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Editorials

Wolf’s budget action is about six months late

Gov. Tom Wolf finally agreed last week to release $23.4 billion of the state's budget vetoing other parts effectively releasing funding to basic and special education and a myriad of other social services that have been struggling during the state's protracted budget stalemate.If you think ...

First impact of climate change accord damages U.S. economy

It probably will require weeks of examining and analyzing the Paris climate change agreement for Americans to understand fully what it means to us.At first glance, however, the pact appears to set the groundwork for devastating our economy even as we help "developing" countries build up ...

For 2016 to be turnaround year, a tough list looms

If felt like 2015 was dominated by news bulletins that fit the unspeakable category.The Islamic State's radical actions created far-flung atrocities that cried out for a more definitive response from both the United States and the world community.Attacks in Paris in January and November brought ...

ISIS being attacked, but the mission still lacks in clarity

slamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq are being attacked more vigorously than ever before, as President Barack Obama emphasized recently. But decisive action against them still appears to be missing."We are hitting ISIL?(Islamic State terrorists) harder than ever," Obama proclaimed. He ...

Year-end trepidation must be met with individual resolve

We ring out the old of 2015 and ring in the new of 2016 with a concession:We have trepidations.Our world feels more fragile than ever. That's the gnawing fallout of a year underscored by some unspeakable tragedies.From San Bernardino to South Carolina to Paris, the news bulletins of fatal ...

Lycoming, Dr. Trachte, POY list cause for hope in our area

Lycoming College and its president, Dr. Kent C. Trachte, topped the Sun-Gazette's Person of the Year list in 2015 with good reason.The school and its president had a banner year within the college's boundaries but had just as large of an impact in the community.On campus, completion of a ...

Council passes city budget that no one is very happy about

Williamsport's city budget for 2016 was doomed from the start to be a plan no one is ultimately happy about.The $24.1 million budget approved by City Council carries with it a 1.89-mill real estate tax increase, $189 on a $100,000 property.Local homeowners can't be very happy about that.Mayor ...

City correct to seek fine for late cutout patching

We don't know if the city of Williamsport will be successful in its quest to recover $1,000 per day in late payments for failure to complete paving of streets where water and gas main replacements were done before the late November closure of asphalt plants.But we share the frustration.And we ...

Intelligence analysts’ claims are much more than a political game

More than 50 military intelligence analysts have said their conclusions about battling terrorists in Syria and Iraq were altered by U.S. Central Command officials to exaggerate successes against groups such as the Islamic State.Members of Congress revealed Friday they will investigate the ...

Tough times mix with moments of progress in 2015

A local election year that promises a transition in much of the area's public leadership.A heroin crisis that is being battled head-on and a violent crime trend that causes daily concern.Physical developments in downtown Williamsport that portend an upbeat future.In a year that was seemingly ...

The Bergdahl case: On one issue, the verdict is already in

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is being tried by a general court-martial on charges he deserted his unit in Afghanistan and engaged in misbehavior before the enemy. For Bergdahl, the trial will settle the question of whether he should be punished for what he did.But on a more important issue, the ...

On this day, we need renewal of peace, hope, faith

On this Christmas day, we celebrate the soul that exists in all of us regardless of our particular spiritual beliefs.You can argue, given the times, we've never needed Christmas more.We are met with a daily barrage of violence in our streets, terrorism worldwide and domestic transgressions ...

Holiday-inspired push needed for United Way campaign

The Lycoming County United Way has topped $1 million in pledges in its annual fundraising campaign. The sobering news is that the campaign needs to raise $1.625 million to meet its fundraising goal this year.Most of that amount would be used to support the needs of the local United Way's ...

Step one in reuse of Nippenose School property is taken

It turns out the Nippenose Valley Elmentary School, closed two and a half years ago, is valuable to someone.A local contractor bid $470,000 to successfully buy the school at a recent auction.Of course, that's only part one of the story. What happens now to the building?Troy Musser, the ...

Lawsuit embodies deserved gas lease royalty protection

When a landowner agrees to lease property for gas drilling, it's a rather sacred covenant.That covenant includes royalty payments that are due the landowner.Over the course of the past several years, there have been claims from local property owners from time to time that they are being cheated ...

Iran takes missile buildup cue from North Korea

At least President Barack Obama has been candid about what he plans to do about Iran's missile buildup: nothing.Iran conducted another test of a medium-range missile, with a range of about 1,200 miles, this week.The test was in violation of two United Nations resolutions on such activity.A ...

South Williamsport fire company merger: Practical, necessary

Three could soon become one in South Williamsport.That's the crux of fire operations action taken by South Williamsport Borough Council Monday. Council approved establishment of 501-(c3) non-profit status for the South Williamsport Fire Department.The action is the legal step required to merge ...

There are reasonable alterations available regarding gun control

Most people would agree terrorists should not be permitted to buy guns. But what about "suspected violent extremists"?In both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives this week, Democrats pushed for a bill that would, in the The Associated Press' words, "prevent suspected violent extremists ...

School test results: The eye test marks count just as much

The bad news is that the new Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSA, test shows results for area schools that are not as good as years past.The good news is that the test is new and the lower scores were expected in the first year that it was used.The PSSA scores are a significant ...

Residency rule makes police chief hire more difficult

Given Williamsport's crime circumstances, it's arguable that the position of police chief is the most important position in city government.That position is soon to become vacant, with Police Chief Gregory A. Foresman retiring next year.With no one on the force applying for the position, the ...