Editorials

Pre-Release Center alternatives may not be that easy to find

It costs about $2 million a year to operate the Lycoming County Pre-Release Center, which is designed to gain employment for offenders and otherwise rehabilitate them. So despite the center’s multifaceted record of success, the Lycoming County Commissioners recently wondered aloud whether a ...

Newberry stage: Correct idea that needs survey input

A common complaint of residents in Williamsport’s Newberry section over the years has been that the West End plays second fiddle to the rest of the city, including the aspect of places for community gatherings and events. Former Mayor Philip E. Preziosi is trying to do something about that ...

Special Olympics: An unmatched local stage for 30 years

In 1989, a small advertisement was run in the Sun-Gazette appealing to people to get involved in the revival of the Special Olympics program, which had lost its local accreditation due to changes in national rules. Apparently, people with full consciences and the correct spirit noticed the ...

Protect U.S. in space, yes; Create a new bureaucracy, no

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

As schools reopen, safety concerns have deserved priority

“If kids don’t feel safe, they can’t learn.” That succinct summation by Mark Stamm, South Williamsport Area School District superintendent, is clearly shared by all of Lycoming County’s superintendents. Until recent decades, it was not an observation that would have quickly ...

Manchin keeping open mind on Kavanaugh; So should other Dems

Perhaps with a bit of egg on their faces because of what U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin did recently, his fellow Democrats in the Senate have altered their tactics regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They will stop shunning Kavanaugh, as they have done quite literally, top Senate ...

River Walk joins the state’s elite, gets running mate

The Susquehanna River Walk was first envisioned in 2000. It was included in the 2002 Susquehanna Greenway Partnership Strategic Vision and became a reality in 2008. Even as it was being constructed, the River Walk was attracting curiosity seekers who would use it for an impromptu stroll, ...

The push against ‘fake news’ should be everyone’s fight

The Boston Globe has called for a national editorial pushback from newspapers today regarding President Trump’s characterization of the media as traffickers of “fake news” and the “enemy of the people.” Let’s start with what you are reading in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. It is ...

LLB Series: A stage that all of America can be proud of

It’s safe to say the multifaceted Little League World Series that unfolds starting tonight is a spectacle unlike any other in America. And yet it embodies so much of the spirit that is emblematic of our country. It starts with a community opening its arms to the world, as in the kickoff ...

Local firefighters bring western blazes much closer to home

Those wildfires you keep reading and hearing about in California and Utah are, in some ways, a lot closer to us than you think. That is, if you are a firefighter. Sam Raisch is among seven people from the Deparrtment of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, District 16 at ...

The run is over, but Keystone all-stars achieved like few others before them

For a long stretch of this summer, Keystone Little League’s all-star team was on a path to repeat the historic run of several years ago, when Keystone made the Little League World Series. The path ended with a loss to Maryland Thursday night in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Bristol, Conn., ...

Arizona’s division over ICE illustrates political polarization

The polarization of politics has become so bad that some liberal Democrats in Arizona are criticizing one of their party’s candidates for the U.S. Senate for refusing to join calls to eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And, some far-left complainers say, U.S. Rep. ...

Grafius Run survey meshes with reality of summer storms

Williamsport officials have begun to distribute a survey door-to-door asking residents for damage assessments caused by Grafius Run floods over the past 10 years. Given the rash of torrential rain storms in recent weeks, the timing could not be better. We suspect some of the residents ...

FDA crackdowns insult the intelligence of most Americans

Surely the Food and Drug Administration has something better to do than launch a crackdown on producers of soy, almond and similar beverages labeled as “milk.” Apparently not. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is telling reporters that his agency may begin enforcing a federal regulation ...

Lagging internet options hurt region, need quick solution

It’s not a secret that a significant portion of our lives – especially the working part of it – is heavily impacted by usage of broadband Internet. So when residents of our region don’t have adequate Internet service, they are probably working at a competitive disadvantage ...

Squabbles underscore significance of city government referendum

The latest squabble between Williamsport City Council and Mayor Gabriel J. Campana involves insurance broker shopping. Council says the mayor is trying to stop the shopping for an insurance broker who is supposed to work with council and the administration to find the best insurance agencies ...

‘Gag orders’ and city business are never a good mix

Penn Strategies is a consulting firm charged with doing the city of Williamsport’s bidding on grants and other funding totaling in the millions of dollars and pertaining to a variety of important initiatives. The firm is, in effect, the city’s key financial agent in attempts to secure ...

North Korea meets one promise of accord, but more is needed

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...