Editorials

Sadly, Casey joins Secretary of State Pompeo resistance

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey sat in Sun-Gazette offices in late February and talked about the need for bipartisanship and civility in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Nice words. Then last week, Sen. Casey voted against Michael Pompeo’s confirmation as secretary of state, ...

Right-to-Know Law takes hit at altar of rushed redistricting

Supporters of the state Supreme Court redistricting ruling have made the point that the ruling was an independent judgment of the justices. And Gov. Tom Wolf’s office never misses an opportunity to spout self-proclaimed transparency values. Recently, a Right to Know request was made by ...

Honorable Speaker Ryan will take some frustration back with him to Wisconsin

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said recently he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, a ...

Williamsport and Towanda may have a new ‘opportunity’

They are fittingly called Opportunity Zones. And hopefully, the legislation enabling them will create opportunities where there presently are none in Williamsport and Towanda. The new Opportunity Zone program was created with Congressional approval in December of the tax reform/jobs ...

Social media users give up privacy rights at their peril

If you want an idea of the magnitude of the privacy scandal involving Facebook, consider this: There are about 117 million households in the United States, according to the Census Bureau. As many as 87 million people, most in this country, had personal data collected by Facebook accessed by ...

Feds plan to spend $4.6 billion to fight opioid crisis; Is it enough?

Federal officials plan to spend $4.6 billion to battle the opioid addiction crisis this year. That represents a substantial new emphasis on dealing with a very real crisis. But is it enough? Drug abuse is killing about 42,000 people a year in the United States. Yet much more federal money ...

Matteo’s term saw key advancements for local chamber

Seventeen years is a long time to manage the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, the area’s most vital economic development organization. It’s a long enough term for success and defeat, development of friends and adversaries, and thousands of daily decisions that guide the ...

Lycoming County’s new comprehensive plan reflects local priorities

Beyond the written document, comprehensive plans reflect priorities, vision and direction. While there are a host of local zoning and ordinance provisions and changes tied to the plan, the sexier part of the Lycoming County comprehensive plan is the development priorities for the future. A ...

Array of projects geared to safer, better local roads

Pennsylvania has a well-earned reputation for a highway system that is not in the best of shape. Whether it’s the sharp climate contrasts that lead to a difficult freeze-thaw cycle or the extraordinary amount of winding highways or just priority errors over the years, the roads never seem ...

Staff reduction plan for Lyoming County is worth monitoring

With the Lycoming County budget becoming more constricted every year, the commissioners set a goal to reduce staff by 20 positions during 2018. The stated goal is to get more control over the day-to-day operations budget. The plan was to reduce staff through attrition, or by eliminating ...

Barbara Bush: She was genuine in ways that made her special

Barbara Bush was more than a beloved first lady to many Americans. In some ways, she felt like the first grandmother. Bush died this week at age 92, after instructing her doctors to stop treatment that might have prolonged her life. It was typical of a woman who, while in the White House, ...

County re-entry services contract worth renewing

There are two ways to look at the contract between Lycoming County and GEO Group to provide re-entry services to the county. That probably explains the split vote this past week on approval of a new agreement between the county and GEO. On the one hand, the new agreement calls for a ...

Syria: Deterrence was the only option; Let’s hope it yields results

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

North Korean dictator is never sincere; meeting demands toughness

Are U.S. officials being played like the proverbial violin by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Let us hope not — but at the same time, let us not make the mistake of assuming there is a sincere, humane bone in Kim’s body. Mike Pompeo, the CIA chief soon to become secretary of state, met ...

Long-overdue street improvements finally near for Williamsport

Hillside Avenue in the Williamsport’s West End is one of the most deteriorated streets in the city. The street is so bad that when it was milled down as the first step in its resurfacing its condition already was improved. And it is not the only street in Williamsport in that condition. ...

Pipers and Engel are perfect LCUW award winners

Lots of people spend portions of their lives dedicated to causes dear to them. Dr. John Jr. and Margaret Piper go beyond that in their volunteer efforts on behalf of the Lycoming County United Way. They have pretty much spent a lifetime in service to the agency. They have been heavily ...

Local preservationist Ted Lyon leaves legacy worth emulating

When you drive or walk through Williamsport’s Millionaires Row, it will be nearly impossible to not pass some visual imprint of Edward “Ted” Lyon. Lyon died recently, but his dedication to preserving the city’s historic district will live in on for generations. The integrity of the ...

Youth Coalition grant much more than funding win

On the surface, it looks like just another grant to a program. But the background of the $16,650 in grant funding from the Community Drug Abuse Prevention Grant Program to the Youth Development Task Force of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition is about much more than dollars and ...

Organ donation: A chance to save a life, with unmatched emotional dividend

We can think of no greater impact a person can have than to save the life of another human being. And if you are reading this, you likely are capable of making that impact. April is Donate Life Month, which is meant to encourage people to sign up to be an organ or soft tissue donor. Each ...