other fees is about $25,000. About half of the students attending those schools come from families with ...

No August vacations for Senate, House until business is done

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge we have to do that makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Commissioners get a rare dose of hope from Washington

Two Lycoming County Commissioners went to Washington last week and found out federal government leaders might not be as out of touch with local issues as they are often portrayed. "I think they are listening," said Commmissioner Tony Mussare. "That gives us hope." He said, most ...