Editorials

Democrat melting pot turns vicious over Schultz’s possible run

Liberal leaders are so angry about any potential challenges to the Democratic Party’s new far-left orthodoxy that some are beginning to sound like positively vicious. Take the reaction to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s decision to consider running for president as an independent. ...

Border security ‘compromise’ far short of solution

It was called a border security compromise. But the bill signed by President Donald Trump Friday seemed to have a lot more give on his side than by Democratic lawmakers. In the end, Trump has gotten enough funding to construct another 55 miles of wall, which is an absolutely necessary at ...

Veterans Court a long-overdue and correct rehab tool

They put their lives on the line in the service of our country and in places throughout the world, defending freedom. Or they are stateside and perform important, understated duties on behalf of all of us. When their time of duty is up, many military veterans are expected to return to a ...

State budget plan can be improved in coming months

While Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal emphasis on a battery of job training initiatives hat would improve Pennsylvania's labor force capabilities is correct, the proposed budget is not without flaws. For starters, the $34.1 billion plan represents $1.9 billion in new spending, or a 6 percent ...

Career Pathways can blaze trail to future for some

It's pretty hard for a person to blaze a successful future without a high school diploma. But for a variety of reasons, that's the reality for some people in our region. A special partnership between Careerlink and Penn State University's Career Pathways Program is solving a lot of that ...

Rep. King, Gov. Northam underscore what can’t be tolerated in America

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true or not can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of ...

Historic fentanyl border bust shows enormity of problem

Two summers ago residents of this region witnessed the scary power of fentanyl, when a particularly lethal batch of the opioid being sold on streets locally led to several fatal drug overdoses. So the significance of a recent historic bust regarding fentanyl at the Arizona-Mexico border ...

Tony DiSalvo: A life lived to benefit of our community

The son of immigrants, Tony DiSalvo was given one overriding lesson of patriotism when attending parades with his father: Respect for the country he was living in, the United States of America. He was told to always stand when the flag went by. Not only did he never forget the lesson, he ...

Foundation grants will fill some vital community needs

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania recently awarded nearly $3 million in grants to community organizations. The allocations came at the end of a highly competitive process that included $6.4 million worth of requests from 32 different organizations. We are certain ...

Proactive approach to curbing mass violence deserves full support

How often after a tragic school shooting have we heard those who knew the shooter tell us they weren't surprised at all that (insert name here) did something like this? While the passionate debate over gun restrictions takes up most of the oxygen in the discussion about how to best prevent ...

Two more pieces proposed to fight opioid epidemic

It turns out the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania may be even worse than the gloomy facts already reported. According to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study, thousands of fatal overdoses caused by synthetic opioids have gone unreported nationwide during the past ...

Second summit comes with still unanswered North Korea questions

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Wolf’s budget plan: Correct emphasis, details will be vital

To use a well-worn phrase, the devil will be in the details regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address emphasis on a statewide initiative to build a stronger work force for the future. But his emphasis is correct. It is the business of state government, business organizations and all ...

The Covington story: What happens when evil gets invented

So eager have too many Americans become to find people to call evil that we have taken to inventing them. That attitude, a form of aggressive mental laziness, itself is wrong. Thoughtful people — which represents the overwhelming majority of the nation, in our opinion — were reminded ...

Gas severance tax must solve problem to be worth fallout

For the fifth straight year, Gov. Tom Wolf is seeking a severance tax on the production of natural gas in Pennsylvania. As he was announcing it Thursday, state Sen. Gene Yaw, a Loyalsock Republican who represents our region, was telling a Sun-Gazette editorial board that he could accept a ...

Venezuela’s best hope is changing leaders without civil war

Venezuela is the 10th-biggest oil producer in the world. It may have larger petroleum reserves than any other country. Yet socialism has devastated the nation’s economy to the point that there are shortages of food. About three million Venezuelans have fled their homeland during the past ...

Economy is strong, and facts override spin to illustrate it

These are politically-charged times and interpreting the strength of the U.S. economy is no exception. Political foes of the current administration like to insist that the strength of the nation’s economy is either a fluke, a fraud or was created in the eight years previous to 2017. So ...

A new level of regional thinking needed on levee

Not only is certification of the levee protecting Wiliamsport and surrounding communities necessary, it is complex. Stormwater management upgrades and pollution reduction mandates must be met in concert with the recertification process. Besides being necessary and complex, the process is ...

Hopefully, stability at hand for city’s police chief spot

We sincerely hope the Williamsport police chief merry-go-round has stopped. In October, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana tapped Capt. Jody Miller as chief to replace retiring Chief Dave Young. Miller then decided before Christmas to pursue employment at the Williamsport Area School District. He ...

Park Avenue plan – challenging task needs more support

Consultants shepherding the Park Avenue Plan in Williamsport held a recent open house seeking input on the planned revitalization of that area. They got plenty of what they wanted regarding an area that encompasses Park Avenue between Hepburn and Walnut streets and dips south toward Little ...