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Editorials

CAC ushers

It’s been a quarter century since the first usher showed the first patron to their seat at the Community Arts Center. What followed has been a whole army of ushers, donating thousands of volunteer hours at downtown’s flagship venue. These are the men and women decked out in black suits, ...

Volunteers key in fight against food insecurity

Are you hungry? If not, be happy that you are not among the one in 10 central Pennsylvanians, or one in six children, who struggles with hunger, according to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. How can that be the case in the United States of America, where the great dream is home ...

What do you see? What do you hear?

A couple of recent Sun-Gazette stories reflect just a few of the reasons we love this community so much. One was about the newest addition to the downtown streetscape, a mosaic of ceramic tiles, shards of mirror and colorful stones on the East Fourth Street side of the Firestone Building at ...

A slippery slope

Gov. Tom Wolf says “Pennsylvania is ready for this.” He is referring to the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, which he says the Pennsylvania General Assembly should go forward with. We do not share his sentiments and hope the leaders of the Republican majority in the ...

Democrats opened Pandora’s box with regard to Ukraine

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

Transcript’s release a dangerous move for national security

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

Carbon emissions from United States down, but rising elsewhere

Curious, is it not, that the major industrial power doing the most to battle climate change is the target of the bulk of criticism regarding that concern? With a new general session of the United Nations underway, multiple world leaders are citing worry about a range of issues. In fairness to ...

Teens with guns need to wake up to deadly reality

What is going on? Yet more incidents of gun violence, yet more young people — older teenagers — facing police charges, yet more stress on people trying to live peaceably, yet more negativity about this beautiful city. It was reassuring to see police take swift action this week with the ...

But what about public safety?

While it was reassuring to see police agencies come together to take swift action, and it was reassuring to see a judge deny bail for an alleged shooter and set high bail amounts for others who allegedly armed themselves with illegal guns for protection, another part of what went down Monday ...

Political football in City Hall

When it comes to spending taxpayer money, elected officials are correct to scrutinize every dollar. Collectively, they are responsible. Decisions on high-ticket spending are not designed to fall completely on the shoulders of one person. We have a system of checks and balances in place in our ...

Hart brought airport advances; challenges await its new leader

For 33 years, Tom Hart has been the face of the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville. That face will be changing when he retires at the end of the year. As executive director, Hart has brought a steadiness to the leadership of the airport, overseeing its operations during times of ...

How would Trudeau have reacted?

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau cultivates ...

Energy research funding critical to future security

Members of Congress are on a time clock regarding appropriations bills. Unless they are enacted by Oct. 1, one more of the dreaded government “shutdowns” may occur. That sort of pressure often pushes good things through the cracks. That should not be permitted in regard to a proposal that ...

Discontinue using that vaping device until more is known

Vaping — use of electronic devices rather than burning tobacco to inhale nicotine — at one time seemed to be a good alternative to smoking. But something seems to have gone badly wrong. Federal officials are investigating a spate of serious breathing illnesses linked to vaping in 33 ...

Economic necessity

The Lycoming County Commissioners are not unanimous on a lot of issues. But they seemed to be in public agreement the other day that police regionalization is closer to reality than ever in Lycoming County. They noted the cost savings and efficiency that would come from sharing of police ...

Dem candidates being irresponsible by calling for ban against fracking

Three Democratic candidates for president, and perhaps more, are hoping to gain votes by proposing all-out prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in the oil and natural gas industries. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have all proposed the bans. Look ...

Graduates make the best case for county reentry program

“This program and its staff saved my life.” Dalasia Williams, one of 32 recent graduates of the Lycoming County reentry program, gave that ringing endorsement of the program that is geared to turning people who have run afoul of the law into productive members of our community. The ...

Terrorist watchlist must point to those who are true threats

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

Campaign for new Bookmobiles

“Smaller, more efficient vehicles with people who care.” That’s the goal of the James V. Brown Library as it looks to raise half a million dollars to upgrade its Bookmobile. And we use the word “upgrade” loosely here. In fact, the library would like to replace its large bus-like ...

Kids United Playground gets community hug

It is much more than a playground. Otherwise, the Kids United Playground proposed for the Stevens Primary School area would not be getting the group hug it is getting from all sectors of the community. The Lycoming County Commissioners last week took $125,000 in Act 13 natural gas impact ...