Opinion

Commissioners show proper watchdogging regarding two issues

Editorials

The Lycoming County Commissioners are supposed to be the stewards of the tax dollars that pay for county operations and funding for other projects. With that in mind, we have no problem with two ongoing issues. A disputed construction project involving a leachate tank, costing roughly $5.7 ...

Roger Ailes, one of a kind

Opinion

On my first visit to Roger Ailes’ office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes’ reputation as a kind of James Bond villain (and well before the sexual harassment scandals that ...

Big hack attack and the NHS

Opinion

GLASGOW, Scotland — The ransomware cyberattack that wormed its way into at least 74 countries recently exposed new vulnerabilities in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as if it weren’t vulnerable enough. Hospital systems in England and Scotland were taken offline. Major ...

Reentry ceremony uplifting, but the battle never ends

Editorials

Lycoming County held its fifth Reentry Service Center program transition ceremony last week. The event commemorated the completion of the six-month long reentry program by 29 graduates. These are 29 success stories for people whose path to success has been excruciatingly difficult. And ...

Democracy dies in anonymous sourcing

Opinion

On May 14, CNN host Fareed Zakaria offered a fiery secular Sunday sermon declaring that President Trump is a “danger to American democracy” and guilty of “gross violations of the customs and practices of the modern American system,” and that only the news media can “keep alive the ...

Trump vs. Waters — who should be impeached?

Opinion

Almost from the moment President Donald Trump recited the oath of office, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., began a quest for Trump’s impeachment. But given Waters’ record of 26 years in Congress (plus a prior 14 years in the California State Assembly), she should worry far more about the ...

South Side school tax increase carries state echoes with it

Editorials

The South Williamsport Area School Board has given preliminary approval of a .65-mill real estate tax increase in its 2017-18 preliminary budget, which is above its Act 1 index of 0.5 mills. But those are just numbers. The mixture of misgivings and frustration that came with the sizable tax ...

New tool highlights Dem challenges in their fight for Senate control

Opinion

Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics has become one of the nation’s top political analysts. Sean and his colleague David Byler have just released a new tool for analyzing the 2018 U.S. Senate elections. Drawing upon recent history, they have identified a few key factors that will determine ...

Who has health care moral authority?

Opinion

Here is what happens if you try to tell health care stories that defy big government orthodoxy: When GOP Congressman Rodney Davis of Illinois tried to recount how his wife, a nurse and colon cancer survivor, struggled in the nationalized Canadian health care system, liberal protesters ...

Volunteer firemen: Numbers paint a grim reality

Editorials

The Sun-Gazette recently profiled the state of volunteer firefighting in Lycoming County. The numbers – starting with the larger state picture – tell a grim story. There were 300,000 volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania in the mid-1970s. Today there are about 72,000, a 75-percent ...

For Pence, it’s time to take a stand

Opinion

Dear Vice President Pence, I hope you’re holding up under the strain. I hope you don’t mind me writing to you like this, but as one of those conservatives who was somewhat reassured by Donald Trump’s decision to put you on the ticket, I feel compelled to ask: What’s the endgame ...

3 memorable presidents and the truth

Opinion

There have been three memorable American presidents, the story goes. President George Washington could never tell a lie. President Richard Nixon could never tell the truth. And President Donald Trump cannot tell the difference. At a White House news conference, Trump referred to his November ...

Mueller’s probe must include more than Trump to be complete

Editorials

A chorus of top Democrats have been demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. On Wednesday, they got their wish with appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to probe the ...

The Fake News of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Opinion

Dystopian entertainment is all the rage now that Donald Trump is president, and the more unglued it sounds about an approaching American totalitarian state, the better, hence the liberal cheerleading for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a TV series made for the streaming service Hulu. It’s ...

Public access limits deflate police body cam bill’s worth

Editorials

The state Senate last week approved a bill that clears the way for more police body cameras. Unfortunately, the bill comes with discretion for police to refuse public requests for copies of audio or video recordings of officers. It exempts recordings from requests under the state's open ...

Chesapeake Bay cleanup: The same old rhetoric

Opinion

There has been a lot of talk about how Pennsylvania can clean up its share of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. But it sure sounds like the same old rhetoric from existing stakeholders -- the same people who over decades have spent billions of tax dollars on failed ideas at the expense of hard ...

The Comey case: A political ax murder

Opinion

WASHINGTON — It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for having been too tough on ...

Mr. President, please stop the insults

Opinion

During an interview last June in his New York office, I asked Donald Trump about his use of language that many considered insulting and divisive. “Will there be a pivot for you from the primaries to the general election campaign?” The candidate said “I agree” about the tone of the ...

Restoring reason to environment and energy policies

Editorials

It is going to take time — years, in all probability — to undo the enormous amount of damage President Barack Obama did to the economy. Some of it is irreparable. At least President Donald Trump and his new Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, are wasting no time in ...

Historians ruining Obama’s mythical memoir

Opinion

Like Pavlov’s dogs, the liberal media salivated over the arrival of former President Barack Obama to receive the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. The mythic figure returned to accept the honor in the middle of a two-hour live special on MSNBC, loaded ...