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Editorials

Some in Congress more in touch with ISIS threat than president

Comments by members of Congress familiar with the threat of terrorism should set off alarm bells in the heads of thoughtful Americans. The lawmakers worry President Barack Obama is not doing enough to stop Islamic State barbarians in Iraq and Syria.Unless Obama does something decisive - a trait ...

Levee certification an irritating city bill that must be paid

The latest estimate for the city's costs to get its flood protection levee system certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is $395,000.City officials are not happy.Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he doesn't understand why the federal government can't help the city out. He can't ...

Oil revenues make ISIS more dangerous than al-Qaida was

Islamic State terrorists are a greater threat than al-Qaida ever was. That is because they possess several advantages al-Qaida never enjoyed.First is that the Islamic State has conquered a vast swath of territory in Iraq and Syria.Second is that the Islamic State seems to have an excellent ...

Indiana, Michigan show Right-to-Work state law overdue

By now, the talking points are familiar regarding Right to Work legislation.Advocates say that it is purely about the right for workers to labor while maintaining the final say in whether they will be in a union or not.Unions say Right-to-Work legislation will destroy members and, eventually ...

Proposal to pay city police recruit costs worth pursuing

Like most cities, Williamsport is challenged not only to pay for an adequate number of police officers, but also to find and attract replacements quickly when vacancies occur.One of the big stumbling blocks is that the state no longer reimburses the city for the costs of policemen obtaining ...

State highway bill turning more wishes into working reality

The state has a 12-year transportation program and it is mirrored by similar plans on the county level.Both are generally talked about as wish lists, with some acknowledgement that not everything can get done.But with the passage of Act 89, a $2 billion transportation bill signed by Gov. Tom ...

World needs to see Hamas for what it is in Mideast conflict

Negotiators from Israel and the Hamas terrorist group that controls Gaza met under Egyptian sponsorship this week, in an attempt to end fighting between the two. Israel had agreed to a cease-fire to facilitate the talks.But Hamas broke the cease-fire by sending three rockets - seen by some ...

On this Labor Day, we hope for rebirth of proper work ethic

What do you do? Translated, that means what is your life's labor that helps you make a living?On this Labor Day, it is worth remembering how quickly in a get-acquainted conversation the question about our work focus comes up.That's a reflection of how important everyone's work is in the grand ...

The Route 220 dilemma getting closer to solution

The final report on Route 220 changes geared to making the stretch of highway west of Williamsport safer is due from the designers by the end of the year.Judging from the details of a public meeting this past week, it will take all of that time to establish the final plans for the Route 220 ...

‘Inspectors’ of the administration deserve more support from Congress

Perhaps the best friends Americans have in government are the inspectors general who act as watchdogs to root out waste and sometimes, crime by politicians and bureaucrats.There can be no reasonable doubt that without them, mismanagement and crime in government would be even more rampant than ...

Corbett’s score on education belies the scare tactics

Following is a factual sequence designed to tell you why you should do more than listen to slickly delivered television ads before voting in this year's Pennsylvania governor's race.The ad running everywhere right now says that Gov. Tom Corbett cut $1 billion in education funding. First, this ...

Ferguson: A tragic loss balloons into an unneeded confrontation

None of us knows what really happened Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.The available facts are that Michael Brown, unarmed, robbed a convenience store. He was shot during a confrontation of undetermined circumstances with a police officer and died.Since then, there have been riots, lootings, protests, ...

Corbett’s formula easy to criticize, but the correct path

When Gov. Tom Corbett sat down recently for an interview with a panel of Associated Press reporters and editors, his no-new-tax pledge was a hot topic.Corbett maintained that he has kept his pledge not to raise taxes during the term, though some might challenge that claim as more semantic than ...

75th anniversary LLB Series produced multiple watersheds

The Little League World Series that concluded Sunday was destined to be a watershed series before it started, based on a number 75. This year's series culminated the 75th anniversary of the sport's founding by Williamsport's Carl Stotz.But this year's Series and everything that surrounded it ...

Heavier air strikes needed to eliminate imminent ISIS threat

A free lance American journalist was savagely beheaded last week by Islamic State radicals, who then posted the video for all to see.The American response?The nation's chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Eric Holder, mapped out plans to apprehend the Britsh-accented man who ...

Loyalsock well site can be a victory for all parties

Inflection Energy got a hard-fought government victory with approval of a gas well site on Palmer Road in Loyalsock Township this past week.We'd like to think the energy company is not the only victor in this ultimate outcome of a hotly-debated proposal.There are no fewer than 16 conditions ...

City blighted property resale plan laudable, but needs finetuning

The City of Williamsport would like to reduce the number of blighted properties to six. Then it would like to purchase them and sell them back to developers, who would turn them into productive properties again.If the city can pull it off, it's a laudable goal.But there is a catch, a big one, ...

Time for IRS scandal to move from Congress to courts and media

Internal Revenue Service officials finally are being called to account in court. Sometime during the near future, they will have to explain to a federal judge how they "lost" a massive number of email messages sought for a congressional investigation.It is about time the IRS scandal moved out ...

Another voice seeks overdue paycheck protection legislation

Add another voice to the movement to end the political funding privileges of the state's public unions.The Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women last week passed a resolution supporting the passage of paycheck protection legislation in Pennsylvania.Such legislation aims to end the ...

Realities of postal service of today having local impact

A recent Sun-Gazette survey confirmed the inconsistencies in local mail delivery since the closure of the Reach Road processing center in Williamsport a year ago.Frankly, the amount of time to get a piece of mail from Williamsport to Harrisburg where it is now processed and back to the area ...