Opinion

Regulating Pennsylvania out of business

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Rural Pennsylvania's chances to ever have a strong economy again are severely at risk. Gov. Tom Wolf filled the leadership posts of two agencies - the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - with alumni from the radical environmental ...

American Muslims: Alienation or integration?

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Ron Haddad is police chief of Dearborn, Michigan, a Detroit suburb. Dearborn is often referred to as the Arab Capital of North America since one-third of Dearborn's residents are Arab-Americans or of Arab descent. In a recent article in Politico, Michael Hirsh observed that the question Haddad ...

Strategy needed to fight the danger of cyber terrorism

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Cyber terrorism - for profit, not twisted ideology - has become a clear and present danger to Americans. If there is a cohesive strategy to defeat it, it is not working.On Monday, hackers crippled computer networks at several hospitals in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. The facilities are ...

School districts on budget brink while Wolf stalls solutions

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The prolonged state budget battle has the leaders of Lycoming County's eight public school districts existing in limbo, trying to figure out when their belated state aid will be coming, how much it will be and whether they can keep their operations afloat until then.The Williamsport Area School ...

Give commission more input before park project is done

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With Williamsport City Council's blessing, the city is in the grant-seeking portion of its $558,000 plan for site improvements at Brandon Park.The city needs to meet an April 13 deadline for seeking a $250,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. That grant ...

New city chief correctly spotlights heroin epidemic

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Williamsport's new police chief, David J. Young, on Monday cited the fight against the scourge of heroin among his top priorities.And well he should.Young, a former state police captain, is the city's 38th police chief. We doubt any of them have had a tougher challenge than the one he is ...

Royalty bill needs passed to assure landowner fairness

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State Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region, is trying again to get landowners what they deserve for leasing properties for gas drilling. Everett reintroduced the legislation last year after an early, more comprehensive version hit major resistance and was ...

This Pennsylvania Primary matters; Will voters respond?

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Pennsylvania presidential primary elections, coming late in the spring election season, don't normally merit much attention or importance.And the voter response normally matches the situation, with turnouts typically in the 15 percent range.Well, responsible Pennsylvania should be circling the ...

Ratings agencies see much not to like in state budget

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HARRISBURG - In the days after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf finally put a stake in the Pennsylvania budget impasse that has captured the Capitol for more than a year, his office wasted no time in publicizing three analyses by financial firms that delved into what it means for the state's future. ...

An Epidemic of Hope

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Only light can cast out darkness.It's imperative that we keep this in mind as we consider the stronghold that heroin and opioid abuse currently has on our communities.The statistics surrounding the expansion of this epidemic are staggering.The trends unfolding daily in research and news reports ...

Obama lectures on Constitution hypocritical

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President Barack Obama warned recently that Republican senators risk damaging the Supreme Court nomination process "beyond repair" if they continue to reject action on his nominee for the high court.In an op-ed article published in a Houston newspaper, Obama claims the GOP action "betray(s) the ...

Pentagon-Obama talks on Iraq plan must be realistic

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Pentagon officials said they plan to meet soon with President Barack Obama to discuss sending more U.S. troops to Iraq to fight Islamic terrorists. Let us hope the conversation is militarily realistic, not politically correct.As we have pointed out, Obama likes to remind Americans he is ...

Heroin death label: Sobering weapon against the madness

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In 2015, 24 people died of overdose related deaths in Lycoming County. At the current pace, the number will grow in 2016.After each of those deaths, Lycoming County Coroner Chuck Kiessling Jr. has the unenviable task of seeing victims and classifying their deaths.After attending the funeral for ...

VA should never get to move past its long-term failures

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It has been two years since a whistleblower revealed military veterans were being forced by the Phoenix veterans hospital to wait months for health care they needed. Some died while they waited.After the revelations, some Department of Veterans Affairs officials tried to cover up the wait-list ...

Wolf: Not so fast on Pennsylvania budget solution

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Just when it looks like Pennsylvania might have a living, breathing state budget, Gov. Tom Wolf keeps coming up with new reasons to keep it from happening.After giving indications he would not veto the final legislation for the budget, Wolf on Monday vetoed the fiscal code, a separate budget ...

Municipalities should have to pay fee for state police services

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In late 2013, the state Legislature approved a huge increase in fuel taxes and motorist fees with the intent of shoring up Pennsylvania's highways and bridges.Less than three years later, the pot of money is not so huge and alarmed transportation planners are concerned they won't be able to ...

Obama theory on Cuba not proving out

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People who have reason to hope that their native land will become less repressive do not risk their lives in small boats on the Atlantic Ocean and do so in the hope of better lives in the United States.One wonders if that occurred to President Barack Obama as he was planning his trip to Cuba.A ...

Raul Castro gets taste of a real news conference

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Cuban President Raul Castro is never, ever asked embarrassing questions by those in his country's state-run "news" media. But during a joint appearance with U.S. President Barack Obama last Monday in Havana, an American reporter asked Castro about political prisoners held by the regime.Even ...

Transparency: It’s not that hard to make the grade

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How transparent are the local governments of our region in providing the basic information taxpayers need to monitor public representatives without working at it?Generally, they are pretty transparent, according to a multifaceted test administered in recent weeks by the Sun-Gazette.The ...

Another terrorism tragedy met with tone-deaf reaction

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And so it has happened again. Another horrific terrorist attack, this time in Brussels, Belgium, resulted in more death, destruction, worldwide trauma and chaos. It's fair to wonder where this terrorism situation is headed. It's fair to wonder what the solution is to this terrorism.In the ...