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Opinion

Tonight, a chance to sample missing sense of community

Editorials

“That sense of community again” — that’s what Shanin Dougherty, co-chair of the First Friday Committee, hopes to find tonight when the widely popular Lycoming Arts First Friday event returns after a long pandemic-prompted hiatus. Yes, Shanin, that’s something we long for too. As a ...

Vaccines are saving small business

Opinion

Americans are slowly returning to their favorite mom-and-pop shops and locally owned restaurants. With COVID-19 cases falling, and 23 percent of the population fully vaccinated, most states have lifted the strictest lockdown measures. Relief can’t come soon enough for small businesses. ...

Shining moments for local law enforcement

Editorials

In an age when police have come under intense scrutiny, we are proud of the majority of the work of law enforcement right here in our backyard. Just consider a couple of local “top cops” who recently were honored by their peers. City police Agent Brittany Alexander, an eight-year ...

Tax refund please

Letters

Since the Federal government is using my federal taxes to cover the City of Williamsport’s entire budget for 2021, as a property owner who recently paid my 2021 local taxes to the city, when can I expect to see a refund of those local taxes? BILL HALL Williamsport Submitted via Virtual ...

Snake Oil in Washington

Letters

In the run-up to the presidential election of 1896, the famous Democratic orator William Jennings Bryan progressively reduced his radical social program down to one campaign point: Government money hand-outs for everyone through free silver. “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of ...

What is needed now

Letters

The following message in a letter to the editor in a national newspaper is worthy of consideration in our troubled times. The Ten Commandments (Non-Christians 5 through 10): A framework and guide for all social interactions are ultimately the foundation on which any just society is ...

It’s time to pass the PRO Act

Letters

In 2020, American heroes in grocery stores, the U.S. Postal Service, hospitals and more became known as “essential workers,” and many of them had to risk their lives by going to work in unsafe conditions. As the coronavirus crisis continues into 2021 and deadly workplace risks remain, there ...

The Alinsky Plan

Letters

With so many members of Congress talking about defunding the police or fundamentally changing how we police, why are there no bills to defund or reform any of our federal law enforcement agencies? The answer is very simple and illustrative. Elected Democrats have no problem with the police ...

80 percent effective

Letters

I believe masks are above 80 percent effective for feel good. Unfortunately COVID spreads easily through your eyes. I, like most I know, carry a cloth mask in my truck to only use in stores that are afraid of the government. I respect all business owners. When I leave I stick the mask in my ...

These buildings have important stories to tell

Editorials

We’d like to send along a couple of Sun-Gazette shout-outs today to two people whose names now appear on local buildings — and for good reason. Larry A. Ward graduated in 1966 from the former Williamsport Technical Institute, which later became the Williamsport Area Community College and ...

Country must address fiscal responsibility

Editorials

If a new report dealing with unpaid federal taxes is accurate — and doubt has not been cast regarding the correctness of the information — it is time for the government to assemble a major strategy built upon the old adage, “You have to spend money to make money.” Beyond that, the ...

Invest in Pennsylvania

Opinion

Pennsylvanians own their state universities. That university system is an important investment. By failing the universities, we fail ourselves. I will compare the university situation with an issue endemic to American corporations. My own Lock Haven University is in special trouble. ...

Be very wary: Consumer fraud, identity theft up

Editorials

“Protect all your private information,” state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, recently warned. “Guard it with your life.” Wheeland issued this warning after having the unsettling experience of becoming a victim of identity theft. The lawmaker became aware of suspicious ...

The white flag of surrender

Letters

Drip, drip, drip drip. That’s the sound of your rights, privileges, and individual freedoms going down the drain. Ahh, Ahh, err, err, um, um. That’s the voice of the GOP and the majority of Americans in response to the actions of the socialist-leaning administration and its ...

A ‘no’ vote on PRO Act is a ‘yes’ for free enterprise

Editorials

Among other things, President Joe Biden called for passage of the “PRO Act” on Wednesday during his first address before a joint session of Congress. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which the U.S. House passed by a narrow margin of 224-194 in March, is part of Biden’s American ...

Thank you!

Letters

On behalf of the Jersey Shore Public Library Board, we would like to thank the very generous members of the community who stepped up and donated for us to replace the roof on our building. We had received $6,000 in donations toward this project, and then we began a “Raise the Roof” project. ...

Thanks for the memories

Letters

I want to thank the Williamsport Sun-Gazette for printing the story about the king and queen visiting Williamsport. For anyone who doesn’t know better, you would think this was something that happened recently until you get to the very end. It really was great to look into the past. I was ...

The signs of love for family and friends

Opinion

We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is imperative that we protect each other by doing the things that have been proven to work. They are wearing masks, practicing social distancing, good hygiene and getting vaccinated. We all want to return to a strong ...

About time

Letters

"The 2nd Amendment is the enforcement arm, of last resort, in the protection of the other Constitutional Amendments and the Bill of Rights” Even after a 10-year-ban on Semi-Automatic Rifles, and magazines exceeding 10 rounds, the FBI concluded that the ban produced no statistical reduction ...