Editorials

Firetree Place may be hoops solution for kids

Alize Johnson, the former Bishop Neumann basketball star, has established himself as something even more important than National Basketball Association player. It turns out he’s a pretty solid citizen of this community who has not forgotten his roots. So, when one attempt to give back to ...

Numbers, eye test show library system to be a unique asset

In an age when Twitter and Wikipedia have replaced traditional forms of information transportation, libraries throughout the nation are suffering a loss of identity and relevancy. Happily, the Lycoming County Library System is a glaring exception. It feels like the system of six libraries ...

Democrats should turn down Cohen’s pandering

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded ...

Redistricting panel has monstrous task

Unfair, detrimental and unethical were the words attached to the system of redistricting in Pennsylvania at a recent local hearing facilitated by the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission. The commission has been tasked by Gov. Wolf with studying best practices for nonpartisan ...

All school boards should address rise of vaping

There’s a new threat to the health of our children. It’s vaping, in which electronic devices — e-cigarettes — heat a liquid and produce an aerosol that delivers nicotine and other substances. The Centers for Disease Control says the use of e-cigarettes is unsafe for kids, teens and ...

Government’s hands should not control health care choices

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont Independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

Highway projects menu is dramatic — and necessary

Local state Department of Transportation officials have been presenting annual plans to the Sun-Gazette editorial board for more than a decade. We are pretty certain the docket has never included a battery of major work to match this year’s, with 2019 seeing reconstruction of West Fourth ...

Flooded Midwest farmers get assist from local FFA

It’s called a bomb-cyclone. It’s a hurricane-like winter storm that combines heavy rains with strong winds and some early spring snowfall. Common to the Midwest, such a bomb-cyclone recently cause crop and livestock losses, flooding and damage in Nebraska of more than $800 million. The ...

City financial accounting must improve, quickly

You would think getting a monthly financial report for the city of williamsport would be a no-brainer for City Council’s finance committee. Not so fast. Councilwoman Liz Miele, head of council’s finance committee, said recently she has not received a finance statement since the end of ...

At least take a look at Trump health care fix

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Chamber levee donation welcome

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce recently approved giving $500,000 toward the local levee recertification, which carries an overall price tag of $16 million. Obviously, this donation alone won’t solve the funding shortfall. But it’s laudable action by the chamber that ...

Use caution with Wolf’s gas tax proposal

In his relentless push for a natural gas severance tax, Gov. Tom Wolf has gotten much better at the practical side of the initiative. His latest rendition, outlined at a public meeting hosted by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s regional director recently, calls for ...

Firearms limits may backfire on victims

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California ...

Tougher state pension forfeiture law merited for abuse of public

We doubt there are many things that anger citizen taxpayers more than having public officials and government employees convicted of crimes retaining their pensions, especially when those pensions are so much more generous than those of almost all private-sector employees. So we are heartened ...

The Kane story takes the final, inevitable turn

Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane officially lost her law license recently and was disbarred, a few months after she began a jail sentence for perjury, obstruction and other counts. It was the closing of a sad chapter for the state’s legal system and Kane, who was embraced ...

Town hall take:Vet services improving, but more is needed

Health care for retired and former military service personnel has been documented as woefully inadequate in recent years, with incidents of incompetence and poor performance spotlighted. Local veterans were not exempt from the shortcomings. The good is that a recent town hall in downtown ...

Arts: One of city’s greatest treasures

Williamsport has highlighted the arts — in its downtown and its culture — more than most cities its size. The emphasis is about to take another visual step forward. A mosaic celebrating the arts will be unveiled downtown this spring. The artist is David Stabley, a professor at ...

Doing away with fossil fuels: There simply is no affordable alternate

Regardless of what you may hear from leftist members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable ...

Park Avenue Plan: The focus is simple but it is correct

There is nothing magical about the Park Avenue Plan approved by City Council recently. It may take up to 15 years to complete and the goals are not grandiose. But if the plan is accomplished to a significant degree, it will amount to a major step forward for the city of ...

First Lady’s mission: Make bureaucracies more meaningful

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking much about a problem — but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump recently breaks the mold. Mrs. Trump called a meeting at the White House of the Interagency Working ...