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Opinion

East Lycoming’s STEM-business program shines

Editorials

Imagine an East Lycoming School District student sitting in a problem-solving meeting with a local business, or working to improve its product or an advertisement of it. Imagine no more. It’s a reality. Michael Pawlik, East Lycoming School District superintendent, recently highlighted a ...

Green breakthroughs from unlikely source

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Environmentalists just got some great news. America’s power plants will emit 2.3 percent less carbon dioxide this year compared to 2018. Even better, emissions will continue falling next year, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This progress ...

DEA’S response to opioids plague

Editorials

"We found that DEA was slow to respond to the significant increase in the use and diversion of opioids since 2000.” This past week the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice released a summary of its look at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s pathetic response to the ...

Trump’s effort to damage Biden could backfire badly

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Is President Trump going to get Joe Biden elected? Opinions vary widely on how to characterize Trump’s now-infamous conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. The president believes it was “perfect” and “beautiful.” In the middle are those who think it was bad and ...

Connections crucial to individuals — to our communities

Editorials

Stay connected. Live with purpose. Keep moving, and eat right too. That recipe for achieving a longer life with optimal health was shared by Dr. Richard Dowell, a clinical neuropsychologist with UPMC Susquehanna, during a recent keynote speech at the Elder Care and Special Needs Resource ...

A well-deserved honor for Sides

Editorials

The name of the award says it all. And the person who received this year’s Dr. Alexander Nesbitt Commitment to Caring Award is a shining example of those words, “commitment to caring.” Carol D. Sides has spent much of her life caring for this community, volunteering with an array of ...

‘I am not a crook’

Opinion

“I am not a crook.” Richard Nixon made that statement during a press conference in Orlando, Florida, related to the Watergate break-in and the scandal which consumed his administration. That morphed into the Clintonesque “I did not have sex with that woman.” Thanks to Larry Flint ...

Human trafficking is slavery

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The history books tell us that slavery officially ended in the United States on Dec. 6, 1865, when the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. However, the prevalence of human trafficking cases across the country tells us that slavery lives on. In fact, the U.S. Department of ...

While adult vaping debate rages, let’s protect children

Editorials

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...

‘Every’ and ‘all’

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The debate about political power and authority among those who profess the Christian faith has raged since the 1st century. In modern America, the debate raged throughout Jimmy Carter’s presidency and more recently through the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The debate now ...

The on-the-job coverage rip-off

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Employer-provided health plans now cost a gigantic $20,576 a year for family coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Technically, the employer pays most of it, but labor costs are labor costs. The more that’s spent on benefits the less can go to wages. In reality, it’s ...

CAC ushers

Editorials

It’s been a quarter century since the first usher showed the first patron to their seat at the Community Arts Center. What followed has been a whole army of ushers, donating thousands of volunteer hours at downtown’s flagship venue. These are the men and women decked out in black suits, ...

He walks where he chooses to walk

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Years ago, when the great American socialist Norman Thomas was speaking at the University of Virginia, he was cross-examined by a self-satisfied undergraduate who charged that Thomas’ call for universal health insurance, federal civil rights laws and federal aid to education were all backed ...

Who cares about you?

Opinion

During my student days at a UCLA economics department faculty/graduate student coffee hour in the 1960s, I was chatting with Professor Armen Alchian, probably the greatest microeconomic theory economist of the 20th century. I was trying to impress Alchian with my knowledge of statistical type I ...

Volunteers key in fight against food insecurity

Editorials

Are you hungry? If not, be happy that you are not among the one in 10 central Pennsylvanians, or one in six children, who struggles with hunger, according to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. How can that be the case in the United States of America, where the great dream is home ...

What do you see? What do you hear?

Editorials

A couple of recent Sun-Gazette stories reflect just a few of the reasons we love this community so much. One was about the newest addition to the downtown streetscape, a mosaic of ceramic tiles, shards of mirror and colorful stones on the East Fourth Street side of the Firestone Building at ...

Ukraine: A political rerun

Opinion

Back when reruns were a staple of summer programming, television networks aired repeats of their programs, giving viewers another opportunity to see what they had already seen. Democratic politicians are now conducting their own version of reruns. The same bunch who brought us the failed ...

Ban on natural gas development would reverse environmental progress

Opinion

We applaud the Sun-Gazette for sharing the devastating impact that a hydraulic fracturing ban, as proposed by some presidential candidates, would have on consumers, our economy, the environment and our national security (”Dem candidates being irresponsible by calling for ban against ...

A slippery slope

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf says “Pennsylvania is ready for this.” He is referring to the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, which he says the Pennsylvania General Assembly should go forward with. We do not share his sentiments and hope the leaders of the Republican majority in the ...

Farmers’ clean water efforts

Opinion

As first-generation dairy farmers in Juniata County, my wife, Marie and I believe you have to control the good things in your environment. It’s about being good stewards of the land, within the economics of that stewardship. I am grateful to have received the Dairying for Tomorrow award for ...