Opinion

Trump’s European adventure: Chaotic, with correct priorities

Editorials

As expected, President Donald Trump, visiting four countries in Europe, is rattling a few cages among the world leadership he met with. He chastised some of them for not contributing enough funding to the NATO cause, leaving a disproportionate large burden to the United States. He publicly ...

Taking the Disraeli Test

Opinion

Benjamin Disraeli, a 19th-century British prime minister and writer, shrewdly advised that to be a successful political leader, a man (even though it was the Victorian era, it was still a man’s game) must first know himself and then know and understand the times in which he lives. Whether ...

Our strange relationship with the word ‘patriotism’

Opinion

There are many definitions of patriotism. Mark Twain said patriotism means supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. I like this, but it’s flawed. Sometimes your country — i.e., the people — can do things that require the government to correct its ...

Gateway moves the city closer to college town status

Editorials

There are more than 7,000 college students attending Lycoming College and the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. That’s equal to about a fourth of the population of the city. So, factually, Williamsport is a college town. But while there is some evidence of that, there ...

Preventing opioid misuse, abuse: A skill we all must learn

Opinion

The United States is in the midst of an epidemic of opiate addiction and overdose. Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have more than quadrupled since 1999, and Pennsylvania has a higher overdose rate than most states in the nation. This makes addiction prevention more important than ...

A Pennsylvania Paradox

Opinion

America has endured 154 mass shootings so far this year – from Parkland Florida to Annapolis Maryland. Despite this national carnage nothing so far has moved the Pennsylvania state legislature to pass even the most innocuous gun control legislation. Why? Clearly the answer is not lack ...

Immigration crisis will end when political grandstanding is aborted

Editorials

Most illegal immigrants come to our country seeking economic opportunity. A few are fleeing violence or the threat of it. And many, the children to whom our hearts have gone out during recent weeks, have no say in the matter. But some of those coming across the southern border are bent on ...

CNN host proclaims ‘National Emergency’

Opinion

July started with a lull. On the Monday before Independence Day, the news network morning shows led with the oppressively hot weather. The normal feverish panic about living in Donald Trump’s America was missing for a few hours. You can count on CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian ...

A warning to the unscrupulous: Updated cameras being installed

Editorials

A warning has been issued to those with “unscrupulous ideas” with respect to the Newberry Estates apartment development in the Newberry section of Williamsport. An updated security system will give eyes to not only apartment management but also city police, who will be able to see ...

Trump supporters compared to cultists

Opinion

Bob Corker, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, recently compared supporters of President Trump to members of a cult. The Washington Post quoted Corker as saying: “It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like ...

Odd Couple — AMLO and Trump — cut U.S.-Mexico gap?

Opinion

Will NAFTA survive? Last week, Mexico elected as president longtime NAFTA critic Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (always called “AMLO”) by a wide margin. He promptly had a cordial telephone conversation with longtime NAFTA critic President Donald Trump, who remains U.S. president for the next ...

Come on, have a cup of joe with a really good Joe

Editorials

It’s an invitation to have a cup of coffee. With a cop. The Sun-Gazette went to the first of multiple events the city police have set up for this summer and found many people taking up the police on this invitation. The relaxed, informal meet-and-greet allowed city residents to get to ...

Justice Kennedy’s first priority: First Amendment

Opinion

It became official just after lunchtime on Wednesday, just after the Supreme Court announced its final decisions of the term and went into recess. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 104th person to serve on the court, is retiring, effective just after his 82nd birthday, after 30 years of service. ...

Jahi’s life mattered

Opinion

Amid all the raging political headlines and hyperventilating tweets of the Summer of Resistance, a searing ember of news stopped me in my tracks this week. Jahi McMath has passed away. I never had a chance to meet the young California teen, but her fight for life gripped me three years ago ...

Fireworks trend: Reverse it before there is a tragedy

Editorials

It feels like the July 4th fireworks display starts about July 1 and doesn’t end til, oh, about today. We are not referring to the sanctioned municipal events. We are speaking of the independent displays that seem to sprout up in just about every neighborhood. And unlike the municipal ...

Odds and Ends, including ‘deficit attention disorder’

Opinion

Thanks to President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, we learned recently from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an additional $2.3 trillion will be added to our national debt over the next decade. Soon, for the only time since World War II, nearly three-quarters of a century ago, the ...

Grant brings ideas, vision for East End to reality – finally

Editorials

Ideas are great. Vision is great. But when it comes to transcendant public development, it takes money to make ideas and vision come alive. Williamsport's East End corridor has had the potential to be vibrant for decades and finally has real money to become a distinctive part of the local ...

Liberals hype comedian ‘collusion’

Opinion

The late-night hosts hate President Donald Trump, so the idea that they would make friendly alliances shouldn’t be shocking. But as we’ve come to understand, in today’s world anything that reflects negatively on this president becomes “news.” So when Stephen Colbert at CBS ...