Opinion

The budget tango is an endless dance in Harrisburg halls

Editorials

They did the budget tango again in Harrisburg Monday – again. There was lobbying in every hall and rumors just as prevalent, but no budget deal. Uusually when that happens, a budget deal is not far off. We say that from experience. This year’s episode is the latest in a long-running ...

The budget tango is an endless dance in Harrisburg halls

Editorials

They did the budget tango Monday in Harrisburg – again. There was lobbying in every hall and rumors just as prevalent, but no budget deal. Uusually when that happens, a budget deal is not far off. We say that from experience. This year’s episode is the latest in a long-running ...

Democrats, don’t blame the voters

Opinion

One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I’ve gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, ...

Does society still support right to be wrong?

Opinion

The whole idea of a free society is based on a very simple idea that is very hard to live by: People have the right to be wrong. This idea has ancient roots, but it was always and everywhere a minority opinion, unpopular with both the masses and the rulers, until relatively recently. In the ...

Cancer series: The goals are knowledge, hope and strength

Editorials

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Sun-Gazette is running a series of stories on breast and other types of cancer with multiple goals in mind. First, our hope is that the series will raise awareness to new levels regarding all forms of cancer. Early diagnosis is the key to ...

No way to treat Old Glory

Opinion

Old Glory is almost certainly the most honored flag in the world. The late political scientist Samuel Huntington marveled at its place in our national life: We pledge allegiance to it. The national anthem celebrates it. An incredibly elaborate code stipulates how it is to be displayed, ...

Is president’s agenda divisive?

Opinion

WASHINGTON — It is often difficult to determine if Donald Trump’s offenses against national unity and presidential dignity are motivated by ignorance or malice. His current crusade against sideline activism at professional football games features both. Protests by players during the ...

For Puerto Rico, hit from Maria may mean rebuilding opportunity

Editorials

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by ...

The Emmy Awards: An overwrought hatefest

Opinion

The latest telecast of the Emmy Awards on CBS drew the second-lowest audience ever, just 11.4 million, and that is no surprise. This show could not have been more predictable, quickly devolving into a boorish hourslong festival of Trump bashing and Hillary mourning. Awards shows used to be ...

Dogs’ love of man isn’t just a con job

Opinion

One of my favorite kinds of news stories is the report of a new scientific study that verifies the obvious. You’ve seen them. New research finds that heterosexual men are attracted to very attractive women. Evidence collected by wildlife researchers has confirmed that bears really do use ...

Series on government referendums in city deserves rereading

Editorials

The Sun-Gazette published a four-part series from Sunday through Wednesday on the Williamsport government referendum questions that are on the November election ballot. You have heard of clip and save coupons. This is a clip and save series, for both city voters and residents in other ...

When airport security is insecure

Opinion

Poor Roger Vanderklok. All he wanted to do was fly from Philadelphia to Miami in order to run a half-marathon. It was not even a full marathon, but he did not know what a run was in store for him. In his carry-on luggage, he possessed a heart monitor and watch stored inside a piece of PVC ...

A transportation revolution in Pennsylvania

Opinion

We’re in the midst of an explosion of activity related to the development of autonomous vehicle technology. What was once a figment of science fiction, self-driving cars – officially known as highly automated vehicles (HAV’s) – are ready to make their mark in a big way, particularly ...

Trump’s UN call to arms deserves united reception

Editorials

President Donald Trump came to the United Nations last week and, in his first speech to that body, left a message that the United States' posture with that body and as the free world's leader has changed. His speech was frank and blunt. President Trump called out North Korea as a threat to ...

The Vietnam War revisited

Opinion

“The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.” — Sen. George McGovern (D-SD) Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have performed a vital public service in making their documentary “The ...

The dangerous triumph of tribalism in America

Opinion

WASHINGTON — In his prescient science-fiction novel “The Diamond Age,” Neal Stephenson describes a post-national world in which people organize themselves into affinity groups called “phyles.” Some choose to be Victorians, emulating the beliefs and aesthetic of 19th-century ...

Police raid shows depth of region’s illegal drug supply

Editorials

A police raid last week illustrated just how deep the heroin-related drug problem is in our area. The raid resulted in the seizure of $116,000 worth of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and oxycodone and landed four men in prison. It was the culmination of good work by Lycoming County's ...

3 men who saved baseball from itself

Opinion

From Aug. 10, 1994, to April 25, 1995, Major League Baseball went on strike. The 1994 World Series was canceled. Fans, furious at both management and the players, voted with their feet by staying away afterward. Average attendance at games fell by more than a fifth, and — of more urgent ...

America’s engine slowed by complacency

Opinion

WASHINGTON — It was an epoch-defining decision to place in Westminster Abbey, among statues of monarchs, priests and poets, a large one of James Watt, inventor of the separate-condenser steam engine. The statue’s inscription says Watt ranks among the world’s benefactors because he ...

For United Way, a revised focus and daunting challenge

Editorials

The Lycoming County United Way is embarking on a new fundraising campaign under new leadership with a different point of emphasis as it canvases every corner of the county for charitable donations. The organization wants to raise enough money to impact people in the county 55,000 times in the ...