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Editorials

Project should bring more consumer benefit to drilling

One of the complaints about the natural gas industry burgeoning presence in our region is that all the drilling has not led to enough direct benefits to local consumers.Whether that's true or not, perhaps an initiative announced last week by PPL will improve the direct benefit aspect of `gas ...

Lycoming County Treatment Court program pays off

Not many people survive drug addiction and go on to become productive citizens.But the Lycoming County Treatment Court program is a tough-love process that has helped many former drug addicts beat the odds against recovery and productivity.Last week, Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts ...

Private funding for city pools needs to be stepped up

The future of Williamsport municipal pools has never been more up in the air.The final swim meet was recently held at the East End Pool, and the pool that has hosted thousands of people over generations will be closing at the end of the year.The City of Williamsport is planning to refurbish the ...

Push to soften PSU football sanctions appears warranted

The transgressions that led to the heavy sanctions against Penn State University's football program, including a four-year bowl ban, have been well-documented at this point.Sexual abuse by a coach against minors is a very serious matter and penalties against Penn State were warranted.But since ...

Obama immigration strategy: Golf, fund raising, fingerpointing

President Barack Obama has been slamming members of Congress for failing to address immigration reform."It is my hope that Speaker Boehner and House Republicans will not leave town for the month of August for their vacations without doing something to help solve this problem," Obama said. "We ...

Immigration crisis: Secure the borders, execute the system

There is a reason the immigration issue divides our country. It is the ultimate social conflict that doesn't have a solution.Take Pennsylvania's immigration situation.More than 500 migrant children who have crossed the southern border of the United States are being housed in Pennsylvania.Some ...

VA bill seek upgrade; Must be followed up with close monitoring

A proposal leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives hope will provide better service to veterans in need of medical care was finalized this week.Lawmakers in both houses are Thursday approved a bipartisan, $16 billion measure to clean up the mess at the Department of Veterans ...

Employment facts show clear uptick in region’s direction

Sometimes, the best way to confront arguments weighted in political talking points is with numbers.In case you have not noticed, this is a highly charged political year in Pennsylvania, with a governor's race in play statewide and, close to home, state representative seats being hotly ...

The best speed limit is the one that is the safest

Remember when 55 mph was pretty much the law of the land on our nation's highways, except for the frontier-like interstates in the midwest, Rocky Mountain states and on the West Coast?Well, that uniformity is gone and motorists have to pay close attention to the yo-yo speed limit regulations ...

Hearing underscores the depth of heroin plaque in the region

The bipartisan state legislative agency The Center for Rural Pennsylvania recently held one of its four statewide hearings on heroin and prescription drug abuse in Williamsport.The testimony came from all corners of the region police, courts, business, human services agencies, appointed and ...

Corbett going to the mat in effort to get vital pension reform

It's an unusual approach. And we like it.Gov. Tom Corbett is getting combative with even his own Republican colleagues in his fight to get changes in the state's pension system that he says would save $10 billion over 30 years.First, he used his line-tem veto power to strike $65 million from ...

Don’t rest until flood insurance act is repealed

The Lycoming County Commissioners apparently don't think changes in the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act in May went far enough.And they are correct.The commissioners acted last week in support of a total repeal of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act.Which is exactly what ...

Some politicians chip away to freedoms to gain advantages

Just because the state budget passed without the addition of natural gas severance tax doesn't mean the push to have one is over.In an interview with the Sun-Gazette, state Rep. Rick Mirabito, a Williamsport Democrat who represents much of our region, continued his push for a severance tax on ...

Some politicians chip away to freedoms to gain advantages

Frustrated that the Constitution enshrines Americans' freedom of speech, including that in which they spend money to speak out on political candidates, a few liberals in the U.S. Senate have become so eager to curb that liberty that they are adopting a new strategy: change the ...

Task force looks to end prescription drug heroin pathway

In the months since the Lycoming County Heroin Task Force began its mission to solve the area's drug problem, it's been pretty well established that prescription drugs are a gateway to much of the region's heroin use.Last week's meeting of the task force brought news that something is being ...

Task force looks to end prescription drug heroin pathway

In the months since the Lycoming County Heroin Task Force began its mission to solve the area's drug problem, it's been pretty well established that prescription drugs are a gateway to much of the region's heroin use.Last week's meeting of the task force brought news that something is being ...

3-percent tuition hikes OK, but can’t be a yearly thing

Students at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will see tuition increase by about 3 percent in the coming school year that begins next month."That's no big deal" would likely be the first reaction to that.In and of itself, that is true.A 3-percent increase closely mirrors the rate of ...

Can anything save disastrous U.S. foreign policies?

At least President Barack Obama has always made it clear he prefers dabbling in domestic policy and doesn't understand much about foreign relations. His philosophy on diplomacy can be summed up as strong leadership - if that's all right with everyone else, including some enemies of the United ...

LCUW allocations: Community generosity answers many needs

The fruits of the Lycoming County United Way's annual fundraising campaign showed themselves with the recent announcement of distribution of $1.3 million. The allocations followed an exhaustive screening process of programs under the United Way funding umbrella, a process that is led by citizen ...

Congress should rein in the EPA on multiple fronts

Most Americans probably believe the main threat they face from the Environmental Protection Agency is higher electric bills and devastation to the economies of coal-mining states. That is incorrect.Many individuals and families have run afoul of the EPA for infractions such as planning to build ...