Opinion

Show party leaders presidential choices belong with voters

Editorials

In a year when we are all learning what a crazy quilt the nation's two major political parties weave with their state primaries to determine the presidential nominations, Pennsylvania's election Tuesday takes no back seat when it comes to absurdity.On the Republican side, where the quest for ...

The bona fides of Madame Secretary Clinton

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In 1991 I left the US Army after four years of service in the Military Intelligence Corps, two and a half spent in Germany playing the bad guy (OPFOR) at Hohenfels Training Area. At the time, America was emerging from a short and successful conflict in the Gulf. The ominous Eastern Bloc had ...

Pennsylvania’s presidential primary: What matters

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Some 40 states have already voted in the presidential primary.Finally, the presidential nomination campaigns move to the Northeast. New York votes on April 19th and five more states-including critical Pennsylvania vote one week later.Presidential candidates are campaigning in Pennsylvania: ...

That other election Tuesday

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In the age of "Trump-Mania" and "Bernie-Mania," the often ignored and highly underrated Pennsylvania Democratic primary for U.S. senate is a bit player.Rodney Dangerfield, look out!And yet this senate race might matter more in the end than all of the hoopla, hi-jinks, angst and antics of the ...

Kasich has plan to make college education affordable

Editorials

For young people, few issues are as interesting and important as finding ways to make college education affordable. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has outlined a plan that could make a very real difference to them.Kasich who is running for president while offering innovation in the Buckeye State has ...

Economic picture needs public-private unity to improve

Editorials

The Pennsylvania Economy League was in Williamsport last week to paint a picture of the Williamsport area economy for local business and government leaders.The picture was not particularly pretty.Trends revealed in the 2010 Census show an aging population and, just as importantly, more renters ...

Campaign seeks to take Food Bank to next level of service

Editorials

Food is an everyday concern for many people in our community. Hunger is not some far-off issue for a portion of our local population. It is reality.The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is the authorized agency in our region to take care of those with legitimate food needs. It does so in 13 ...

School districts get their state budget numbers – sort of

Editorials

The eight Lycoming County school districts have received their final funding allocation numbers from the state. Sort of.Imagine that.There are still two months to go in the school year.Of course, as business managers and superintendents commented in a Sun-Gazette story last week, the funding ...

A much more effective North Korea strategy is long overdue

Editorials

A new missile defense system will be deployed in South Korea, despite Chinese opposition, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters Friday. His announcement came on the heels of a claim by North Korea that it has tested a new rocket engine that could put the United States within range ...

Muncy school project: Keep open mind and public transparency

Editorials

The Muncy School Board is looking at possible renovations in the school district.The price tag could range from $5 million to $20 million.So what did the district do during this early phase of the project?It held a tour and open house of the district facilities.And about 80 people showed up ...

Free state police costs everyone

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It's a dirty little secret of Pennsylvania local government.Half of the Commonwealth's municipalities do not pay for police protection, according to a recent Associated Press story. Instead, they receive those services for free from the Pennsylvania State Police. One estimate for the cost of ...

Sanders and Trump – Twin Brothers

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Are Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders really twin brothers? My left wing friends like to say that Donald Trump plays on fear and his success is based upon the terror that poor, ignorant white men feel on a daily basis. My right wing buds claim that Bernie Sanders plays on the fears of the poor, ...

Turning around entitlement creep is no easy task

Editorials

Many people think of "entitlement" programs as federal government responsibilities.While it is true most of the money for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid comes from Washington, billions of dollars a year come from state coffers for some payments, including Medicaid and unemployment ...

Spectacular river walk about to get three miles better

Editorials

There are few cities the size of Williamsport that have a multi-use river walk with world-class scenery as the backdrop.But Williamsport has such a river walk.And the Susquehanna River Walk is about to get three miles larger.The Lycoming County Commissioners last week approved application for ...

Veterans service: A problem that should not exist

Editorials

We have heard plenty about shortcomings in the care of veterans in the past few years, much more than we would like to hear.There is supposedly a move going on in Washington to end the weaknesses in the Veterans Administration.Judging by comments at a recent visit from Wilkes-Barre officials of ...

Vet suicide: We all need to do our part to stop it

Editorials

George Heiges, executive director of the local office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has seen the worst."I've had three male clients recently in my office who then committed suicide, two from heroin overdose and one a gunshot," he said after a presentation at Lycoming College last ...

City/county public safety building would start a trend

Editorials

Lycoming County and Williamsport officials are considering a joint public safety/services building somewhere in the city in the future.We say full speed ahead on such a plan.For starters, the city police station in City Hall is outdated and ineffective, according to at least one City ...

Handling of Hillary situation shows politics rule Washington

Editorials

Politics rules everything in Washington, even at the top levels of the Justice Department. That can place the many people at the agency who dedicate their lives to enforcing the law impartially in very difficult situations.They are in one now. It seems clear that while secretary of state, ...

Police administration load up does not fit stated city priorities

Editorials

The city of Williamsport now has a police chief, deputy police chief, assistant chief and captain to lead crimefighting efforts. That may not amount to a top-heavy organizational structure for the police department, but it sure sounds like it and feels like it. It's the heaviest we have ...

Police administration load up does not fit stated city priorities

Editorials

The city of Williamsport now has a police chief, deputy police chief, assistant chief and captain to lead crimefighting efforts. That may not amount to a top-heavy organizational structure for the police department, but it sure sounds like it and feels like it. It's the heaviest we have ...