Opinion

Lawmakers get a look at Penn College template for success

Editorials

The state’s lawmakers are working on a Workplace Development Package, a set of bills aimed at smoothly placing students in careers. To that end, several members of the state House Majority Policy Committee recently toured the Pennsylvania College of Technology. They could not have picked ...

Facts don’t favor socialism

Opinion

As the Democrats careen to the left (and over a cliff), it should not be surprising that their allied “fact-checkers” are running alongside them, trying to “correct” any negative impressions. “Be wary of politicians crying socialism,” warned Washington Post “fact-checker” Glenn ...

Sen.Sherrod Brown will be missed in Democratic presidential field

Opinion

Why should it be of any importance or interest that Sherrod Brown, the third-term U.S. senator from Ohio, announced this week that he will not run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination? For one reason, unlike many recent would-be national leaders who belong to his party — a list ...

Dems find it hard to confront anti-Semitism

Opinion

The Democratic Party had a rough time condemning anti-Semitism. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has, on several occasions, made classically anti-Semitic claims about American Jews, and the effort to formally denounce those statements in the House ruined a week in which the Democrats were ...

Recertifying levee: Runaway costs with hazy payment plan

Editorials

The cost of recertifying the levee in Williamsport is closing in on $2 million. And that, unfortunately, is just the start. The cost of repairing crosspipes in the levee will push the project cost to $8 million. Other costs – replacement of an “I” wall with a T-shaped wall on the ...

Everett talk puts gas tax, wage hike in proper place

Editorials

Meeting recently with the Sun-Gazette editorial board, state Rep. Garth Everett, a Muncy Republican who represents much of our region, touched on a number of topics, but we were struck most by the discussions on the proposed gas severance tax and minimum wage hike. Everett said he is not ...

Pessimistic about politics, optimistic about America

Opinion

My latest book has a simple message built right into the title: “The Sun Is Still Rising: Politics Has Failed But America Will Not” expresses my deep pessimism about our broken political system and my great optimism about the future of our great nation. Many in the political world have ...

Impeachment quest lets the AOC types set the Democrats’ agenda

Opinion

Has the Democratic Party reduced its chances of denying President Trump a second term by continuing to concentrate on throwing him out before the end of his first? You can make a good case that it has. Democrats have been itching to oust Trump since the days before he took the oath of office. ...

Heroin network leader gets lengthy, necessary sentence

Editorials

The mastermind for a regionwide heroin distribution network was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison last week. The tale told through Kalif English’s words prior to sentencing as well as the indictment that led to his conviction is scary and instructive. English grew up fatherless on ...

The Dems’ Jewish problem

Opinion

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) comment that the influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington pushes lawmakers to take a pledge of “allegiance to a foreign country” was bad enough. A watered-down House resolution condemning, not Omar, but “all hatred” was as tepid as denouncing drunk ...

Yes, there’s a crisis at the border

Opinion

We interrupt the talk of the president “manufacturing” a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border. Alarming new numbers about border apprehensions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection should puncture the lazy conventional wisdom about the border ...

Peace begins with a smile

Opinion

“Peace,” we were told by Mother Teresa, “begins with a smile.” Smiles have been very scarce in American political life lately. What follows is a modest attempt to encourage a smile or two. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who first ran for president in 1987, has been publicly ...

Yes, there’s a crisis at the border

Opinion

We interrupt the talk of the president “manufacturing” a crisis at the border with this hair-raising report about the crisis at the border. Alarming new numbers about border apprehensions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection should puncture the lazy conventional wisdom about the border ...

River Valley Transit: A 50-year template of practical success

Editorials

The city of Williamsport took the unusual step in 1968 to purchase the Williamsport Bus Co. for $75,000 and establish a municipality-run transit system. It was considered quite a gamble at the time. The intervening five decades have shown countless examples of government takeovers on the ...

Keeping us grounded … with purpose

Opinion

They just kept coming, and coming ... and coming. All ages. All excited. All to see the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors perform one of the best concerts I personally have ever witnessed. The atmosphere in the Community Arts Center in downtown last Tuesday night was electric. I mean ...

Caution on subsidizing nuclear power

Opinion

Like many Pennsylvanians, I have been watching with great interest the debate surrounding the future of nuclear power. Proposed legislation currently circulating within the Pennsylvania General Assembly would require electric utilities to purchase as much as 50 percent of customer demand ...

The dangers inherent in opulent America

Opinion

down to Washington, DC on business to meet with some lawyers at the Justice Department. I thought, aha, here is my change to take the Acela. I have a soft spot in my heart for trains. Having grown up in Long Island, N.Y., I recall taking the Long Island Railroad with my mother. I learned to ...