×

Opinion

Small local stores give extra dose of holiday happiness

Editorials

How we shop has changed over time. Two centuries ago, we would go to Market Square to buy our goods, often sold from the back of the wagon, or we would visit small shops specializing in the needs of the day. Our downtown took shape, and by the mid-20th century, it was buzzing with stores, ...

USMCA critical to livelihood of Pennsylvania economy

Opinion

In the more than 25 years since the United States, Mexico and Canada struck the first North American trade deal, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), manufacturing output in the United States has more than doubled, exports to Canada and Mexico have tripled, and our economy has ...

A trio of youths who impress us with big actions

Editorials

This region is blessed to be populated by countless individuals who are special in so many unique and different ways. Readers of the Sun-Gazette surely already know this. The newspaper’s pages are filled with stories and photos heralding the accomplishments and contributions of so many ...

Blessings of children include a challenge for local communities

Editorials

Whitney Houston sang that “children are our future” back in 1985. Since that time, that phrase has been so often quoted that it’s almost cliche. Except it’s not. That phrase is truth. Nelson Mendela, in 1995, expanded on this idea, saying: “Our children are the rock on which our ...

What’s new? An evaluation of American history

Opinion

An evaluation of American history will point to three concepts that are repeated to the point of becoming a well-worn mantra. They are as follows: Fear (of a Vietnam-like situation), Budget, and Authoritarianism. These three items may be manifested in a variety of different ways throughout our ...

Environmental protection ‘rollback’ narrative is full of holes

Opinion

The Environmental Protection Agency recently revised some rules governing oil-and-gas rig methane emissions. Environmentalists in Congress immediately cried foul, with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., describing the proposal as a “horrifying blow” and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., calling the ...

Taken for granted, modern amenities help in basic ways

Editorials

Life in 2019 means all sorts of conveniences, including many that are taken for granted. Today we are talking about some of our most basic infrastructure. Sometimes it costs money for upgrades, but in the end, we do want smooth roads, heat, electricity and water in our homes, plus a way to ...

Reducing uncertainty in trade with Mexico and Canada

Opinion

American businesses face enormous challenges right now. The ebb and flow of the trade war with China is roiling supply chains. A simmering tariff war with the European Union could soon boil over. This swirl of uncertainty is threatening to hold back U.S. economic growth and has lowered global ...

Democrats shouldn’t blame Latin

Opinion

If the impeachment effort isn’t taking the nation by storm, the Democrats have an answer — blame it on Latin. The use of a Latin term, quid pro quo, is now thought to be a damper on the impeachment cause because it sounds complex and technical. Latin is one of the great legacies of ...

A roof over our heads a reason for gratitude

Editorials

More than half a million people are homeless each night in the United States, according to a September report, “The State of Homelessness in America,” by President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers. Of those, about one third are unsheltered and two thirds are found in homeless ...

International terrorists pose sticky problem that must be addressed

Editorials

One cannot blame the Turks for not wanting to be the world’s jailers for some of the most dangerous people on the planet. When Turkish forces invaded northern Syria to push back Kurdish separatists, they captured some facilities in which the Kurds were holding Islamic State terrorist ...

Young people ignorant of history

Opinion

A recent survey conducted by the Victims of Communism and polled by YouGov, a research and data firm, found that 70 percent of millennials are likely to vote socialist and that one in three millennials saw communism as “favorable.” Let examine this tragic vision in light of the Fraser ...

‘Neighbors’ starts two weeks of why we are so thankful

Editorials

Neighbors. Some you may get to know well. Others, a passing “Hello” or a friendly smile. And then there are those who keep to themselves for any number of reasons — until the day you find yourself in need. Who hasn’t experienced something — a tree too big to move single-handedly is ...

Catholic bishops right to pursue abuse transparency

Editorials

A variety of potentially divisive issues, ranging from immigration to gun control, were being discussed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops during a national meeting in Baltimore this week. Dealing with the elephant in the room ought to be at the top of their agenda. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who ...

Whatever happened to teaching history?

Opinion

According to a report by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the teaching of U.S. history to American students lags behind all other subject matters. The latest NAEP survey finds that proficiency levels for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are in the 20, 18 and 12th ...

Toomey correctly pushes against fracking ban

Editorials

Call it a pre-emptive strike. Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Zionsville Republican, has heard of the plans of presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders to ban natural gas fracking in the United States. While he is not handicapping the 2020 race and ...

What Michelle Obama leaves out about ‘white flight’

Opinion

Michelle Obama recently complained about “white flight” in her old Chicago neighborhood. By “white flight “ she means that whites left her neighborhood as it became increasingly black. “Upstanding families like ours, who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better — as ...

2 million reasons why City Hall’s future is murky

Editorials

The estimated cost to get Williamsport City Hall adequately repaired is $2 million, according to the city’s codes administrator. A significant portion of the money will need to be spent to bring the city into compliance with handicapped accessibility requirements. Advocates for the ...

Mike Pompeo was definitely NOT a Marine Corps officer

Opinion

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has impressive credentials: He graduated third in his class from Los Amigos High School in California’s Orange County before winning an appointment from his congressman — “B-1 Bob” Dornan, a conservative remembered for his unstinting support for the ...