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Editorials

DEP grant to city represents good news for residents

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 ...

Counties pinpoint correct priorities for state solutions

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’

“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 ...

Time to try some new strategies to clean up bay

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, ...

Draw inspiration

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 ...

Rep. Everett keyed his representation on his constituents

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 ...

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

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

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, ...

Important decisions in 2020

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 ...

Those making winter decisions deserve support

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 ...

Streamlining DA’s Office worth effort, followed by period of self-evaluation

The time-honored saying is you only get one chance to make a first impression. Newly elected Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner played his first-impression card rather distinctively, requesting and gaining approval of the Lycoming County commissioners to streamline operations in ...

Let perseverance, humility lead us on path of betterment

There is no substitute for hard work. We keep coming back to that time and again. Among the many principles we follow is that which says, “Great work is not performed by strength but by perseverance and humility.” Here we are on the doorstep of a new decade in this very short journey ...

Eliminating Iran’s Soleimani may have saved lives

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001, assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin ...

Campana served the city well over 12 years in office

He was a tough politician. He made a lot of people angry at times. But over 12 years at the helm of Williamsport city government, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana accomplished a lot. Sure, not everything worked, but he tried and he tried. He was the mayor who did not give up, no matter how ...

Aid after quake in Puerto Rico direly needed, as is oversight

Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico just can’t seem to catch a break. Still attempting to recover from Hurricane Maria in 2017, many on the islands have been affected by a strong earthquake this week. In comparison to the hurricane, which killed nearly 3,000 people and caused nearly $100 ...

It’s a slam dunk at Picture Rocks elementary school

“I can’t wait for Friday basketball.” That’s what the sixth-graders are saying out loud at Ferrell Elementary School in Picture Rocks these days. It’s not about the game, though. It’s about the team and sense of belonging that takes place during a Friday lunchtime basketball ...

Mayor Slaughter aims to effect change in city

We love when good history is made. It’s a sign, we believe, of progress and the inevitable — change. We congratulate new city Mayor Derek Slaughter upon taking the oath of office. In a ceremonial inauguration Monday at City Hall, Mayor Slaughter promised to lead an inclusive ...

These next few months will need share of patience

So here we are, the warmth of the holidays has given way to the cold of January, and we go into winter survival mode. Do we have enough food in the pantry to weather what we know will be periods of cold and ice? Have we shored up our living spaces, making them impenetrable to the harsh forces ...

Mental health service expansion: Noble goal but complex execution

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a right-minded priority for 2020 — a broad effort to improve mental health services and change public perceptions of mental illness. The initiative includes more resources and a public-outreach campaign similar to the strategy that has been deployed in response ...

Cincinnati mall incident shows need for parents to just say ‘No’

Should parents need any more reminders they ought to know where their children are, both physically and online, the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department can provide one. The Northgate Mall in suburban Cincinnati had to be shut down recently on what should have been one of its busiest days of ...