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Opinion

DEP grant to city represents good news for residents

Editorials

Municipal brush piles — and access to them — has become a hot topic in recent years. It’s quite the situation for the average homeowner. There was a time when municipal street crews would pick up limbs and yard debris left at the curb. As resources dwindled, policies changed, with ...

Bill would eliminate choice

Opinion

Pennsylvania House Bill 1897 has been introduced in Harrisburg. It would force school districts to have a Cyber School Program and for all 14 public cyber charter schools to close. The main points of this legislation are: All Pennsylvania cyber charter schools must cease operations after ...

Counties pinpoint correct priorities for state solutions

Editorials

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania recently met to devise five priorities the organization hopes to address. We have to give them credit — they’ve got the list about right. The organization will be working to address property tax reform, increased funding for mental ...

Welcome to town, Chuck Still; now show us ‘more’

Editorials

“More variety, and more.” That’s what Chuck Still said he plans to bring to the Community Arts Center in his new role as its executive director. In fact, he told the Sun-Gazette that it just might be his mantra. Looking at his experience, it’s apparent that he just might be the ...

In defense of Iowa

Opinion

We have reached that time in every presidential nominating year when distinguished, national opinion leaders beat up on Iowa and that admirable state’s influential role in determining the two major parties’ eventual presidential nominees and, therefore, the next president. It is time ...

Time to try some new strategies to clean up bay

Editorials

Clean water. That should be the goal for the planet and its inhabitants. And that should be a concern to everyone living in Pennsylvania, which has 85,000 miles of rivers and streams. One fourth of the state’s waterways are “impaired,” which means they are not safe for drinking, ...

The show trial begins

Opinion

The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. She passed out the pens like souvenirs to fellow Democrats. They were embossed in gold with her signature and ...

Draw inspiration

Editorials

The words of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have served as inspiration over the five decades since his death. Slain Aug. 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee, King’s speeches have become legendary. Today, as we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let us find new inspiration in ...

‘Nations with Allies Thrive’

Opinion

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in October 1962 when, ...

Rep. Everett keyed his representation on his constituents

Editorials

State Rep. Garth D. Everett, a Muncy Township Republican who serves much of our region from his seat in the 84th House District, is observing a self-imposed term limit. After seven terms in office, Everett recently told the Sun-Gazette editorial board that he will bow out when his current ...

Term limits would avoid lifetime appointments

Opinion

The procession has begun. Candidates for state House and Senate seats as well U.S. House are circulating petitions for the right to seek party nominations for election to those offices. In most cases, the elected offices that you will be casting ballots over April 28 are for two-year terms. ...

Fox Island: Right where it should, and shouldn’t, have been

Opinion

I was just 33 when I met her, turning 50. A 40-year relationship ensued — intimate, though I shared her with so many others. And now we’re parting. It was educational. The 11-bedroom lodge on Great Fox Island, built in 1929 amid protective tidal marshes at the juncture of Tangier and ...

Experiment on roads? Self-driving vehicles have plenty of bugs

Editorials

The nanny crowd ­— folks who insist only government is capable of protecting us against any hazard — wasted no time in criticizing proposed new federal guidelines for autonomous vehicle makers. “This is a science experiment playing out in real time on our roadways without any safeguards ...

You never know whose life you may save by giving blood

Editorials

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Driven by greed, Major League Baseball wants to kill 42 franchises

Opinion

Baseball had an exciting year — breakout stars, a major cheating scandal, a seven-game World Series. And now it’s capping off the year with a disastrous idea from the owners. Led by the Houston Astros — the same Astros mired in scandals over cheating and domestic violence — Major ...

Bernie is not normal

Opinion

The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success. Bernie Sanders is leading or near the top of most polls in the first two Democratic nominating states of Iowa and New Hampshire. He could plausibly win both, which would instantly ...

Important decisions in 2020

Editorials

The year may be young, but campaigning for public office in this year’s elections has been underway for some time, particularly as it relates to the office of president. While electing a person to serve in the nation’s highest office is deserving of paramount attention in the next 10 ...

Unappreciated crime costs

Opinion

Criminal activity imposes huge costs on black residents in low-income neighborhoods of cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and many others. Thousands of black Americans were murdered in 2019. Over 90 percent of the time, the perpetrator was also black. Leftists ...

Cracking down on H-1B visa abuse

Opinion

President Trump’s administration is delivering for American workers. During his time as president, the number of H-1B guestworker visa denials are at a decade high. For years, employers have used the H-1B program to displace qualified Americans and import cheaper foreign labor. Tightening ...

Those making winter decisions deserve support

Editorials

While we may desire an easy winter with temperatures much like we’ve experienced this past week, the weeks ahead are sure to see area schools closed because of snowy, cold, windy and icy weather. And predictably, when people awaken to see fewer than 12 feet of snow on the ground and less ...