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Editorials

Americans waking up to dangers of $18 trillion national debt

Many Americans are finally waking up to the damage being done by the $18 trillion national debt, both now and to future generations. Control of Congress by conservative Republicans provides some hope of curbing the deficit spending that continues to add to the debt.Recently, the new Republican ...

Obama seeks end to ‘mindless austerity’ that doubled debt

The United States is $18 trillion that's with a "t" in debt. Most people know that. Apparently, President Obama is unaware of the debt. Or he just hopes not speaking of the debt, half of which happened under his watch, will make it go away.Last week, the president declared an end to "mindless ...

Wolf’s public land drilling ban latest gas industry hurdle

New Governor Tom Wolf says he wants the gas industry to thrive in Pennsylvania.He's got a strange way of showing it.Within two weeks of taking office, Wolf restored the ban on new drilling leases on public land.And there is little doubt he will be seeking to make good soon on a pledge to impose ...

Another try at ending impractical Prevailing Wage Act

Maybe some new blood can get some long overdue state legislation passed.York County state Sen. Scott Wagner, a Republican who took office last year, plans to introduce legislation to abolish a law requiring schools and other official entities to pay a so-called "prevailing wage" for ...

Be careful with use of asset forfeiture against criminals

When asset forfeiture power was added to the tools law enforcement agencies have several years ago, some people applauded the move.Then they began hearing of what can only be considered abuse of the authority. It has become clear limits are needed.Asset forfeiture allows law enforcement ...

Marino: Change in attitude can bring Washington results

There is, believe it or not, a path to progress from lawmakers in Washington that could deliver several solutions to some of the nation's more pressing problems.That much is obvious in a one-hour interview with 10th Congressional District Rep. Tom Marino, a Cogan Station Republican.The take ...

Oil price inconsistency points to need for long-term energy plan

Stock markets in several countries, including ours, posted substantial gains recently. Analysts said oil prices were a big reason for that.No, not the low prices you may have been applauding as you filled your car or truck's tank - higher prices.Many investors see the current slump in petroleum ...

Jordan pilot’s death: Time for U.S.-led effort against ISIS

On Tuesday, Islamic State militants released a video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.Within 12 hours Jordan had retaliated by executing two al-Qaida prisoners. Jordan's leader, King Abdullah II, aborted his visit with President Obama in Washington, headed back to his ...

Wolf’s dismissal of Open records leader: Unnecessary squabble

It doesn't appear Gov. Tom Wolf is in a compromising mood regarding his dismissal of the leader of the state Office of Open Records, one of the final appointments of Gov. Tom Corbett.The attorney general's office filed several documents responding to a lawsuit by Erik Arneson and the Senate ...

Two bills increase leaseholder rights with gas companies

We are big boosters of the natural gas industry and what it has done for the region and state economy, as long as the drilling is done with correct environmental standards in place.Our second caveat is that landowners who lease property to the companies for drilling be treated with the utmost ...

Yaw: Pension reform on the must-do list for state Senate

State Sen. Gene Yaw, addressing a luncheon last week, said pension reform will be the state Senate's first order of business this legislative session."We'll address the pension problem before we do anything else," the Loyalsock Republican said.And then he mentioned the reason why."If we don't, ...

Republican disputes over policies not necessarily a bad thing

Much is being made in the press - and in Democrat circles trying to ignore the message voters sent in November - about an alleged rebellion among Republicans in the House of Representatives.It amounts to much ado about nothing strategically important to GOP leaders.At the heart of the matter ...

New ideas needed to end education tax spiral locally

The announcements seem to be coming with mind-numbing regularity. It feels like every time a school board meets these days, with a few notable exceptions, they are announcing plans to seek a tax exception.from Pennsylvania's Act 1 index, which limits the amount of a school tax hike.This past ...

We should never forget the inhumanity of The Holocaust

Seventy years ago this week, Soviet army troops stormed through the front gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in southern Poland. What they found stunned many of the battle-hardened soldiers.More than 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis at ...

No matter who fills position, city needs competent treasurer

Nicholas Grimes is general manager of a local business and, until this week, was a first-term member of the Williamsport Area School Board.On the surface, he appears to be a sound candidate for city treasurer.City Council voted to hire him last week to fill the final year of the vacant ...

Despite fit, Wolf axes new overseer of state Open Records law

A veteran Pennsylvania Senate aide was named as the new head of the state Office of Open Records at the end of Gov. Tom Corbett's term.And he showed up for work Friday, even though new Gov. Tom Wolf axed the appointment, claiming it did not meet the transparency standards he wants to set.Our ...

We need to dig deep Thursday for United Way

The Lycoming County United Way fundraising campaign is in overtime.With good reason.The money raised to date is significantly below the $1.7 million projected to meet the needs of United Way's program partners. Try six figures less than needed.Over the past four editions of the Sun-Gazette, ...

Foundation’s giving power shows again in 12 worthy grants

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania started off with literally nickels and dimes of giving to a local philanthropic fund. From there it has grown into a multi-million dollar fund with assets distributed annually that have an impact beyond word to a broad variety of causes ...

Congress should force Obama’s hand on Keystone pipeline

An objection to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline being made by some of its liberal opponents may be based on the fact at least 60 percent of Americans are too young to remember the 1973 Arab oil embargo.Some of us recall vividly the long lines and gasoline quotas at service stations - and the ...

There’s a bridge between Gov. Wolf’s speech, state needs

No one is against the keynote goals embodied in Gov. Tom Wolf's inaugural speech Tuesday "jobs that pay, schools that teach and government that works."How and whether Pennsylvania gets there will depend on the degree of pragmatic government that the Democratic governor and ...