Editorials

Remember the hero but not gunman

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied to him. Riley Howell should be remembered. When the ...

Pa. should not legalize use of marijuana for ‘recreation’

While some states are legalizing the recreational use of marijuana — all but one through voter referendums — Pennsylvania should not. The reasons are sound: Legalizing pot for open use creates a health risk, puts the public at risk on the roads and in the workplace. In addition, what ...

Barr was right not to participate when rule changed

Congressional hearings often have far less to do with getting information than with giving lawmakers public platforms on which to advance their own interests. Witness the number of times celebrities rather than genuine experts are called to testify. They draw more attention from the press. At ...

Murder charges for opioid drug dealers in state? Why not?

There are 20 states that now have so-called “drug-induced homicide” laws that carry the same sentences as murder and manslaughter when someone dies from opioids dealt to them. Pennsylvania should become number 21, in our view. In the past year in Pennsylvania, there have been 19,000 ...

A healthy remake for another vacant building in city

There is nothing more depressing for a city than clusters of empty buildings. It indicates a stagnant economic state and a shaky future. Such buildings also are fire traps and a potential nesting place for crime and illegal drug trafficking. Conversely, there are few things more ...

Welcome to stardom, Eastern Hellbender

We loved seeing the photo of all of the smiling young faces surrounding our state’s governor on the front page of a recent edition of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. The reason for the occasion was the designation of the Eastern Hellbender as the official state amphibian. With state Sen. Gene ...

State experiencing some record trends on economic front

In case you have not noticed, we live in cynical times. Good news tends to be greeted by naysaying from a largely negative media. The economy is no exception to the tone of the times. Presidential candidates openly tout socialism as a campaign centerpiece and a superior alternative to the ...

Locked gates do not speak to bigger issue

City residents are understandably frustrated with the situation involving the city brush and mulch pile and the mounting piles of yard debris lining streets citywide. As they try to adapt to limited hours to gain access, they expect somebody to be at the gate to let them in during the hours ...

Some good ideas we’d like to see become reality

State Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our area, recently took up a number of issues during a telephone town hall with area residents. Among the issues he took up is one that’s high on the list of stuff everyone dislikes — property taxes. Property tax ...

Civilized world reminded again of Islamic terrorism

Only about 7.5 percent of Sri Lankans are Christians, but even that tiny number apparently is intolerable to Muslim extremists. On Easter Sunday morning, as many of the country’s Christians were celebrating Easter, the terrorists slaughtered nearly 300 of them in a series of church bombings. ...

High court leaning toward non-judicial redistricting plans

Pennsylvania’s State Supreme Court enforced a redrawing of district maps last year that had major implications in elections. It was heavy-handed and more political than we’d like courts to be, especially because the orders came just a few months before an election. Since then, there has ...

Old ‘Y’ building finally finds that safe landing spot

The former YMCA building at the entrance to Williamsport’s historic district on West Fourth Street is vacant and looking quite dilapidated on the outside. On the inside, it has 14,000 square feet of floors and a basement that are in the repair-or-demolish phase of their life. Fortunately, ...

Three community stalwarts receive overdue honors

Oftentimes, we do not find out how much people are doing for the community until they are introduced when receiving long-overdue community honors. Such was the case with three community stalwarts who were deservedly honored at the recent Central Pennsylvania State of Israel Bonds ...

Rural broadband infrastructure key for Northern Tier

Infrastructure improvements used to be code language for work needed on streets and highways and modernization of water and sewer capabilities. It still stands for that. But where the most rural portions of our region are concerned, the need for broadband internet service is the top ...

Barr on spying: If it occurred here, we need to know

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress this past week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Electronic monitoring program shows positive signs

Five years ago, facing a major, costly prison overcrowding problem, Lycoming County instituted a reentry program that essentially trimmed the prison population by using alternative means for those facing court penalties. The program has not been an unqualified success. It has its critics. It ...

3 students take caring further

Jersey Shore teacher Karen Fausnaught recently asked her students to answer this question: Who are your hometown heroes and how can we tell their story? Three girls, Ariah Butler, Breanna Porter and Emma Kauffman, read of local homelessness and the work the American Rescue Workers do ...

Assange must face trial in United States

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons, ...

A lightly-regarded asset may lure industry to area

Infrastructure is the poor stepchild of economic development. We all want new business, new industry and the new jobs that are the stuff of economic development. But having the proper infrastructure intact to service that new business or industry is not something people focus on or deem an ...

Kids United project is more than worth community support

We all want life — and all its daily trappings — to be as close to normal as possible. But for kids with cognitive or physical disabilities, normal is not an option. And that includes everything, including a place to play with other kids. A community alliance of individuals and groups ...