Editorials

Take the judge’s lead and attack the heroin problem

"We're losing a generation."That was the blunt assessment of Lycoming County President Judge Nancy L. Butts last week. She was reacting to what she sees in her drug court. She was reacting to the establishment of a methadone clinic on Lycoming Creek Road to provide the lesser potent synthetic ...

Embassy closings show anti-terrorism strategy not working

The decision to close U.S. diplomatic outposts in 19 cities in the Middle East and elsewhere in Muslim areas, was "not an indication of a new threat" from Islamic terrorists, a State Department spokeswoman insisted Sunday.She maintained it was only because of "an abundance of caution."That is ...

Obamacare: Before it’s too late, it must be repealed

Maybe it's a good thing that Congress took its summer recess.Hopefully, they are talking with constituents about the health care law that will start to take full effect shortly after they return.Unless every survey regarding Obamacare is woefully inaccurate, the majority of Americans don't like ...

Drawing the line on landlord-tenant ordinance for city

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana says he was told by residents at a recent town hall meeting to do whatever he can to put slumlords out of business.We agree with him - almost.A lot of Williamsport's crime problems have their root in tenants who aren't here to live and work, but rather to ...

It’s series time: Welcome to our city, area, stage

Welcome, world, to the Little League World Series, an event that has grown gradually through seven decades to the point where most of the globe knows about our area.There is Williamsport, the home of Little League Baseball, and South Williamsport, the home of the international complex that ...

Another anti-liquor privatization attacks proves inaccurate

One of the many bogus arguments made this past spring against privatization of the Pennsylvania liquor store system was that privatizing liquor stores would kill people.The party line of opponents to liquor privatization was that making sales available in that manner would lead to more drunken ...

Bipartisan group takes the correct approach on coal ash

A broad, bipartisan coalition of lawmakers supports Rep. David McKinley's bill to regulate coal ash.Democrats in the Senate should take the same open-minded view of the measure.House of Representatives members approved the bill, HR 2218, last week, by a wide margin and with bipartisan ...

Ugly gun numbers call for aggressive approach locally

The Sun-Gazette published some admittedly ugly numbers in last Sunday's edition.The numbers related to the frequency of gun crime and gun-related deaths in Williamsport and outlying areas both in the past decade and this year in particular.The numbers indicate shootings and death by gun crime ...

New EPA leader is in denial on the issue of coal

New Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy made it clear recently where she stands on the war on coal: She is in denial and wants other Americans to share her refusal to accept the truth.In her first speech as EPA director, McCarthy insisted President Barack Obama's plan to ...

Crime watch programs get a timely boost and promises of help

Lycoming County District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt pledged his support for Neighborhood Crime Watch groups in the county last week.Then he did more.He promised a training program to help watch groups act responsibly and safely as the eyes and ears of law enforcement.He promised financial ...

Obama administration suddenly mum on abuses of women

A centerpiece of President Obama's campaign to re-election was the "Republican war on women."The president and his advisers were quick to pounce on every unfortunate or offensive remark made by any Republican candidate regarding women. Whether it was accurate or not, Republicans were painted as ...

A-Rod can’t obscure sea change against PEDs in baseball

Major League Baseball on Monday announced suspensions of 13 players for their relationship with Biogenesis of America, a Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. Many people viewed it as an historically bad day for baseball, matched only by the Black ...

Heroic giving must continue to make United Way plan work

The Lycoming County United Way has set an ambitious fundraising goal for the campaign that begins in September of $1.725 million.The organization can't afford to do otherwise.A reading of the headlines every day brings into clear focus that the needs answered by these fundraising dollars ...

Hagel should be asked if Pentagon has reformed itself

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon's civilian workers.In a speech to Defense Department employees in Charleston, S.C. recently, the Defense Secretary predicted hundreds of thousands ...

Separating gas drilling fact from fiction – study is a good first step

The participants at the recent Congressional Natural Gas Caucus hearings recently at Pennsylvania College of Technology said the economic impact of shale production is a "game changer."That's hardly a surprising observation coming from a largely pro-gas industry gathering, but the economic ...

Congress must attempt to alter the course of the World Bank

For decades, leaders of the World Bank have recognized one of the surest ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to help their residents obtain reasonably priced electricity. That farsighted philosophy appears to have been scrapped.If the World Bank pursues the new strategy espoused ...

Detroit offers some sobering lessons for state to learn

Detroit, once a shining symbol of American invention and prosperity, is bankrupt.The bankruptcy declared two weeks ago has been awhile in the making.This sad development carries an instructive lesson. The city's unions, so instrumental in the growth of the car industry decades ago, were founded ...

Water well testing play big step forward for Lycoming County

It all sounds so technical.The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved a $250,000 grant application last week that, if approved, will fund a locally unprecedented project to support a countywide groundwater quality monitoring project.Translated into simple English, that means a ...

Impact fees give city chance to meet overdue street needs

Call it the eye test. More appropriately, call it the shock absorber test.Whatever you term it, our suspicion is that most motorists driving the streets of Williamsport would say they are in worse shape than normal.Making matters worse, the cost to repair streets has gone up 10 percent due to ...

Sending Americans into Syrian civil war: Don’t do it

Presidents are right to insist the Pentagon prepare contingency plans to meet any eventuality, no matter how remote the possibility they may be used.But sending Americans into combat in the Syrian civil war is such an insane idea that Congress should make it clear that if President Barack Obama ...