Editorials

Bail/release program creating huge savings for Lycoming County

It costs $70 a day to house a Lycoming County inmate out of the county. So obviously, when the county can prevent that, it's a welcome, saved expense. Enter its bail/release program, which was so effective and oft-used in 2018 it saved the county more than $3 million. The bail-release ...

Route 220 safety project is finally near work stage

After decades of talking, planning, discussing and strategizing, the Route 220 safety corridor project is about to become real. The $37.6 million project is expected to be bid this summer and actual work is expected to begin in earnest in October. Following some initial work in the fall and ...

U.S. should take lead in battling new Ebola outbreak

We Americans have been very lucky in many ways. One of them involves the truly horrific disease Ebola. Few people in this country have given Ebola much thought since the severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-16. It killed more than 11,300 people, primarily in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Before ...

‘Reasonable’ hike in minimum wage due; amount is key

The minimum wage in Pennsylvania is $7.25 an hour. It has been at that level since 2009. That's too low and 10 years of stagnation at that amount is too long. Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman of Centre County seem to agree that it is time to raise ...

Biblegate reveals the desperation to be critical of Trump

President Donald Trump is not the first politician to be the target of nitpicking by those who just can’t stand him, and he will not be the last. Still, the most recent episode — let us call it Biblegate — reaches new heights of desperation to find something, anything, to criticize about ...

Lawmakers get a look at Penn College template for success

The state’s lawmakers are working on a Workplace Development Package, a set of bills aimed at smoothly placing students in careers. To that end, several members of the state House Majority Policy Committee recently toured the Pennsylvania College of Technology. They could not have picked ...

Recertifying levee: Runaway costs with hazy payment plan

The cost of recertifying the levee in Williamsport is closing in on $2 million. And that, unfortunately, is just the start. The cost of repairing crosspipes in the levee will push the project cost to $8 million. Other costs – replacement of an “I” wall with a T-shaped wall on the ...

Everett talk puts gas tax, wage hike in proper place

Meeting recently with the Sun-Gazette editorial board, state Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region, touched on a number of topics, but we were struck most by the discussions on the proposed gas severance tax and minimum wage hike. Everett said he is not ...

Heroin network leader gets lengthy, necessary sentence

The mastermind for a regionwide heroin distribution network was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison last week. The tale told through Kalif English’s words prior to sentencing as well as the indictment that led to his conviction is scary and instructive. English grew up fatherless on ...

The McSally experience: Long past time for this type of horror to end

Arizonan Martha McSally spent 26 years in the military, becoming the first female Air Force pilot to fly in combat. She went on to a successful career in politics, leading her to the U.S. Senate. Clearly, she is a strong woman. Yet she was shaken deeply on Wednesday, as she participated ...

River Valley Transit: A 50-year template of practical success

The city of Williamsport took the unusual step in 1968 to purchase the Williamsport Bus Co. for $75,000 and establish a municipality-run transit system. It was considered quite a gamble at the time. The intervening five decades have shown countless examples of government takeovers on the ...

North Korea: Trust, but verify has never been more important

The thoughtful among President Donald Trump’s severest critics have had to join with his supporters in giving him a thumbs-up for walking away from a summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un several days ago. Trump was right to refuse to be the newest chump in North Korea’s ...

Alize Johnson’s gift shows he – and his heart – remember

Alize Johnson’s road to the National Basketball Association started on the hard courts at Memorial Park. Clearly, he has not forgotten. Even better than his memory is his heart. He announced this week his foundation will give up to $150,000 to construct two NBA-quality courts at Memorial ...

Letting ‘sunshine’ in: It’s tricky, but we’re trying our best

We are in the midst of Sunshine Week. No, we don't mean the weather, though the sunshine these past few days has been nice. The sunshine, in this case, is a journalistic term that refers to letting the daylight in your news. That translates into the truth, as close as we can get to it, ...

School threat system: First-month numbers show the necessity

Pennsylvania is the first state to implement a school threat reporting program that also includes training schools, students, 911 operators and a team that fields calls in the state attorney general's office to properly respond to calls. In the first month of the program, the system received ...

Brown’s aborted presidential bid a Dem alarm bell

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by fellow Ohioans as a disappointment — and by Democrats nationwide as an alarm ...

‘Spoofing’ bill to end phone harassment must be passed by Congress

Many of us have heard the phone ring, glanced down at the caller ID and seen the name and number of someone we know, answered the phone — and found ourselves talking to someone with a sales pitch or worse, a scam. It is called “spoofing,” and it enables the unscrupulous to get to us ...

The other crisis – national debt – that no one fixes

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. Consider just one aspect of the debt: Federal government spending totals about $4.4 trillion a year. Of that amount, more than ...

Gateway project finally includes first major work

If you like true redevelopment – when ideas blossom into visual progress - your time is near regarding the changes east of Market Street known as the East Third Street/Old City Gateway Revitalization Project. More than $6 million in construction on areas east of Market Street is scheduled ...

Bill requiring Megan’s Law registry for sex traffickers overdue

Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate that would require offenders convicted of any sex trafficking-related offenses to register with the Megan's Law sex offender registry. The bill would amend the existing law to classify the convictions relating to human trafficking in the ...