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Editorials

On this Thanksgiving, principles that make us great need rebirth

It's easy for Americans to be discouraged these days.They are threatened by terrorists within their own borders and elsewhere in the world.The economy is shaky.The social and cultural underpinnings that have made the United States the most successful nation in the world seem to be under ...

Latest blocking of Keystone Pipeline: Illogical resistance

We don't know anyone who doesn't want a clean environment.We don't know any Americans who don't wish for the United States to become more energy independent.And we don't know anyone who doesn't want quality, well-paying jobs for Americans at a time when they are often hard to come by.The ...

Obama immigration power play ultimately will proof divisive

President Obama gave an effective, compassionate speech Thursday night that constituted a strong case for long-overdue reform of the nation's immigration reform.Unfortunately, the point of the speech was an executive order that threatens to further tear the nation apart over the immigration ...

Reassess strategy for stopping the threat of ISIS

Islamic State terrorists - still, for some reason, referred to by many in the media as "militants" or "extremists" - have beheaded another American.Peter Kassig, an American who made himself vulnerable by attempting to help refugees in Syria, is the Islamic State's most recent U.S. victim. Add ...

Corman must lead polite but forceful approach to Wolf

Lost amid the post-election scorekeeping was a rather significant change in the leadership of the Pennsylvania state Senate.The Republican majority there rejected their floor leader, Delaware County's Dominic Pileggi, for Centre County Sen. Jake Corman.Pileggi had served as Senate majority ...

End Obamacare charade and find better ways to improve health care

Saving most Americans money on health insurance by repealing the most objectionable sections of the Obamacare law ought to be a priority when the new Congress convenes early next year.That's right: For most people, it appears repealing Obamacare would lead to lower health insurance ...

Record prison numbers underline need for re-entry service center

For the second consecutive month in October, Lycoming County set a record we suspect it wants to avoid.The prison population for October was 417, the highest on record. That topped the previous record of 387 set in September.Those numbers add up to overcrowding, which creates a need to ...

Encouraging budget plan still requires City Council exam

Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana says he's presenting a no-tax-increase city budget for 2015 to City Council tonight.He's promising the same level of personnel.He's promising no wage freezes on employees.He's promising no layoffs.And the plan includes a 2.6 percent increase in ...

Issues deserve close look before county approves tax hike

The news is that Lycoming County government is staring down the barrel of a one-mill property tax increase with its proposed 2015 budget.It's important to understand the reasons.During a decade-long stretch of no-tax-increase budgets, the county often used a carryover operational surplus to ...

Canadian official sees region’s vast economic potential

Sometimes, the best way to assess the region's worth is to hear the observations and impressions of outsiders.John Prato, consul general of Canada who works regularly on economic partnerships between the United States and Canada, toured several of the region's manufacturing facilities during a ...

Pretending won’t make U.S.-China relations better

President Barack Obama shares one thing with most of his predecessors, whether Democrat or Republican: All try their best to put a bright face on U.S. relations with China - while worrying in private about Beijing's intentions.During a visit to China last week, Obama expressed optimism and ...

Public salaries make sound management key from officials

Today marks the second of three in-depth information pieces in the Sun-Gazette regarding the salaries of local government employees.Last week's piece related to Lycoming County employees, this week's focused on City of Williamsport employees and next week's will be on employees in other ...

Political nuclear bomb unnecessary to achieve proper immigration reform

For months, President Barack Obama and his aides have been suggesting he would take executive action to repair the nation's broken system of regulating immigration. Then, weeks ago, it was revealed the president would wait until after the midterm elections to do so. Clearly, he was afraid steps ...

State faces some tough trends, with one weapon of note

The Pennsylvania problem that impacts the state budget perpetually was outlined in a very factual way recently by Matthew Knittel, director of the Independent Fiscal Office.Pennsylvania is an older state, meaning it has a high percentage of residents born between 1946 and 1964. The result, ...

Firetree Place must find former roots to be successful

There were people and smiles and there was a mood of hope at the building formerly known as The Center last Friday.The occasion was a ribbon-cutting marking the reopening of the building, which has been renamed Firetree Place.We hope the renaming is emblematic of a rebirth of the true purpose ...

Lycoming County needs high quality new commissioner

Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts has a difficult assignment.She is charged with filling the vacant county commissioner seat that developed when commissioner chairman Jeff Wheeland was elected to the state House last week.The judge said she is accepting applicants and looking for ...

Early learning key to quality future workforce locally

Consider that 76 million baby boomers will retire in coming years and there are just 51 million people prepared to replace them in the job market.Consider that 65 percent of the young people being educated in our region will end up staying here, based on the track record of employment.Consider ...

CDC loses credibility over an uneven response to Ebola

When public health threats surface, many Americans, including health care professionals, turn to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC officials are the experts, after all.So why did they get things so badly wrong when Ebola came to the United States. Why did the CDC finally issue ...

Wolf gets nod, but agenda, state needs a difficult match

Folksy plays well in the state of Pennsylvania, distinguished for its crazy quilt of demographics.And so it is that Democrat Tom Wolf, an independently wealthy furniture businessman and a first-time candidate, received a mandate from Pennsylvania residents Tuesday to become their next ...

Terrorists in our midst: A strategy must be developed

In a speech about a month ago, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned of the growing threat of "lone wolf" terrorists. He explained some people may not belong to organizations such as the Islamic State or al-Qaida, but may be persuaded to further their causes by making individual ...