Opinion

Firefighters: Human hearts beat behind shields of courage

Editorials

We think of firefighters as being pretty heroic people. Our image of them is of strength and courage, of compassion and caring. They are the ones who run into burning buildings to rescue us, or extricate us from cars after motor vehicle accidents; they are role models for our children. But ...

Most accept American diversity

Opinion

As the country grows more ethnically and racially diverse, Americans’ attitudes towards diversity seem pretty sanguine. Most Americans, regardless of ethnic or racial background, think diversity is a good thing and makes the nation stronger. More than three-fourths of all Americans say ...

Back to the past with Joe Biden

Opinion

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

For Joe Biden, on China it’s still the 1990s

Opinion

Once upon a time, May 1 — May Day — was a day for working-class parades in factory towns. This year, it was a day for Joe Biden, to set off on his third presidential campaign in 32 years, to make news on the stump, not in a working-class venue but in the university town of Iowa City, now ...

‘Bernie’ Schelb leaves a legacy of civic dedication

Editorials

Every small municipality in America needs a J. Bernard “Bernie” Schelb. That’s the best way to sum up the legacy of the man synonymous with South Williamsport who died recently. Mr. Schelb actually was quite involved with helping others in a variety of ways and was an active member of ...

A momentous day for salamander, clean water, pupils

Opinion

On April 23, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 9 — now Act 3 of 2019 — recognizing the Eastern hellbender as Pennsylvania’s first official state amphibian. It was a momentous day for the salamander, Pennsylvania students and clean water. This bipartisan bill is about more than ...

Keeping fake illegal alien families together

Opinion

Who remembers the hysterical sound and fury of open borders leftists last summer over President Donald Trump’s detention and enforcement policies at our besieged southern border? Remember the #FamiliesBelongTogether, #WhereAreTheChildren, #AbolishICE and #MeltICE hashtags? Remember the ...

Altering human behavior may be in our best interest

Editorials

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. They ...

The most difficult decisions in public school systems

Editorials

School administrators and school boards have hefty loads to carry. They are caught in the middle of a tug of war between the needs of taxpayers and the needs of our local youths who are growing up in a difficult world. The struggle is real, from all sides, and there are many. Witness South ...

Trump can use the economy to change people’s minds

Opinion

WASHINGTON — With the end of the Mueller probe and the news that the U.S. economy is performing far beyond expectations, President Donald Trump has reached an inflection point in his presidency. He has the chance to turn the political tides decisively in his favor, if he takes it. We ...

Why are candidates so radical?

Opinion

In the 1920 presidential election, Warren Harding won in a landslide by promising a “Return to Normalcy.” Today’s Democrats would be wise to make that same pledge for 2020. They probably won’t, however, which is why President Trump might get re-elected. Harding’s concept of normalcy ...

Democrats’ plan to destroy jobs boom

Opinion

If you’re looking for work, this is the best job market in 50 years. The economy is soaring. But Democrats running for president are pitching plans that will destroy millions of jobs, doubling the number of people out of work. Consider “Medicare for All.” It could wipe out a ...

An attack on Congress’ coequal power

Opinion

WASHINGTON — President Trump, after saying Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify before Congress on the report he wrote on his investigation into Russian interference into U.S. elections, now says he shouldn’t. “No redos for the Dems,” he tweeted. Mueller himself is said to ...

Regional districts, merit selection for state judges long overdue

Editorials

Over the past 50 years, 53 of 96 seats in statewide judicial races have been won be candidates from Philadelphia and Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh. That makes sense, given the trappings of a statewide judicial election. Most of the information about judicial candidates is ...

Correcting the record about severance tax

Opinion

Back in March, the Sun Gazette wrote about Gov. Tom Wolf’s visit to Williamsport to highlight how the bipartisan Restore Pennsylvania will fund the repair of critical infrastructure like the levy along Lycoming Creek. By providing the funding needed to tackle these problems — as well as ...

Welcome to The Cypress Inn, where America lives

Opinion

We have this rule when we travel: Eat where the locals eat. On a recent trip that took us through the hook of the panhandle of Florida on a serene Friday morning, yours truly was the driver, the better half was sleeping and a candidate for breakfast arose in Cross City. On the side of the ...

Vacant properties cost taxpayers, merit penalties

Editorials

If you are a Williamsport taxpayer, $28,000 worth of your hard-earned tax dollars is designated to keep 15 abandoned, vacant properties cleaned up. The cleanup may keep a structural problem from becoming worse. It may mean clearing unsightly, overgrown brush. It may mean mowing the lawn. The ...

Limit to nation’s patience may be tested by Iran

Editorials

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Congress must rethink statutes, define ‘violence’

Editorials

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported this week. Already, that has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts ...

Remembering the pioneers

Opinion

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. It’s called “The Pioneers” and the subtitle is its theme: “The heroic story of ...