Editorials

Strzok’s tone at hearing exposed the bias he was denying

FBI agent Peter Strzok was emphatic to the point of flashes of anger during his testimony last week to a congressional committee looking into political bias at the nation’s premier law enforcement agency. In 2016, Strzok made his dislike of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump perfectly ...

Pre-emptive strikes to Kavanaugh nomination stain Casey, Senate

This is how by-the-book and predictable Senate approvals of Supreme Court nominees have generally been. Antonin Scalia, clearly a staunchly conservative nominee, was approved 99-0. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, clearly a staunchly liberal nominee, was approved unanimously. Were they qualified to ...

City, neighboring municipalities should get tough on fireworks

On Sunday night, 11 nights after July 4th, loud, booming fireworks were being set off locally. They likely were purchased legally, thanks to the October 2017 repeal of a state law that opened up the sale and purchase of fireworks that previously could only be bought in state’s adjacent to ...

AC for an aging city vet: A really cool act of kindness

“It was no skin off of anybody’s back.” That’s what George Heiges, Jr., director of the county Veterans Affairs office, had to say about efforts to provide air conditioning for an aging veteran during the recent heat wave. When Michael Seitzer, assistant director of the office, ...

Trump’s European adventure: Chaotic, with correct priorities

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 ...

Gateway moves the city closer to college town status

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 ...

Immigration crisis will end when political grandstanding is aborted

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 ...

A warning to the unscrupulous: Updated cameras being installed

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 ...

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

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 ...

Fireworks trend: Reverse it before there is a tragedy

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 ...

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

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 ...

Trump’s government reorganization plan makes sense to people

How nice it would be to believe President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic stupidity. Most Americans have had enough exposure to federal agencies to believe an improvement has occurred when they see it, ...

New prescription policy is worth monitoring for anti-opioid results

The American Society of Addiction Medicine has found that four in five new heroin users began abusing prescription painkillers. That’s a pretty stark fact that lends credence to the thinking that the opioid epidemic is largely a product of prescription painkillers. To that end, Geisinger ...

Putin, Russia are indeed threats, so why not meet, and keep them closer th

President Donald Trump is being criticized roundly by some for his plan to meet personally with Russian leader Vladimir Putin this summer. That may occur next month. Since even before the 2016 election, conspiracy theories about Trump and Putin abounded. There were claims the Russian leader ...

Despite pulling out of climate accord, U.S. making progress on goals

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s timing in lambasting President Donald Trump for pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accords could have been better. Recently, Merkel, saying climate change is “a fact,” called Trump’s decision “very regrettable.” Just days before, ...

Elm Park presents rare city opportunity; Process is important

There was a time when Elm Park along West Fourth Street was teeming with softball teams daily in the summer, with both league and tournament competitions going on seemingly around the clock. That time has passed. The Elm Park Softball Boosters Association has disbanded, the former lease on ...

Energy official makes the case for Trump energy policies

President Trump has his share of detractors. Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, is not among them. He spoke recently to the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce members about the changing energy landscape under the president's watch. The policies, he ...

Responsibility, respect must remain part of our exceptionalism

Good morning, fellow Americans. Welcome to another birthday. It’s July 4th again. There will be fireworks, hot dogs and heat today. There also will be independence, which is what we are celebrating today. It is independence blazed by immigrants who came to this land in search of ...

Ruling dropping union worker dues requirement overdue

Last week, in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it is a violation of the First Amendment for public sector unions to force all public employees – whether union members or not – to pay agency fees that support union activities. It’s about time. Pennsylvania is ...

Charitable giving by Americans shows defining compassion

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: About $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...